5th May 2015
Aaron Price
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Gorgeous rare posters by the likes of Picasso, Míro and Le Corbusier

It’s always great to see another side of the biggest names in art, and in this selection of posters from artists including Picasso, Henri Matisse, Yves Klein and Le Corbusier, our curiosity is amply satisfied. These masters’ works have been drawn together for a London exhibition showcasing lithographic posters from the archive of Galerie Mourlot, which originated in Paris but now calls New York its home. Each of the posters is lithograph printed, and all are fascinating; many showing a looser style to the ones we’re so familiar with from these big names.

Rare Marilyn Monroe Dress Hits Auction Block

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Photo: Nickolas Muray / George Eastman House / Getty Images

Hundreds of pieces of rare Hollywood memorabilia are going under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in Beverley Hills. The items in the sale span several generations of actresses and actors, from the stars of early black and white films to today’s mega-budget blockbusters. The highlight of the auction is a rose-printed silk crepe dress, with a v-back, worn by Marilyn Monroe in her final movie, Something’s Got to Give (1962). The dress was designed and hand-made by the production’s costume designer Jean Louis and features an ivory-colored soufflé-lining. The one-of-a-kind dress is estimated to fetch $400,000 to $600,000.

Faecal transplants and bio-art … Eden Project’s latest exhibition explore the science of microbes


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Microbes. They are around you, on you and in you – outnumbering your body’s own cells and influencing your health in ways scientists are only just beginning to tease apart. Now this motley crew of microbes has taken over a new exhibition set to open this month at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Invisible You: The Human Microbiome will reveal how we become colonised by bacteria, fungi, protozoa and other micro-organisms, exploring microbes’ role in keeping us healthy and the consequences should our internal ecosystem fall out of kilter.

The Prado and a New Royal Museum Duel Over Paintings

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“The Descent From the Cross,” by Rogier van der Weyden, is one of the Prado's top two attractions. Credit Susana Vera/Reuters

MADRID — A royal battle is simmering here. On one side is the Prado, a renowned repository of art and a showcase of Spanish culture that draws huge numbers of tourists. On the other is a brash newcomer, emerging onto the scene in layers of gray granite from a hillside near the baroque royal palace of Spanish kings. In advance of its opening, the upstart, the Museum of Royal Collections, is insisting that the Prado surrender four paintings, including its top two attractions — “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch and a sumptuous 15th-century depiction of the descent of Christ from the cross by Rogier van der Weyden.

Nepal’s cultural heritage celebrated in New York

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The museum is showing one of the world’s largest Nepalese scroll paintings, dating from the 19th century, which depicts the temple of Rato Machhendranath in the Kathmandu Valley. Photo: Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art, New York’s only museum dedicated to the art of the Himalayas, is launching a series of programmes to honour the cultural heritage of Nepal in the wake of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the Kathmandu Valley on 25 April. The Rubin will show a selection of its nearly 600 Nepalese objects in the lobby, accessible free of charge, from today, 4 May. It is also offering guided tours focused on Nepalese art and culture, concerts featuring Nepalese musicians and presentations from organisations providing earthquake relief in the region.

Statue Of The Two Hercules Damaged By Selfie-Seeking Tourists


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An unfortunate incident took place in the northern Italian city of Cremona, involving Statue of the Two Hercules (circa 1700). The marble statue is of the city’s coat of arms held by two figures of Hercules, and considered a symbol of the city, as the demigod is said to have founded Cremona. The scultpure was originally displayed above the city gates – which were demolished in 1910 – since 1962, the piece has been located under the portico of Loggie dei Militi, which is a historic 1292 building that formerly housed the city militia.

From Vandal to Legend: ‘Wild Style’ Graffiti Pioneer Lee Quinones on NY Street Art

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Lee Quinones in his Studio, 2015. (Photo: Nicole Klagsbrun)

In 1975, New York City’s subway cars were the canvas of choice for artist Lee Quinones, aka LEE, and his work could be seen all over town. Now, almost 40 years later, the artist is taking a look back at his beginnings with a pop-up show of his first drawings at Nicole Klagsbrun’s Lower East Side gallery, on view through June 7. The show is a mix of old and new, featuring never before shown sketches for the subway murals that helped earn him a spot in history as one of the leading figures of contemporary street art, a brand new painting, and 10 recent drawings.

Sarah Lucas, British Pavilion, Venice Biennale, review: ‘remarkably strong’

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Confidently custard: Sarah Lucas's 'Deep Cream Maradona' in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Photo: © British

Walking into Sarah Lucas’s British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is like diving into a gigantic bowl of custard. This isn’t fanciful. The walls are painted custard-yellow. So is the big sculpture in the first gallery. Lucas even says that her inspiration was a classic dessert known as a “Floating Island”: a confection of meringue bobbing about in vanilla custard.

How a Queer Asian Artist Infiltrated the New York Scene Through Dress-Up and Self-Portraiture

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Tseng Kwong Chi, “New York, New York (World Trade Center)” (1979), from the ‘East Meets West’ series (all images courtesy Grey Art Gallery)

As an Asian boy growing up middle-class in America, I was taught assimilation was key. With the right dress and verbal codes, I could be a part of the the healthy, wealthy, and white lifestyle of magazines and sitcoms. Of course, I learned later this was false, and encountering the work of Tseng Kwong Chi helped me bury those aspirations for good. In his best-known series, East Meets West, Tseng photographed himself as the ultimate outsider: wearing reflective sunglasses and a “Mao” jacket, chin tilted up and unsmiling as he posed by the great monuments of the West — Disneyland, Notre Dame, the World Trade Center. He doesn’t hide the shutter release cable in his hand, reminding us that he is in control of the image.

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