Picasso's Women of Algiers smashes auction record
Picasso's Women of Algiers has become the most expensive painting to sell at auction, going for $179.3m (£115m) at Christie's in New York. Eleven minutes of prolonged bidding from telephone buyers preceded the final sale - for much more than its pre-sale estimate of $140m. The evening sale also featured Alberto Giacometti's life-size sculpture Pointing Man, which set a record as the most expensive sculpture, at $141.3m. The buyers chose to remain anonymous. The Picasso oil painting i...Venice Biennale honours Africa's 'bottle-top artist' El Anatsui
The Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, one of Africa's most influential artists, says he is delighted to be receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. "It's a good feeling to be recognised but at the same time it puts a lot of responsibility on one to make sure that you live up to the award's expectations," he told BBC Africa. "A Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement would tend to give the impression that one is at the end of the road," he added, laughing. "It ...We Shall Overcome singer Guy Carawan dies at 87
Guy Carawan, whose rendition of We Shall Overcome became an anthem of the US civil rights movement, has died at the age of 87. The white folk musician popularized the song by teaching it to a group of black activist students in 1960. It was taken up as a rally cry and was sung at the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery led by Martin Luther King. President Johnson also quoted the lyrics when describing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The song has a long oral history and can be traced b...Aram Khachaturyan string concert gives concert in Ethiopia dedicated to Armenian...
On April 13 Aram Khachaturyan string quartet performed in the capital of Ethiopia Addis Ababa. The concert was dedicated to the Armenian Genocide centennial. The quartet performed the works of Komitas, Aram Khachaturyan, Vard Manukyan, Ruben Altunyan. The musicians of the quartet Vache Hoveyan, Mary Markaryan, Ashot Khoyetsyan and Hayk Vardanyan shared their impressions today at the meeting with reporters. Vache Hoveyan said that the concert was a real success, but added that before it sta...Louie Louie singer Jack Ely dies aged 71
Jack Ely, the lead singer of the Kingsmen who was best known for 1960s hit Louie Louie, has died aged 71. His son, Sean Ely said the singer died at home in Redmond, Oregon after a long battle with an illness. Ely's incoherent singing on Louie Louie led the FBI to investigate the famous track on the grounds that it might be obscene. Ely had a falling out with the band shortly after the song was recorded and later trained horses in Oregon. "Louie Louie" was recorded in 1957 by Richard ...Dulwich Picture Gallery's 'fake' painting revealed
The identity of replica painting which was hung at Dulwich Picture Gallery as part of a "spot-the-fake" challenge has been revealed. Since February, Jean-Honore Fragonard's 18th Century work Young Woman has been replaced by a $120 (£70) counterfeit, produced in China. The public was asked whether it could identify the fake amongst the permanent collection of 270 Old Master paintings. Nearly 3,000 visitors cast a vote, but only 10% guessed correctly. The original will be put back in i...Andrew Lesnie, Lord of the Rings cinematographer, dies
Andrew Lesnie, Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer of the Lord of the Rings films, has died at the age of 59. The Sydney native, who won an Oscar in 2002 for his work on the first Lord of the Rings film, is believed to have suffered a heart attack on Monday. Russell Crowe, who recently worked with Leslie on his directorial debut The Water Diviner, was among the first to react to the news. "The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on," he tweeted.Rediscovered Francis Bacon portraits up for auction
Two self-portraits by Francis Bacon are going on public display for the first time after being rediscovered in a private collection, before being sold. Although experts knew the works by the late painter existed, they had no idea who had bought them. Descendants of the original owner have decided to sell the paintings, which are expected to fetch up to £15m each. The artworks are titled Self-Portrait 1975 and Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980). A Bacon painting featuring his frie...German author Guenter Grass dies
Guenter Grass, German Nobel literature prize winner and author of The Tin Drum, has died aged 87. His publisher said he passed away at a clinic in the city of Luebeck. Born in what was then Danzig, Grass served in the German military in World War Two and published his breakthrough anti-Nazi novel, The Tin Drum, in 1959. Later in life he became a vocal opponent of German reunification in 1990, and argued afterwards that it had been carried out too hastily. Grass's home town became the...Joni Mitchell in 'intensive care' in Los Angeles hospital
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is in intensive care after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. She was rushed to hospital on Tuesday afternoon. A statement released on her website said she "regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an LA area hospital." It went on to add that the eight-time Grammy winner is "currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits." In December she told Billboard magazine that she has a rare skin condition, Mor...Karine Khodikyan “Two stories for five actors” wins at international contest
The international theatrical contest “Speaking about Borders” exists since 2005. The organizer is Nurnberg State Theatre. This year with the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and German Embassy to Armenia the contest is being conducted in our country. “We are glad that the jubilee, 10th contest is being held in Armenia. Wonderful works have been created. I think that the conduction of the contest in your country was a significant event for the Ministry of Culture as it managed to present th...Picasso electrician ordered to return artworks
An elderly electrician has been ordered to return more than 200 Pablo Picasso works after a court found him guilty of possessing stolen goods. Pierre Le Guennec, 75, and his wife Danielle were also given a two-year suspended sentence after hiding the pieces at his home in Grasse, France, for close to 40 years. He claimed Picasso had given him the treasure trove before he died in 1973. The works will now be returned to the Picasso Administration. The collection has yet to be valued, but...Armenia to have status of official guest at the MIDEM international music festival
Armenia will have a status of official guest at the MIDEM international music industry festival this year. It will be conducted in Cannes, France from June 5-8. It was stated today at the Komitas museum-institute. Armenia’s Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan said this event is also part of the Armenian Genocide centennial events. “We have adopted three important slogans – memory, gratitude and revival. The participation in MIDEM is revival as we are going to present not only music but our revi...Armenian State Youth Orchestra comes up with symbol of the Armenian Genocide cen...
For already the second year Armenian State Youth Orchestra is participating in Al Bustan international festival which started from February 17 in Beirut and will last until March 22. Deputy culture minister Arthur Poghosyan told the reporters today that this year the orchestra participated in the festival within the framework of the events dedicated to the Armenian Genocide centennial with the assistance of the state committee coordinating the centennial events. “During the festival the m...
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