Monday, June 30, 2014

Painting bought for $200 proven as work of Salvador Dali - posted by FFAB

"The Intrauterine Birth of Salvador Dali" 
the recently discovered painting

Painting bought for $200 proven as work of Salvador Dali
By Anne Sewell
May 23, 2014 in Arts

Madrid - A painter and art historian was browsing in a store in Girona, Spain in 1988 when he found a canvas he suspected was painted by Salvador Dali. He paid 25,000 pesetas for the work (around $200) and took it home. It has now proven to be the work of Dali. 

Tomeu L'Amo told the media that by the colors and the style of the painting, he was pretty certain it was the work of Dali, but at that time he had no proof. Now his theories have been vindicated, he is over the moon. "I was very happy. I felt like a kid in a candy store," he told a news conference in Madrid. T

he reasons why it was not authenticated before included the fact that the signature on the painting has the date 1896, which was eight years before Dali was even born. Since then, during the period 2004 to 2013, the painting has been subjected to the latest high-tech tests, including X-rays, ultraviolet radiation and infrared photography. Art experts have now finally and categorically concluded that it is, indeed, the work of the surrealist Dali. It would have been painted around 1921 when Dali was 17 years old. 

Read more here

With so many Dali's being found to be fakes its nice to hear a story of one going the other way.  GL

Norton Museum of Art offers FREE summer admission programs - posted by FFAB

Norton Museum of Art offers FREE summer admission programs Ashleigh Walters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - If you want to beat the heat with a cultural infusion, the Norton Museum of Art is offering a series of free admission opportunities to visitors this summer.

Free Thursdays for Florida residents will start June 5th and go throughout June, July, August and September 4th.  With proof of residency, Florida residents can enjoy free admission all day, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, including Art After Dark. 

Free admission is offered year-round to teachers and administrators at public and private Florida primate, middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities.  Just present a valid school identification.

Starting Memorial Day weekend on Saturday May 24, through Labor Day weekend on Sunday August 31, present proof of service.  The museum offers free admission to all active military and their family members, including grandparents, aunts and uncles.  The museum is closed Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) and Labor Day (Monday, September 1).

If you're a resident of West Palm Beach, you can get into the museum for free every Saturday.  Palm Beach County residents get in for free the first Saturday of every month.  The summer’s first Saturdays are June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6.

On Saturday, September 27, you can get two free admission tickets.  Download a free Museum Day Live! Ticket from the Smithsonian magazine website, and present it to Norton Visitor Services.

NOTE: The Norton Museum of Art is closed for reinstallations September 8-22, reopening at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23.  For more information, visit or call 561.832.5196.

Call to Florida Artists: Juried Show/Competition - posted by FFAB

24th Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show 
Call to Artists: Juried Show/Competition 
DEADLINE -- July 25, 2014

The Arts Council of Martin County, Florida invites artists residing in Florida to participate in its 24th Annual Juried Arts Show. Selected works will be exhibited at the Court House Cultural Center from September 19, 2014 through Friday, November 7, 2014.
How to Participate

Submit digital images to CaFE

Friday, June 20, 2014

Art around the Web - Art in Video Games - posted by FFAB

Episode 1

First Two Episodes of MOCAtv's 'Art in Video Games Los Angeles' Released

MOCAtv (the video channel for the Museum of Contemporary Art) has released "Art in Video Games Los Angeles" episodes one and two. Art in Video Games Los Angeles focuses on gaming culture and artists in Los Angeles and offers interviews with important industry veterans like Stephanie Barish, Tracy Fullerton, Richard Lemarchand, and Sam Roberts. Profiled in later episodes are the new school of game artists like Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen (Journey), Ian Dallas (The Unfinished Swan), and Mark Essen (Nidhogg).

Episode one, "Strange Rain," features media artist Erik Loyer, who "uses tactile and performative interfaces to tell stories with interactive media."

"I think of games as instruments. Something that is constrained and has a particular idea of things it wants to get across, but you can also perform it in a lot of different ways," he says in the video.

Episode two, "Game On," features Eric Zimmerman (NYU Game Center), Tracy Fullerton (Director, USC Game Innovation Lab), and Erik Loyer, who introduce viewers to the contemporary turn in gaming. They discuss the innovations in authorship and user input, and the growing diversity of a once-monolithic industry.

Episode 2


You can find links both episodes below:
- Episode 1: STRANGE RAIN
- Episode 2: GAME ON

Thursday, June 12, 2014

SOM presents plans for a multimodal transport hub in Miami - posted by FFAB

rendering courtesy SOM / © SOM

SOM presents plans for a multimodal transport hub in Miami

Plans have been unveiled for a multimodal transport hub to be built in miami, designed by global architecture firm skidmore, owings & merrill (SOM). the large scale infrastructure will transform florida’s transportation landscape with additional passenger stations at fort lauderdale and west palm beach also set to be constructed by SOM. local practice zyscovich architects is serving as the project’s associate architect and planner. 

skidmore, owings & merrill som miami station all aboard florida designboom
the terminal is elevated 50 feet above street level, with retail outlets positioned below 

rendering courtesy SOM / © SOM

The hub is part of a larger rail project entitled ‘all aboard florida‘, connecting miami to orlando, and offering the region’s residents and visitors vastly improved train links. once passenger services begin in late 2016, the scheme will eliminate more than three million car journeys each year.

skidmore, owings & merrill som miami station all aboard florida designboom
once passenger services begin in late 2016, the scheme will eliminate more than 

three million car journeys each year   rendering courtesy SOM / © SOM
Located in densely populated downtown miami, the primary terminal is elevated 50 feet above street level. retail outlets are positioned beneath the glazed structure, offering a variety of places to meet, shop and eat. the lifted nature of the design also means that roadside properties remain leasable, and that routes below stay open to traffic.

skidmore, owings & merrill som miami station all aboard florida designboom
the project offers a variety of places to meet, shop and eat
rendering courtesy SOM / © SOM

‘this project is a true celebration of the power and potential of transit-oriented development,’ explained roger duffy, design partner at SOM. ‘we are excited to continue working with all aboard florida to realize this vibrant infrastructural undertaking, unparalleled in its scope, scale, and vision.’

skidmore, owings & merrill som miami station all aboard florida designboom
aerial view of the downtown miami site
rendering courtesy SOM / © SOM

‘an estimated 12 million travelers will benefit from the miami station,’ commented michael reininger, president and chief development officer at all aboard florida. ‘all aboard florida provides a fast and convenient transit alternative for this growing demand and need, while integrating transportation infrastructure with mixed use development to serve as a catalyst for transformation and economic vitality in a city that is quickly becoming a model for urban living today.

Article found here on

How long can the art market boom last? - Financial Times - posted by FFAB

The record-breaking Christie’s auction in November last year where Francis Bacon’s 
‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ sold for $142.4m

How long can the art market boom last?
Financial Times  By Georgina Adam

Historically, the overall trend is upwards, but not for everyone and not always 
New York, May 13 2014: as afternoon turned into evening, limousines lined up outside Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza headquarters. Elegantly dressed visitors made their way past Marc Quinn’s eye-catching sculpture of supermodel Kate Moss twisted into a gravity-defying yoga position, their attention focused on the evening ahead. Could the art market also continue to defy gravity and climb even higher than it had already?
Six months earlier, in November 2013, Christie’s had pulverised market records with a sale of contemporary art that totalled $691.5m – the highest for any auction. It included a new high for any work of art at auction, when Las Vegas casino billionaire Elaine Wynn spent $142.4m on Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”; and a new record for a living artist as Jeff Koons’ shiny orange “Balloon Dog” romped to $58.4m.

Those of us who have worked in the art market for many years find this new world almost unrecognisable. I started reporting from Paris in the 1980s when Van Gogh and Renoir were fetching the highest auction prices, and a top art fair was the Biennale des Antiquaires, featuring Louis XV ormolu-mounted lacquer commodes and Sèvres porcelain. Impressionist paintings were must-haves, particularly during the hysterical years at the end of the decade when Japanese buyers drove the market to frenzied heights, only for it to collapse after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 and the property market tanked.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s contemporary art was hardly sold at auction. While there was a brief “greed is good” interlude in the 1980s – when Julian Schnabel and others enjoyed superstar status – this ended with the 1990 slump. The art world was mainly US- and EU-centric: Chinese art mainly meant Ming porcelain, Indian art Mughal miniatures. Communism or dictatorships closed off Russia, China and Latin America from trading much in art. The Gulf states were not on anyone’s art radar.

In 1995, when I moved to Japan, the country suffered the twin blows of the Kobe earthquake and a terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway. The country’s miracle period of economic growth was over and I watched as banks tried to offload the massive inventory of paintings bought in the “bubble” years, often selling works at a tenth or less of the prices they had previously paid.

Back in the UK in 2000, I saw the first dotcom boom collapse, sweeping away early adopters’ predictions that the internet would propel the art market upwards by finding new buyers around the world.

Then, from 2004 onwards, it all changed. The market for contemporary and modern art began to grow powerfully, barely flinching after the 2008-09 global crisis. It has continued to grow, galvanised by new players, from giant art fairs to massively rich new collectors and emerging economies, as well as changing roles for auction houses and galleries. In my new book Big Bucks – The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century I look at how this happened.

Read the whole article here

This is a very insightful article worth a look.  The title itself gives away the only answer possible, every boom must have a bust.  The only real question is when. Money flooding into the auction houses from Russia, China and India should keep the boom going for the near future at least.  GL

Mellon, Getty Trust pledge $13 million for Detroit art museum - posted by FFAB

A view of a gallery at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, which faces a possible sale of some its collection as the city deals with bankruptcy. (Bill Pugliano / Getty Images)

Mellon, Getty Trust pledge $13 million for Detroit art museum
LATimes by

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is pledging $10 million, and the J. Paul Getty Trust is pledging $3 million. The money will go toward the DIA's goal to raise $100 million toward the "grand bargain," a citywide effort to raise more than $800 million to ease pension cuts and prevent museum art from being sold.

Under terms of the grand bargain, the city of Detroit will transfer ownership of the DIA's art collection to the nonprofit organization that operates the museum.

Museum leaders around the country have voiced concern in recent months over the fate of DIA's collection after some Detroit leaders suggested that artwork be sold to help alleviate the city's financial burdens. The city declared bankruptcy in 2013.

Last month, the city's creditors put in motion an effort to appraise the museum's collection, about 66,000 pieces of art.

James Cuno, president and chief executive of the Getty Trust, said in a prepared statement Wednesday that the Getty is "proud to participate with other distinguished supporters in addressing the unique situation that is currently facing the DIA, through no fault of its own."

On Monday, automakers Ford, General Motors and Chrysler announced that they are donating a total of $26 million toward the museum's goal. Chrysler is donating $6 million, while Ford and GM are donating $10 million each. 

Full Times article found here

Great to hear the large foundations getting involved.  Still a long way to go before the artwork is safe from a fire sale.  It will be interesting to see where else moneys can be raised.  I'm also interested to see where the full collections appraisal comes in.  I'm sure there are private collectors lining up to move these public paintings into their private hands.  Lets hope that never happens and the public museum stays intact.  GL

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June Events at BOCA Museum of Art - posted by FFAB

Current Exhibitions
World Map Rug, knotted wool, Western Afghanistan, acquired in Peshawar (Pakistan), 1989, 37 1/2 x 62 1/4 inches
Afghan Rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia
Through July 27, 2014
Elaine Reichek: The Eye of the Needle
Through July 27, 2014
Roberto Matta: The Freedom of Gesture
Through October 25, 2014
Outreach Expo
Through June 15, 2014
Free Admission Thursdays
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Thanks to a generous grant from an anonymous donor, the Museum will offer free admission every Thursday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM during the months of June, July, and August.
Late Night Thursday
Thursday, June 26 / 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Join the Museum on the evening of Thursday, June 26 and enjoy a free glass of wine, a 30% discount at the Museum Store, gallery tours, and a cash bar. From 5:30 to 6:30 PM, curator Marisa J. Pascucci will lead a guided tour of the exhibition, Afghan Rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia.
Curatorial Highlight Tours
2:00 to 3:00 PM
Free with Museum admission

Thursday, June 5 - Curator's Whim
Friday, June 20 - Texture
Gallery Talks
3:00 PM
Free with Museum admission

Thursday, June 3 - Permanent Collection
Thursday, June 5 - Glass Collection
Tuesday, June 10 - African Art
Tuesday, June 17 - African Art
Thursday, June 26 - Glass Collection

June Events at Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale - posted by FFAB

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Art Around the Web - PAMM Video Art Guide: Architecture - posted by FFAB

The new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, offers 200,000 square feet of programmable space for the display of works of art, educational activities, relaxation and dining.  Thom Collins, PAMM's Director, gives us an inside look at the architecture's inspirations and breaks down different components of the building. 
Slide 2: Architecture
Slide 3: Inspiration
Slide 4: Hanging Gardens / Landscaping
Slide 5: Lobby / First Floor
Slide 6: Central Staircase / Auditorium
Slide 7: Gallery Typology
Slide 8: Floors, Walls and Ceilings
Slide 9: Education and Mission

Eight short videos to watch each interesting and give insight to the museums design.

The videos can be found on PAMM's website starting here
Click  "next slide" on the lower right hand side to see all the videos.  GL

Tampa art museum director leaving - posted by FFAB

Times (2013)

Tampa art museum director leaving to lead California museum
By Philip Morgan, Times Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:15pm
TAMPA — Todd Smith, whose nearly six-year tenure as executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art saw exhibits including Degas and Matisse, is leaving to head the Orange County Museum of Art in California.

Orange County hired Smith as its chief executive officer after an eight-month search, the museum announced Wednesday.

"He was the perfect candidate," said spokeswoman Kirsten Schmidt.
July 3 is Smith's last day at the Tampa museum. He starts at the Orange County museum Aug. 4.

"These transitions are always tough decisions," said Smith, who oversaw the rise and operation of a new 66,000-square-foot museum on the Hillsborough River after arriving in 2008.

Smith, 48, views his biggest accomplishments in Tampa as bringing world-class exhibits to the city and making the museum more accessible to the public, offering such deals as opening the museum on Friday nights for whatever visitors want to pay.

"We've done quite a lot in the last six years," he said.

He said the museum is financially sound and exhibitions have been planned out for several years. So the main challenge the Tampa board of directors and new leader face is "figuring out what they want to focus on in terms of growth of the museum."

Curator Seth Pevnick will take over as acting director while the museum searches for a successor, Smith said.

He was lured to the Orange County museum partly because it is about to undertake a big move — from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa — and he said he likes the challenge of that. 

"It's sort of time for a new big project for me," Smith said.

Smith also was attracted to the museum's focus on early contemporary California art and its international exhibits that explore the art of the Pacific Rim, he said.

Read the full article here

Friday, June 6, 2014

"Video of the Week" Todd Schorr: Technique - posted by FFAB

Todd Schorr: American Surreal - Technique

The great Todd Schorr sharing some tips and insight into his craft.  I love this artists work!  GL

Find out all about Todd here

Getty gives $5 million to plan next PST, on Latino/Latin American art - posted by FFAB

The J. Paul Getty Trust has announced $5 million in research grants to dozens of arts institutions for LA/LA, an array of exhibitions in 2017. They'll include LACMA's show on artist Carlos Almaraz, shown shortly before his death in 1989. (Richard Schulman / Getty Images)

Getty gives $5 million to plan next PST, on Latino/Latin American art 

LA Times

The fruits of the planning and research that’s now underway will be harvested starting in September 2017, when Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America begins a five-month run at museums, universities and performance spaces around the region.

The focus on Latino and Latin American art and culture is Round 3 in the Pacific Standard Time initiative that the Getty, the world’s richest visual art institution, began laying groundwork for in 2002.

Read the full article here

It's interesting how the grant moneys will be divided up and what will be the focus of the phases.  It's an ambitious undertaking.  As the article states this genre of work has not yet been properly highlighted nor quantified. I'll be interested to see what comes of this project.  GL

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Two new exciting exhibits at the Morikami - posted by FFAB

"The Walnuts" paper sculpture made by Kyoko Hazama

Delray Beach, Fla. – June 4, 2014 The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens welcomes two new exhibits that explore rich Japanese history, traditional culture and compelling art. Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections and From A Quiet Place: The Paper Sculptures of Kyoko Hazama will be on display through Aug. 31

Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections, organized in conjunction with various collectors across South Florida, features an array of samurai suits of armor and weapons fashioned during the Edo period (1600-1868) that were collected by many samurai families in commemoration of one of the most illustrious warrior classes in the world. The Morikami also brings traditional Samurai history to life through detailed displays of paintings and prints depicting samurai life that were made during both the Edo and Meiji periods.

Also on display is a collection of intricate and highly detailed paper sculptures made by Kyoko Hazama in the new exhibit, From A Quiet Place: The Paper Sculptures of Kyoko Hazama. This exhibition showcases magnificent Japanese paper sculptures that the artist describes as “symbolic self-portraits” made from washi, a traditional Japanese paper, which has been sculpted into figures far more complex than origami.

 "Communication Pocket" paper sculpture made by Kyoko Hazama

Both exhibits are free with paid admission to the museum and gardens: adults, $14; seniors, $13; students, $11; children 6-17, $9 and free for Morikami members and children 5 and under.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call 561-495-0233. 

The Art of Nathan Sawaya Opens 6/7 - Art and Culture Center of Hollywood - posted by FFAB

The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring IN PIECES

Sat., June 7 – Sun., Aug. 17, 2014

Internationally renowned artist Nathan Sawaya returns this summer with all new sculptures and mixed-media works that continue to change the way we look at LEGO® bricks.

This exhibition builds upon Sawaya’s previous body of work with ground-breaking LEGO sculptures that are integrated into large-scale photographs by award-winning Australian photographer Dean West. This is the first exhibition in Florida of Sawaya’s collaboration with West, In Pieces.

One of the top 12 “must-see exhibitions in the world.” – CNN

In 2013, Sawaya’s incredible creations were seen by tens of thousands of people in Singapore, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Brussels, and at Discovery Times Square in New York City

The New York Times wrote, “It is difficult to walk through this exhibition and not smile in amazement. … Mr. Sawaya’s playfulness is contagious.” 

TimeOut New York Kids declared, “What’s remarkable about the show … is that it appeals equally, but on different levels, to kids and adults.”

Find out all about the show here