Mass tourism sparks battle for Montmartre’s soul

Inside a dark, low-ceilinged room once frequented by Picasso and Modigliani when they were still struggling artists, a group of tourists from Russia, Canada and Australia are listening to traditional French songs. This is the Lapin Agile, a small house surrounded by acacia trees which is home to the last cabaret in Montmartre, an iconic neighbourhood perched on a hilltop in the middle of Paris. But in recent decades, this village-like district of steep, hills and sweeping views has been transformed by the arrival of mass tourism. "It's the last of the traditional cabarets," says owner Yves Mathieu, grumbling about the proliferation of souvenir shops selling Paris mugs and Eiffel tower key rings clogging the nearby cobblestoned streets. "I'm 90 years old but I'm not giving up," he says pointing to the cabaret's sparse furnishings of plain wooden tables and

Whizzpopping worlds collide at Roald Dahl Museum

From a battered armchair in a hut tucked away in the English countryside, author Roald Dahl dreamed up worlds that have enchanted youngsters across the globe. Stuffed with hundreds of weird and wonderful mementos, the garden hut was where the children's novelist wrote his fantastical tales. A museum including a recreation of the hut, in the same village of Great Missenden where Dahl lived, reopens to the public on Saturday following an extensive renovation triggered by a flash flood. "You can get the books and movies around the world but we are in the place where the stories were generated. That's the magic of coming here," said museum director Steve Gardam. The museum offers visitors a glimpse into the man and method behind some of the best-loved stories of the 20th century, including "Charlie and the Chocolate

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara announces new Director

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara announced today that it has appointed Abaseh Mirvali as its new Executive Director, Chief Curator, and CEO effective immediately. In this role, Mirvali will work closely with the MCASB staff and its Board of Trustees, as well as the wider Santa Barbara and greater Los Angeles communities to advance the mission of the Museum regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to setting the curatorial vision for the institution, Mirvali will also launch MCASB’s expansion to a new location in Santa Barbara’s ocean-facing Funk Zone arts district. Mirvali brings with her more than 15 years of experience working as an internationally-respected director and independent contemporary art and architecture curator and project producer. Her professional background includes previous roles as the Executive

Tim Flach’s unusual shots of wild and domestic animals on view in Moscow

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography is presenting the work of the British animal photographer Tim Flach, known all over the world for his unusual shots of wild and domestic animals. He explores the interaction of humans and the environment, rare and endangered species of animals, adapting nature to the needs and tastes of humanity, urging us to think about the fragility of our relationship with the natural world and the need to have a careful attitude towards it. Tim Flach studied Photography and Painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and then he quickly became a successful commercial photographer, working with brands such as Adidas, Cirque du Soleil, Jaguar and Sony, and major publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine and the Sunday Times. Later, he began to apply

National Portrait Gallery unveils twenty new portrait commissions to celebrate twenty years

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled twenty new portrait commissions of Australian leaders and individualists as part of its twentieth birthday celebrations in a new exhibition, 20/20: Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions. Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Mr Angus Trumble, is delighted to welcome the twenty new portraits into the national collection. ‘The Gallery has been commissioning portraits since its establishment in 1998. To mark our twentieth year as a national institution it seemed fitting to bring our focus back to one of the Gallery’s founding platforms, the commissioning program,’ said Mr Trumble. ‘Great care was taken in bringing together the subjects and artists to bring out the best in the creative process. As a result, each work is a striking and unique representation of the twenty individuals but

The Mennello Museum of American Art exhibits works from the collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman

The Mennello Museum of American Art announces Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman. This exhibition is on view at the Mennello Museum from October 19, 2018, through January 13, 2019. Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art presents a selection of works from Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The artists gathered in the exhibition have all drawn upon art history, American history, and popular culture to create powerful works that, independently and collectively, present a broad range of concepts about identity, beauty, belonging, and religion, as well as work with deep gravitas around poignant issues of race, sexuality, violence, displacement, vulnerability, erasure,

Rare Rolex ‘John Player Special’ Paul Newman Daytona offered at Heritage Auctions

An extremely rare 14K Gold "Paul Newman” Rolex is headed to auction for the first time ever in Heritage Auctions’ Watches & Fine Timepieces Auction Oct. 24 in New York. A Rolex, Very Fine and Rare 14k Gold Ref. 6241 "John Player Special" Cosmograph Dayton with "Paul Newman" dial, Circa 1969, with a reserve of $350,000, is one of the most rare and desirable Daytona models among vintage Rolex collectors. With its distinctive art deco-inspired dial, it is named after the Rolex Daytona’s most famous owner, iconic actor and racing driver Paul Newman, who lent his name to this model and is the namesake of the signature dial. Nicknamed "John Player Special” after the Formula One car of the Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna and regarded as one of the most beautiful racing vehicles of all time, the car of Team Lotus sported the John

A selection of André Brasilier’s most iconic paintings on view at Opera Gallery

Opera Gallery is presenting André Brasilier, a selection of André Brasilier’s most iconic paintings from the past sixty years. Aged 89 the French artist is one of the worlds’ most acclaimed living fauvist painters. Celebrated for his palette of vivid primary colours, and his iconic paintings of horses, in his lifetime Brasilier has been the subject of over 100 solo exhibitions across 20 countries. Brasilier has been the recipient of several awards including the 1952 Prix Florence Blumenthal and the 1953 Prix de Rome. Along with Picasso, Brasilier is the only artist to have been the subject of a retrospective at Russia’s Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum during his lifetime, in 2005. A second retrospective followed in 2007, at the Museum Haus Ludwig für Kunstausstellungen Saarlouis in Germany. Brasilier’s output to-date has been diverse,

Prince’s last stage guitar and Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland recordings to rock Julien’s Auctions

Julien’s Auctions has announced that Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll their two-day music extravaganza to take place Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 live in Hard Rock Café in New York and online at juliensauctions.com. The all star lineup featuring hundreds of historical items of music giants Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and more joins the previously announced auctions of Bernie Taupin and Aretha Franklin. Born Prince Rogers Nelson in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and revered around the world by his first name and later only a symbol, the one and only Prince takes center stage with several of his most iconic items heading to auction for the first time, most notably his final stage performance instrument: a white Collings 290 guitar (estimate: $60,000-$80,000). The seven-