December auctions at Koller Zurich feature works by Nolde, Vallotton, Soulages and new online only sales

The Swiss Art auction at Koller Zurich on 7 December will feature an overview of Swiss landscape painting from the 19th to 20th centuries. Switzerland’s mountain meadows, lakes and majestic peaks are presented in widely diverse techniques and styles, from 19th-century classic views by Robert Zünd and Auguste Louis Veillon, to a landscape with willow trees by Ferdinand Hodler, to early-to-mid-20th century works by Augusto and Giovanni Giacometti, and Gottardo Segantini. Two views of sunsets over lakes by Felix Vallotton and Adolf Dietrich (Coucher de soleil jaune et vert, 1911, and Abendstimmung am Untersee,1926) are particularly interesting examples of two modern artists working independently and yet finding similar artistic solutions. Both artists delineated the subject in two distinct zones,

Exhibit examines broadcast television as an artistic medium

Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery is presenting a new exhibition that surveys the development of broadcast television as an artistic medium from the 1950s to the 1977 Documenta contemporary art exhibit in Germany. In the 1950s and 1960s, when broadcast television was in its formative stage of program development, postwar artists became interested in the medium as a way to reach more people than through exhibition or installation. This idealistic “Vision of Television” is the conceptual foundation for understanding a period of experimental artists’ television programming in Europe and the United States that was first initiated by public television program broadcasts by WGBH-Boston and West German Broadcasting (WDR). The exhibit is one of a handful of exhibits planned by the gallery’s late Director and Emerson’s

Lost in translation: Papua New Guinea wins the language Olympics

If you are travelling to Papua New Guinea, you don't need to pack a phrasebook, you need to bring an entire library. With 841 living tongues and a colourful creole lingua franca, this Pacific nation is the undisputed world champion of linguistic diversity. From Pii in the mist-cloaked highlands to Toaripi on the shores of the gleaming Coral Sea, Papua New Guinea is a linguist's paradise with one in 10 of the world's languages found here. The number of speakers of individual languages can range from a handful of people in the jungle -- not much more than an extended family -- to millions spread across provinces and terrains. Experts point to the country's relatively weak central government, deep valleys, almost impenetrable vegetation and roughly 600 islands to explain why a country of eight million people and smaller than Spain has such a bounty

“Little House on the Prairie” antagonist MacGregor dead at 93

Katherine MacGregor, who played the nasty busybody Harriet Oleson on the TV series "Little House on the Prairie," has died at the age of 93. MacGregor died Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Los Angeles, news reports said, quoting her representative, Tony Sears. On the popular 1970s show, Oleson and her also mean-spirited daughter Nellie, played by Alison Arngrim, were the nemesis of the wholesome Ingalls family including Pa (Michael Landon) and Laura (Melissa Gilbert). Born in California, MacGregor started off as a dancer in New York before switching to acting. She landed minor film parts and some work on TV before taking on the role that would define her career. The show was based on a book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder about her childhood. "She was outspoken and hilariously

Greek silk road town finds itself back in fashion

Inside the machine-crammed Mouhtarides factory near the Greek-Turkish border, Ioanna Pistola deftly spins a silk thread in a loom, ignoring the deafening noise around her. "I've been working in this hall for 20 years," the middle-aged weaver shouts above the din. The dormant, isolated town of Soufli has been a key centre for Greek silk production since the 19th century. This was also the first area in Europe to rear silkworms after they were smuggled by Byzantine monks out of India in the 6th century AD. Silk, much of it homemade, has sustained the town of around 4,000 inhabitants for decades, although the number of factories has fallen. Now though, say the town's last two active producers, silk is again de rigueur on the world's most prestigious catwalks, and demand from designers for the luxurious fabric is on the up. "Penetrate into the world of fash

Taiwanese puppet master fights to save dying art

At 87 years old, Taiwanese glove puppeteer Chen Hsi-huang is the star of a new documentary which reflects his determination to revive the dying traditional craft and a late-life renaissance as a high-profile promoter of the art form. The film, entitled "Father", tells the story of how Chen pursued the craft in the shadow of his father, the legendary puppeteer Li Tian-lu, who drew huge audiences to his shows in the 1950-1970s and appeared in several movies. Also known as "Budaixi", glove puppetry spread to Taiwan in the 19th century from the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian and was mainly performed at religious and festive occasions, becoming a popular form of entertainment. Puppeteers manoeuvre small glove dolls on ornate wooden stages to present historical and martial arts stories accompanied by live folk music. Chen said he values

The OAS AMA │ Art Museum of the Americas opens exhibition of works by Roberto Huarcaya

The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas and the Permanent Mission of Peru to the OAS announce the opening of “Amazogramas,” an exhibition of the Peruvian artist’s large-scale photo-based installations, curated by Alejandro Castellote. Just over two years ago, he began a project that took him to Bahuaha Sonene, a national park in the Amazon jungle at southeastern Peru. Throughout the first year, Huarcaya made several trips in which he found it impossible to "depict" the vast web of emotions that the Peruvian jungle inspired. To solve the dilemmas he faced, Huarcaya chose to discard the sophisticated cameras he had used on his initial journeys. Instead, he chose to go back 175 years, and recover one of the first procedures used in photography: the photogram. The photogram is a technique that, without a lens or a camera,

Walker Art Center opens a different kind of moving image exhibition

Established and emerging, historical and contemporary. Platforms: Collection and Commissions is a different kind of moving image exhibition, displaying work across multiple interfaces—from the palm of your hand to the wall of the gallery. The show highlights key works from the Walker's collection juxtaposed with new commissions by 12 international contemporary artists. Every seven weeks, a new grouping will be rotated into the space, encouraging viewers to return and experience yet another new perspective. Between 2014 and 2018, the Walker commissioned this series to respond to the influence and inquiry of leading artists and filmmakers in the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. The new works bridge generations: the contemporary artists create a piece inspired by the work of a specific predecessor. The dynamic