Texas Monthly: A First Gay Novel, a Poor Latino Boyhood and the Confluence

As the classic gay novel “City of Night” turns 50, its Mexican-American author, John Rechy, reflects on loneliness, growing up in Depression-era El Paso, and how his life and career came together.

Franklin School is ideal space for art museum

Washington is rich in art museums, but with one salient gap, the want of what is known as a kunsthalle. The German word means literally art gallery but the meaning is more specific: A space used not for a permanent art collection, but specifically for temporary exhibitions, often focused on the kind of large-scale, provocative or unorthodox art that can’t find a home in traditional museums.

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Rare Book Thefts In Naples (And Where’s The Librarian?)

"The very man charged with protecting these treasures, Marino Massimo De Caro, a politically connected former director of the library, is accused of being at the center of a network of middlemen, book dealers and possibly crooked conservators -- all part of what prosecutors say is a sometimes corrupt market for rare books in which much is spent and few questions are asked." The New York Times 11/29/13

George II footed salver by David Willaume II highlights Sale of Fine Silver and Vertu at Heritage Auctions

A George II silver gilt footed salver, made by David Willaume II circa 1743-44, from the Warrington Plate sold for $68,750 Nov. 5 at Heritage Auctions' $824,000+ Fine Silver & Vertu Signature® Auction in Dallas. Strong prices were seen through the auction which featured a wide range of Silver of exceptional quality, fresh to the market. A highly-anticipated example of Chinese Export Silver, a two-handled covered figural standing cup, from the workshop of Shen Chang, sold for $22,500 to a Hong Kong buyer following action by 11 other bidders. The vessel's lid presents an elaborate dragon head final upon a dome with a swirling dragon, the cup with elaborate garden scene rests on a standard featuring a standing female figure accompanied by a child and a faun who stand on the stepped base. "Interest in Chinese Export Silver continues to grow with increasing attention going to the finest

David Shrigley to create major new commission for sketch

British artist to re-imagine the restaurant space of the eclectic London venue in May 2014 Celebrated British artist, David Shrigley, will transform the gallery restaurant at sketch as part of a long-term programme of artist-conceived restaurants at the iconic London venue. Launching in May 2014, the project follows the huge success of Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed’s sketch restaurant commission in 2012. Through a range of new site-specific works, both functional and decorative, David Shrigley will create an environment that is at once an exhibition, an artwork and a restaurant. The artist will totally re-imagine the vast dining room with elements that range from an immersive large-scale animated mural on all four walls, down to tableware featuring his distinctive mordant and witty drawings. David Shrigley said: ‘I'm delighted to be working with sketch on such an exciting

Rosenfeld Porcini opens French artist Emmanuel Barcilon’s first exhibition in the UK

Rosenfeld Porcini presents the inaugural UK solo exhibition of the French artist Emmanuel Barcilon entitled Penetrating Stillness. The exhibition showcases works of varying dimensions, which have been executed on wood panels using pure pigments and varnish over both floors of the gallery. Emmanuel Barcilon’s new body of work invites the viewer to explore painting and meditate on the force of colour. Colour, beyond figuration, has always been a fundamental element to an artwork’s value and appreciation. Barcilon’s work – as Ad Reinhardt’s black paintings from the 60’s, first strike the viewer as monochrome fields of solid colour, but upon a closer glance contrasting shades start revealing themselves. Emmanuel Barcilon can take almost a year to complete a painting as colour is poured over a wooden support then sanded and reworked over time, each fresh coat never

Moderna Museet opens presentation of Christodoulos Panayiotou’s oeuvre

Christodoulos Panayiotou’s new work Days and Ages, produced by Moderna Museet for the exhibition with the same title, consists of a 320 square metre ceramic floor. Days and Ages is the most extensive presentation of Christodoulos Panayiotou’s oeuvre in Scandinavia to date. The exhibition title Days and Ages paraphrases the archeologist Einar Gjerstad’s Ages and Days (1933), a memoir of the Swedish Cyprus Expedition, which conducted wide-ranging excavations on Cyprus between 1927 and 1931. Under an agreement between the Swedish government and the British colonial administration, half of the unearthed terracotta objects were shipped to Sweden. While a grant holder at Iaspis in Stockholm in 2009, Christodoulos Panayiotou (born 1978 in Limassol, Cyprus) researched the archive associated with the Cyprus collection, now part of the Medelhavsmuseet