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"Famille Arlequin" Photo courtesy of Sotheby's whilst the work was in thier Paris office.

I am very excited to be part of this extraordinary discovery. Two Picasso images probably dating from 1905, have been recently discovered in France. Please go to the site to see both images and read about their enthralling history. Please contact me if you have any ideas, or are an expert in this feild. Thank you.

Both pictures are mirror-images on opposite sides of the same sheet of paper. This newly discovered single sheet of paper thus contains two previously unknown Picasso renderings, of a very famous Picasso image.

The two pictures are, in fact, identical in subject matter and treatment to the famous "Famille Arlequin" and were very probably completed on the same day in March 1905. More to the point, the basic ink composition for Famille Arlequin was, most likely, completed at the very same instant, as part of the same printing more>

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ARTNews magazine asked art experts, what they viewed as the "most erotic work of art." They chose (in Greek mythology Zeus) Jupiter and Io by Correggio c.1530

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It is on the cover of The Art of Arousal by sex expert Ruth Westheimer. She wrote in her book "To me that image illustrates one of the great ways to kiss: so lightly, so softly, with the lips barely touching, so that it seems as if you are kissing a cloud.''
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Monday, February 21, 2005

Audubon's Aviary

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18 February - 27 March The New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) presents Audubon's Aviary

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"For the first time ever the sounds of birds will accompany an exhibit of original Audubon watercolors when the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) creates an "urban aviary" with its exhibition". It is being held in the second-floor gallery, Dexter Hall.

There is such a demand from the public, artists, historians, naturalists to view the paintings but because they are so fragile and light sensitive, the Society will only be displaying 40 of them once a year.

The fragile watercolors featuring life-size Snowy Owls, Loons, Egrets, Osprey and other birds are part of the society's 435 one-of-a-kind Audubon treasures purchased in 1863 from Lucy Bakewell Audubon, collaborator and widow of the buckskin-wearing naturalist.

John James AUDUBON Exhibit
Many events are taking place in conjuction with the exhibit.
Vist the NYC Audubon site.

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Code Louvre

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The makers of the film of the Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks, have permission to shoot inside the Louvre Museum. They will probably start shooting in May. The louvre is only funded by it's visitors which is the agrument for charging such exhorbitant fees for filming there. This has caused many filmamkers to use alternative chateaux...

Le Figaro - "Le Louvre exige plus de 50 000 euros par jour pour un tournage dans la cour Carree."

BBC - Louvre allows Da Vinci Code shoot

"The Dan Brown Code" by Dennis Neuenkirchen is a very interesting and amusing article, that questions the accuracy of Dan Brown's research about . It is on one of the essential Parisian websites Bonjour Paris . Run by Sarah Gilbert herself a highly acclaimed novelist and writer.

The Da Vinci Code

Explore Da Vinci Code Secrets with Canals of France
Canals of France is offering 8-day itineraries that explore the controversial sites, history and brotherhood made famous by Dan Brown's The .

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Monday, December 20, 2004

From Urbino to Rome

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There is still time to see this wonderful exhibition and the Madonna of the Pinks.

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Raphael -The Madonna of the Pinks circa. 1506-7

From Urbino to Rome at the National Gallery London
20 October 2004 - 16 Jan 2005 (Closed 24-26 December, 1 January)
This is the first major exhibition of paintings and drawings by the great Renaissance painter, Raphael (1483 - 1520), to be held in Britain.

- The Making of a Master

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Jeremy Deller wins Turner Prize

I am very pleased that Jeremy won!

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Bush video wins Turner Prize via...BBC

Jeremy Deller was born in London in 1966 and studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Collaboration and participation are central to Deller's work.

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The Bats Still from Memory Bucket 2003 Courtesy of the artist © the artist

The film ends with millions of bats flying off into the unknown..........

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Drawing makes Zen-se

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Another way to blog, this is a beautifully illustrated blog Drawing makes Zen-se One can see the finished pictures on the art

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Flickrzen is live

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I had the idea to make Flickrzen about a week ago and now it is a reality.I hope that you enjoy the show!

spotlights exeptional photographs, be that subject, technique or rarity, found on flickr - "Almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world".


I am very happy because Caterina blogged about Flickrzen on the official Flickr blog>
"Also there is another great blog dedicated to finding the great photos of Flickr. It launched just a few days ago, and can be found at FlickrZen. I've subscribed to the RSS feed of it. You should too!"

Thank you Caterina x

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Friday, December 03, 2004

Simply Duveen Dahlink

Two important art books for christmas about the inimitable Duveen.

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Duveen : A Life in Art by MERYLE SECREST

The Art of the Art Deal: A Portrait of the Old Master New York Times review By ROBERTA SMITH
There are dozens of paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and scores in the National Gallery in Washington that art-world insiders once called Duveens.

Forget that these works were painted by the likes of Gainsborough, Botticelli, Velazquez or Rembrandt. All had been sold, usually to the collectors who donated them to the museums, by the hugely successful, publicity-prone art dealer Joseph Duveen. Passing through Duveen's extensive empire seemed to give the pictures an afterglow that wasn't entirely a result of his penchant for overcleaning. via...NYT

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Duveen The Story of the Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time By S.N. Behrman Introduction by Glenn Lowry

A startling number of masterpieces now in American museums are there because of the shrewdness of one man, Joseph Duveen, art dealer to John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and William Randolph Hearst. In a series of articles originally published in The New Yorker, playwright S.N. Behrman evokes the
larger - than - life Duveen and reveals the wheeling and dealing, subterfuge, and spirited drama behind the sale of nearly - but not quite - priceless Rembrandts, Vermeers, Turners, and Bellinis.via...NYT Books

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Napoleon's consecration anniversary

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Two hundredth anniversary of the coronation of Napoleon, 2 December 1804.

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Jacques-Louis David 1748-1825
The Consecration of Napoleon (2 December 1804) : detail 1806-1807 Paris, musee du Louvre INV. 3699 © RMN/ Arnaudet - Blot

Two hundred years after the Consecration of Napoleon in Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Emperor's commission of a major painting commemorating the event, the Louvre organizes an exhibition of about fifty works paying tribute to the celebrated painting by David.

The special exhibition is on show from 21 October 2004- 17 January 2005

Sponsored by Chaumet.The Napoleon Foundation is a partner of the Louvre Museums for this exhibition.

France Marks Napoleon's 200th Anniversary article about the celebration.

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Dame Alicia Markova

She was wonderful, I remember seeing her in london when I was little.

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Dame Alicia Markova, 94, Ballet Star Synonymous With 'Giselle', Dies By Jack Anderson

Dame Alicia Markova, one of the greatest British ballerinas of the 20th century, a founder of the company now known as the English National Ballet and a former director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, died today in Bath, the English National Ballet announced. She was 94. via...NYT

Dame Alicia Markova BBC biography on Desert Island Disks

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Thursday, November 25, 2004

The Original Art of John Lennon

12/1/04 - 12/5/04 The Original Art of John Lennon (reception 12/1 6pm- 9pm) this major art exhibition features more than 120 serigraphs, song lyrics, and original drawings by the legendary Beatle, and the 15 "Bag One" lithographs, each hand signed by John.

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A portion of the proceeds of art sales will be donated to Inside Community Arts.

Show held at Santa Monica Place Mall - corner of 3rd and Broadway, 288 Santa Monica Mall Place (2nd level, near Macy's), Santa Monica, CA 90401
Opening reception December 1, 6pm-9pm


Show hours 12/1: 6pm-9pm, 12/2-12/4: 10am-9pm, 12/5: 11am-6pm

Produced by Pacific Edge Gallery, with full cooperation from Yoko Ono and the John Lennon estate

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Dfiicult to find his art, here is the cover of the John Lennon & His Life Philosophy 2004 Calendar

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Alfred Stieglitz and His Circle Musee d'Orsay

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October 19, 2004 to January 16, 2005
New York and Modern Art.
Alfred Stieglitz and His Circle (1905-1930) Musee d'Orsay Temporary exhibition galleries

New York et l'art moderne, Alfred Stieglitz et son cercle, 1905-1930
collective work

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Late nights in London

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Funnily enough, when I came accross these super late night events at the Victoria and Albert Museum, it just happened that tonight there is a lecture by my former sister in law Nina Campbell, whose new book Nina Campbell's Decorating Notebook : Insider Secrets and Decorating Ideas for Your Home just came out.

Her daughter Rita Konig, is a columnist for British Vogue, contributor to Food & Wine and author. Her new book is Rita's Culinary Trickery: How to Put Dinner on the Table Even If You Can't Cook.

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Every Wednesday the Museum is open from 10.00 to 22.00, providing an opportunity to view a gallery or an exhibition, attend a lecture or a gallery talk, listen to live music or just entertain friends in the candlelit café or, in the summer, in the Museum's garden.

Friday Late, Held on the last Friday in every month (except December) the Victoria and Albert Museum is open from 10.00 to 22.00, with Friday Late events starting at 18.30.

These contemporary evenings offer live performances, cutting-edge fashion, music, debates, one-off displays, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs, selected gallery viewing and late-night exhibition opening.

Late View events can be found by visiting What's On.

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Artwalk NY

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Edward Ruscha, Hope, Olive, Spring, 1999, acrylic on canvas, 6 ft. x 5 ft. 4 in. (182.88 x 162.56 cm)

ARTWALK NY NOVEMBER 20 and 22, 2004
In November Coalition for the Homeless will again host ARTWALK NY. Now in its tenth year, our series of exciting events will once again include a Gala Awards Dinner, a morning interview between Event Chair, PETER JENNINGS, and this year's artist honoree, ED RUSCHA.

ARTWALK NY will also include curated walking tours of well-known and emerging artists' studios, as well as a party and silent auction. This year we also honor DONALD B. MARRON, Chairman of Lightyear Capital.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Own Art

Bretagne beach by Serena Konig - oil 2002

Cash loans offered to art buyers
Interest-free loans are being offered for people who want to own works of contemporary art. Potential buyers will be able to walk into one of 250 galleries in the UK to apply for loans of up to £ 2,000 from The Arts Council's Own Art scheme.via...BBC

Own Art

Participating galleries

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MoMA Mia

New York is the place to be this week, to see and be seen. The opening of the new MoMA, it is also the anniversary when it was built in 1929.

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And now the greatest show of art - and artists - on earth as MoMA returns to Manhattan David Usborne reports on the year's most eagerly awaited art event.

It's being billed as the greatest gathering of artists ever staged, at what is arguably the greatest museum of modern art in the world - and every painter, sculptor, photographer or designer with work in its enormous collection is on the guest list.

For this week sees a series of spectacular parties heralding the grand reopening on Saturday of New York's Museum of Modern Art. After three years at its temporary space in the borough of Queens, MoMA is coming home to midtown Manhattan after a $700m (£380m) expansion programme that has spawned a huge and remarkable new wing designed by the Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi.

Those attending the first of the society soirees, on Tuesday, will be rubbing shoulders with probably the largest assortment of famous and almost-famous living artists ever to sip cocktails under one roof.via...The Independent

Yoshio Taniguchi: Nine Museums
November 20, 2004–January 31, 2005

See the Forbes slideshow of Nine Museums

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Wednesday November 17 5:00-6:00 p.m.Yoshio Taniguchi, architect of the new Museum of Modern Art, and Terence Riley, MoMA's Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, will sign copies of the new MoMA publication Yoshio Taniguchi: Nine Museums. This strikingly beautiful book collects the plans and images of nine of Taniguchi's museums in a single volume and features an essay by Mr. Riley. The signing takes place in the new MoMA Design and Book Shop

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Sunday, November 14, 2004

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Jackie + Marilyn

Quite by chance there are two exhibitions dedicated to these leading ladies.

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I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection
November 12 2004–March 20 2005

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Jacqueline Kennedy: White House Years Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
November 13 2004 – May 8 2005

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Thursday, November 11, 2004

RCA Secret 2004

This is a brilliant idea, it raises money for the RCA.

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RCA Secret 2004

Could you spot a Julian Opie from a Grayson Perry? Take the RCA Secret challenge and you could go home with a mini masterpiece.

Postcards are flooding in for the RCA Secret postcard exhibition and sale. Artworks have been donated by Turner Prize winner Grayson........and many more.

Last year more than 1,000 artists, designers and celebrities donated nearly 2,000 postcards in a variety of mediums, including paint, print, photography, watercolour, 3-d sculptures, collage, pen and pencil drawings.

Once you have bought your cards you can see who they are by and then take them home to enjoy.

Viewing Days: 19-25 November, 10am-6pm daily (23 November: late night opening until 8pm)
Sale Days: 26 November, 8am-8pm 27 November, 10am-6pm
Location: Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Tube: South Kensington/High Street Kensington Buses: 9, 10, 52

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Tuesday, November 09, 2004


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Sahel:The End of the Road

Salgado - reviewed by KJR for bookzen

Finally after twenty years, Sebastiao Salgado's images are being published, as described in an excellent article in the New York Times. Considering himself a photojournalist of the world's less fortunate, the Brazilian photographer uses the camera to bring information to others. He says of photography,that it is only a language: what is more important, is what is being discussed. Though Salgado, like Atget, Cartier Bresson, Ansel Adams, Lee Miller, Robert Frank, and Stieglitz, can say this since the language his Leica produces in his hands is highly articulate.

Reportedly, this book Sahel:The End of the Road, was not published earlier because agents and publishers who saw the images were reduced to tears, and felt that no one would want to buy such a book. Salgado, who has taken photos in Vietnam, India and Africa, responded that it is our moral obligation to understand the fate of the others! So much for spin, design over content, ignoring what is really going on, and Fox News. Perhaps, quite tellingly, the book is not being published in the heartland, but by that bastion of eccentricity (thank god!), The University of California Press, as a joint project between the departments of photography and journalism at Berkeley. Not surprisingly those bystanders to the War on Terror, France and Spain thought the book important enough to be published way back in the mid-eighties. (Is there a connection between that event and recent international headlines?)

The Instituto Terra, a non-profit organization created by Sebastiao Salgado and Lelia Wanick Salgado, proposes a highly innovative approach to Brazil's deforestation crisis.

How to help

Power: Auction at Bloomberg, Nov 17th 2004 - An auction of
prints by world-class photographers

Mighty names from the world of art and documentary photography have donated 60 power-inspired prints for a charity auction on Wednesday 17 November at the Bloomberg auditorium in the City.

For the second year running, PhotoVoice has invited world-class photographers to contribute to this prestige event whichwill raise money for its projects around the world.

Among the contributors are Sebastiao Salgado, Juergen Teller, Sarah Moon, and Philip Jones Griffiths. Particularly compelling are images of George W. Bush (Larry Downing/ Reuters), Kevin Spacey outside the Old Vic (Nobby Clark) and Yann Arthus Bertrand’s magnificent ariel shot of the Kenyan Savannah. Thomas Hoepker (Magnum Photos) has donated his iconic image of Muhammed Ali from 1966.

Wednesday 17th November 6.30-9pm £10 donation

Bloomberg L.P
39-45 Finsbury Square London EC2A 1PQ

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Saturday, October 30, 2004

Portrait of Kate Moss nude by Lucian Freud

Courtesy the artist

It will be for sale at Christie's 10 February 2005 in the Post War and Contemporary Day sale, King Street, London.

Read the BBC article.

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ArtReview Power 100

Must have edition.
POWER 100 The third annual list of the most influential players in the art world. Find out who's in and who's out in 2004 in the November issue of ArtReview

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Scottish artist Jack Vettriano is on the list and so he should be! A new book, simply titled JACK VETTRIANO, will feautre many of the best images from the previous book along with previously unpublished images including some of paintings featured in the artist's most recent exhibition with us. The book includes biographical text by Anthony Quinn where he updates the artist's life story from where it left off in the 2000 publication.

So is Dakis Joannou owner of the DESTE Foundation in Athens, I went to the opening exhibition party and several other crazy exhibitions there. The Greek industrialist and collector made himself the most imposing Mediterranean figure in the arts when he opened the Deste Foundation in 1983.

Read the story in the Independent
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Monday, October 25, 2004

El Greco discovery

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El Greco's The Baptism of Christ dates from 1567-70
A 16th Century painting by artist El Greco, valued at £500,000, has been discovered in an envelope in Spain....The news of its discovery comes just a week after another "lost" El Greco work was put on display in Poland.

Ecstasy of St Francis was discovered in a small church in east Poland during a routine check of historical artefacts in 1964.

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Monday, October 18, 2004

Time for sale

It is very sad that someone didn't come forward to buy the whole collection of the Time Museum. The Time Museum, an international collection of time-measuring devices, was open to the public for almost 30 years. It was closed in March, 1999

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A Renaissance Gilt-Brass and Ebonized Automaton Dog Clock, German, early 17th Century

Masterpieces from the time Museum
New York, New York - On October 13-15, 2004, Sotheby's will sell more than 850 important watches and clocks from the Time Museum of Rockford, Illinois, the third such offering from this important private American collection during the past five years. The Time Museum, the finest collection of clocks, watches and time-finding and time-keeping devices in the world, was assembled by Seth Atwood, a businessman, over a period of thirty years.

Daryn Schnipper, Director of Sotheby's Worldwide Watches and Clocks department, said: "This further opportunity to sell treasures from the Time Museum - the greatest private American collection of timepieces ever formed - is an honor for Sotheby's and a high point of my career. Together with the previous two offerings, these sales will be remembered for years to come as galvanic events in this field."

Do buy the catalogue, it is a wonderful history of Time.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Hearts in San Francisco Charity Auction

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Roy de Forest
Wolf Heart
Estimate: $7,000-9,000
© Bill Zemanek Photography, 2004

Hearts in San Francisco
Charity Auction to Benefit the
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

11 November 2004
6:30 pm (viewing) & 8:00 pm (auction)
SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco

Hearts in San Francisco has been a sponsor-supported series of installations of heart sculptures in the Bay Area started in February 2004.

Over 100 heart sculptures by recognized and emerging artists appeared on sidewalks, plazas, parks, and street corners to celebrate the wide acceptance, tolerance and open-heartedness of the city.

This unique combination of fund-raising, compassionate community involvement and positive nurturing of artistic expression culminates at a charity auction of a selection of hearts to benefit the San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center. To learn more, visit

Please visit for further information about the auction catalogue and absentee bidding, or to read more about Hearts in San Francisco.
Ellanor Notides
Tel: +1 415 982 0982
Amy Kweskin
Tel: +1 415 651 1811

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Monday, September 20, 2004

The National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian celebrates its Grand
Opening on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, September 21, 2004. It's free.

Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World

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- Having lived in Greece for many years, I came to love the work of Greek artists, many of whom I knew and whose works I collected.
If you an artist or collector these books are an extraordinary voyage into the biasedly undocumented realm of Greek Art.

This series, in four volumes, contains the masterpieces of modern Greek art created by 2700 Greek painters. It includes biographical entries, written by university professors and experts in the history of art, unique illustrations, which have never been published before, paintings, hand-written notes and aesthetic analyses of the works.

In addition to the biographical data, the technique, style and contribution of each artist is examined, while the relevant text is also enhanced by numerous colour illustrations of the artist's work.

From the Nineteenth to the Twentieth Century
Volume 1
From the Nineteenth to the Twentieth Century
The Twentieth Century
Volume 2
The Twentieth Century
The History of Modern Greek Painting
Volume 3
The History of Modern Greek Painting
Dictionary of Greek Painters and Engravers
Volume 4
Dictionary of Greek Painters and Engravers
Each book contains 500 pages hundreds of colour and b/w photographs hardback with cardboard coverbox, 370x270 mm
You can order them from Melissa Books, Athens, Greece
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