Country guitarist, ‘Hee Haw’ host Roy Clark dead at 85

Country music star Roy Clark, who was the host of long-running US television variety show "Hee Haw," died Thursday of complications from pneumonia at his Oklahoma home, his publicist said. He was 85. Clark, a guitar virtuoso who became an ambassador for country music at home and abroad, was a Grammy winner and a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the premiere showcase for the genre in Nashville. In 1976, he toured the Soviet Union -- all venues were sold out. "Folks there said we wouldn't realize in our lifetime the good we'd accomplished, just because of our pickin' around," Clark once said, according to a statement released by his publicist. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and won seven Country Music Association (CMA) awards during his decades-long career. "My first CMA memory is sitting

Rare original Russell Flint illustration expected to make $15,000 at auction

This original gouache and watercolour illustration by Sir William Russell Flint is just one of 20 created for the landmark publication The Odyssey of Homer, published in 1925 by The Medici Society. To be offered for sale in Swann Auction Galleries’ Illustration Art Auction on December 6 in New York, it depicts the Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, at her loom awaiting his return from his ten-year travels. As the tale recalls, Penelope kept her many suitors at bay by telling them that she would not choose from among them until she had finished weaving the intricate burial shroud – shown here – for Odysseus’s father, Laertes. Secretly, each night she would unravel part of her day’s work to ensure that the job was never done. Here, Russell Flint also depicts her maidservant, Melantho, who eventually betrays Penelope’s secret to her suitors. Signed

Rare Henry Moore masterpiece achieves £3.25M at Bonhams

Mask, an extremely rare sculpture by Henry Moore (1898-1986), sold for £3,248,750 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale in London today, Wednesday 14 November. Estimated at £1,000,000-1,500,000, it was being offered for sale for the first time for more than 80 years, and had never before appeared at auction. It is the most valuable 1920s sculpture by a British artist sold at auction. The 84-lot sale made a total of £5,456,875. Bonhams Director of Modern British and Irish Art, Matthew Bradbury said, “This is an excellent result for arguably the most visually appealing and beautiful example from the Mask series that Moore executed between 1924 and 1930. With three determined bidders in the room and on the phone, it was among the most closely fought contests I can remember – a tribute to the exceptional quality of the piece, and to the great demand for Moore’s carved

Exhibition of iconic 1980s music photography by Peter Ashworth opens at Lever Gallery

The Lever Gallery hosts, mavericks the work of legendary photographer Peter Ashworth in his first solo London exhibition. Ashworth created some of the most memorable images of 1980s icons. He photographed Soft Cell, Eurythmics, Blancmange, The The, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Adam Ant, Tina Turner, Julian Cope, and The Clash, to name but a few, for album sleeves and magazine covers. The album sleeve was the much-analysed visual focus of fans attention. It was critical to how the group and music were perceived. In some cases, it became synonymous with the ‘image’ of the group or star. Take for example Ashworth’s portrait of Annie Lennox for the Eurythmics album ‘Touch'. Ashworth’s skill was to capture the character of his subjects whilst setting them in meticulously detailed, colourful and rich backgrounds. His depth of knowledge matched with his urge to create resulted in work both fantastical and challen

The Irish Museum of Modern Art announces Annie Fletcher as new Director

IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, has this morning announced Annie Fletcher as its new Director. Ms Fletcher joins IMMA from the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands where she is Chief Curator. A noted international curator, Annie Fletcher has extensive leadership experience in the contemporary arts. In addition to her role as Chief Curator at Van Abbemuseum she is a tutor at de Appel, Amsterdam, the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) and the Design Academy Eindhoven, and regularly worked with art institutions around the world including the SALT Istanbul, New Museum, New York, and L’Internationale network and De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam. In 2012 she was Curator of Ireland’s Contemporary Art biennale EVA International and is regularly called upon to sit on major International juries, including the Turner Prize in 2014 and the selection committee for the Irish Pavilion

New Orleans Museum of Art opens reimagined Decorative Arts Galleries

The Lupin Foundation Center for Decorative Arts on the second floor of the New Orleans Museum of Art has reopened with a new installation drawn from the permanent collection, and for the first time includes modern and contemporary design. This reimagined permanent installation highlights connections between society and design, craft and manufacture, and fine art and functional household items. “We are thrilled to present vibrant decorative arts galleries that showcase art and design across a variety of materials and centuries, including, for the first time, 20th century contemporary design,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. The newly reinstalled Lupin Galleries showcase a chronology of the Decorative Arts, beginning with 18th-century Rococo and Neoclassical furniture, paintings, silver, glass and ceramics, including

Christie’s Paris Design Sale achieves a total of €5,395,000

The Design sale has, this season again, attracted international collectors achieving a total of €5,395,000 with sell-through rates of 88% by value and 83% by lot. Leading the sale was a section dedicated to Jean Dunand (1877-1942) composed of 24 lots which combined a total of €2,435,250. Estimates have more than tripled such as for the Vase à Ailettes which sold for €415,500 against a presale estimate of €150,000-200,000 and for the panel Femme et mouton acquired for €367,500 (estimated at €100,000-150,000). Flavien Gaillard, Head of Sale commented : “The strong results realised tonight demonstrate that global collectors are continuously eager to acquire fresh to the market works of art. We are especially delighted about the results achieved by the section dedicated to Jean Dunand. The collectors payed a beautiful tribute to this talented artist with a combined total of €2,4M for the 24 lots offered, including the remarkable by size Conquête du C

San Antonio Museum of Art opens re-imagined Texas Art installation in expanded gallery

The Museum’s Texas Art collection is now in expanded gallery space on the Third Floor of the Museum’s East Tower. This new installation offers a fresh perspective and wider view of Texas art. Paintings by such iconic Texas artists as Julian Onderdonk and José Arpa y Perea are placed in the context of notable works from Texas abstract artists, artists influenced by surrealism, self-taught artists and craftsman, and significant pieces of decorative art. The new gallery has allowed space for a complement of nineteenth-century furniture as well, including armoires and an unusual day bed. These works of early Texas furniture, made in various locations throughout the state, were given to the Museum in the early 1990s by the legendary Houstonian collector Faith P. Bybee and have not been on view in decades. “Texas Art has been at the forefront of developments in artistic practice, and our holdings reveal the

Uruguayan poet, 95, wins top Spanish literary award

Uruguayan poet Ida Vitale, 95, on Thursday won the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world, Spain's Culture Minister Jose Guirao announced. Born in 1923, Vitale is the last surviving member of a Uruguayan art movement known as the "Generation of 45" and currently lives in the United States. Spain established the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, named after the famous author of 'Don Quixote', in 1975. It is considered to be "the most prestigious and remunerative award given for Spanish-language literature" by the Encyclopedia Britannica. The jury said Vitale was awarded the prize for her poetry, literary criticisms and translations, adding that her language was "one of the most remarkable and well-known in Spanish poetry, at the same time intellectual and accessible,