Library of Congress appoints Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel Directors of new centers

The Library of Congress has selected Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel to be the directors, respectively, of the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement and the Center for Exhibits and Interpretation. These key posts are at the helms of newly established offices that are central to executing the Library’s strategy of informing, inspiring and engaging the public. “I am thrilled to have these innovative leaders on the Library of Congress team as we prepare to invest considerable energy in improved public engagement in the coming years,” the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, said today, “They both are entering these new positions with an amazing list of accomplishments. I am excited about the prospects and the contributions they will bring toward making the Library more user-focused and connected to the public we serve.

“Fireworks (Archives)” by Apichatpong Weerasethakul to remain in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has acquired “Fireworks (Archives)” by award-winning filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul. “Fireworks (Archives)” was created in an edition of five, and its purchase confirms the Museum’s commitment to building a significant collection of art of the moving image. “Our Samuel Roberts Noble Theatre is nationally renowned as a leader in foreign, independent and classic cinema,” said OKCMOA President and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “The acquisition of ‘Fireworks,’ as well as the recently acquired ‘Hedge Crawl’ by Andy Goldsworthy, demonstrates our commitment to contemporary art as well as artists who are increasingly using the moving image as a medium.” “Not only was this work one of the finest in the exhibition, it was also the most popular,” said Michael J. Anderson,

Luce Foundation grant allows in-depth study of Henry Holmes Smith Photography Archive

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant will allow the museum to hire a three-year, limited-term Assistant Curator of Photography and two part-time student support staff to conduct research and photography on the museum’s Henry Holmes Smith Archive. Acquired in 1979, the archive, which is comprised of more than 5,000 items, represents the largest holding of work by Henry Holmes Smith (American, 1909–1986), a leading American modernist photographer. A founder of the Society for Photographic Education, Smith trained many prominent photography professors like Jack Welpott, Robert Forth, Betty Hahn, and Jerry Uelsmann, primarily at Indiana University where he taught for thirty years. Some have

French actors protest as Russian director’s house arrest extended

Actors protested at one of the world's biggest theatre festivals in support of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov as judges in Moscow on Wednesday extended his 11-month-long house arrest. Artists wearing "Free Kirill" T-shirts chanted his name at the Avignon festival in France where organisers called on Moscow to free the renowned theatre star. But judges extended his house arrest until August 22 -- exactly a year after his arrest on embezzlement charges -- the TASS state news agency reported. Serebrennikov, 48, the enfant terrible of the Russian stage, has revolutionised the Moscow scene with radical new plays and by reinventing classics. But he fell foul of conservatives for his daring ballet about legendary gay dancer Rudolph Nureyev at the Bolshoi where he used a famous full-front nude of the icon by the photographer

Oil paintings by Clarence Millet and Marie Molinary will be in Crescent City’s July 21-22 auction

An exceptional early 20th century French Louis XV-style carved walnut seven-piece bedroom suite, beautiful early 20th century Russian icons and original oil paintings by Marie Madeleine Seebold Molinary (New Orleans, 1886-1948) and Clarence Millet (La., 1897-1959) will headline Crescent City Auction Gallery’s next big sale planned for July 21-22. The two-day Important Summer Estates Auction will be held in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s showroom located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, starting at 9 am Central time on Saturday, July 21st (lots 1-650) and 10 am on Sunday, July 22nd (lots 651-1004). Featured will be a wonderful array of fine art and antiques from local New Orleans and regional Southern estates. Sold will be period French furniture (plus antique furniture made in the U.S., Italy and the U.K.),

Rare comics, Frazetta art, Star Wars figures and political memorabilia boost Hake’s $1.9M sale

Hake’s Americana, the nation’s first auction house devoted exclusively to pop culture, continued its long winning streak July 10-12 with a $1.9 million sale packed with estimate-smashing highlights. The two-day auction, with a gap day in between sessions, was the 11th auction of the last 12 hosted by Hake’s to break the million-dollar mark. “Already, this has been a record year for us,” said Hake’s president Alex Winter. “Our last three auctions have totaled six million dollars, and we still have one more Premier Auction to go in the fall. We couldn’t be happier with the way our second half-century in the antique and vintage collectibles business is unfolding.” Rare comics and original comic art ruled the top 10, with two original Frank Frazetta (American, 1928-2010) artworks finishing at the very top of prices realized. Although primarily known for his distinctive horror and fantasy art,

Finalists for ING Unseen Talent Award 2018 announced

Unseen and ING announced the five finalists of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2018. The artists that have been selected are: Dávid Biró (1992, Hungary), Jaakko Kahilaniemi (1988, Finland), Pauline Niks (1982, Netherlands), Eva O’Leary (1988, Ireland) and Alexey Shlyk (1986, Belarus). Mentored by internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Isaac Julien (1960, United Kingdom), the finalists will spend the following two months in an extensive coaching course, creating new work for the ING Collection related to this year’s theme: New Horizons: Exploring the promise and perils of the future. The resulting work of the selected artists will be on display during Unseen Amsterdam 2018 from the 21st to the 23rd of September. The winners will be announced at the ING Unseen Talent Award Ceremony on the 20th of September. The ING Unseen Talent Award is an initiative of ING and Unseen

New works purchased by the Arts Council for its collection

The Arts Council announced that it has added 11 new works to its Collection which will be seen by audiences across the country, the state agency responsible for developing the arts said today. The artists whose work is added to the Collection are Michelle Browne, Genieve Figgis, Joy Gerrard, Dragana Jurisic, Barbara Knezevic, Sarah Pierce, Eva Rothschild and Michael John Whelan. These art works will be added to the almost 1,100 works of modern and contemporary Irish art in the Collection and mark the latest additions to the Council’s long history of purchasing excellent and ambitious works of art that reflects the practise of artists working in Ireland today. Comprising works across painting, sculpture, photography, video and multimedia installations the new purchases are drawn from across the spectrum of contemporary visual arts practice and will be

Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation to open three floor exhibition space

The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation will inaugurate its three floor exhibition space in Milton Resnick's former studio, previously a synagogue, at 87 Eldridge Street, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, with a weekend opening celebration on September 15 & 16, 2018. The opening exhibition of The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation will be a fifty-year retrospective survey, Milton Resnick Paintings 1937-1987. The exhibition, curated by Geoffrey Dorfman, traces the artist’s transition from his early, inventive Abstract Expressionist works, to the dense allover canvases of his maturity for which he is best known. Resnick’s thickly impastoed works, sometimes of immense proportions, reflect a faith in the evocative powers of paint itself. Drawn largely from the Foundation’s collection, the exhibition will also include loans from private

Hirshhorn elects two new trustees, expanding local and global impact

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today the recent election of two new trustees. The addition of Disaphol Chansiri of Bangkok and Steven M. Sumberg of Washington, D.C., brings the total membership of the board to 33. Under Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu, the board has seen its fastest growth in the museum's history, with 27 new additions in the past four years alone. "Disaphol and Steve bring unique and rich perspectives, which will help us to grow our international engagement," said Board Chair Daniel H. Sallick. "Their collective contributions both nationally and internationally are inspiring, and we look forward to working together to advance the Hirshhorn's mission." "The Hirshhorn is delighted to welcome Disaphol and Steve to the museum," said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. "Both trustees, with their