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  1. Algeria's ancient pyramid tombs still shrouded in mystery
    Dating back centuries, Algeria's pyramid tombs are unique relics of an ancient era but a dearth of research has left the Jeddars shrouded in mystery. The 13 monuments, whose square stone bases are topped with angular mounds, are perched on a pair of hills near the city of Tiaret, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of the capital Algiers. Constructed between the fourth and seventh centuries, the tombs are believed by some scholars to have been built as final resting places for Berber royalty -- although nobody knows who truly laid within. But Algerian authorities and archaeologists are now pushing to get the Jeddars listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the hope of assuring their preservation and study. Gaining such status is a lengthy process and the culture ministry said Algeria's application to the UN body "will be filed during
  2. Broadway star Carol Channing dead at 97
    Glittering Broadway icon Carol Channing, who starred in hit musicals including "Hello, Dolly!" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," died Tuesday, her publicist said. She was 97. The towering platinum-blonde actress with a gravelly voice, a beaming smile and eyes like saucers wowed audiences for more than five decades, working into her 80s. "It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon," her publicist B Harlan Boll said in a statement, saying Channing died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California of natural causes. "It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it," he said. "Saying good-bye is one of the hardest
  3. The art of YY Ting and Bada Shanren on exhibit at New York's Gianguan Auctions
    An exhibition of calligraphy and one-stroke paintings by the renown Chinese naturalist YY Ting (1902-1978) opens at Gianguan Auctions on Wednesday, January 24 and runs through February 7. Making the display unique are comparative works by Ming Dynasty naturalist Bada Shanren (1521-1527 , who Ting credited with inspiring his oeuvre. “The Art of YY Ting and Bada Shanren” marks the fortieth anniversary of Ting’s passing. A native of Maoming, Guangdong Province, YY Ting (née Ding Yanyong) was sent, at the age of eighteen, to study western painting in Japan. The experience opened his eyes not only to technique but also to the passion of Japanese artists who abandoned opportunities in Europe to revitalize their cultural heritage. Ten years later, YY Ting saw how the splash ink freehand of Ming artist Bada Shanren reflected Lao Tzu’s philosophy of open mindedness. YY Ting then advanced the concept despite
  4. ICA/Boston announces major acquisition of Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room
    Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, announced today the acquisition of Yayoi Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING (2013), one of the artist’s 20 existing Infinity Mirror Rooms. LOVE IS CALLING is one of Kusama's most immersive, psychedelic environments and features vividly colored, tentacle-like, inflatable sculptures covered with the artist’s signature polka dots and encased in a mirrored room to create an illusion of infinite space. It is the second work by Kusama to enter the collection, alongside a 1953 work on paper of organic forms, dots, and colors—elements that are characteristic of her work. LOVE IS CALLING has been acquired
  5. Skarstedt to open a new gallery on New York's Upper East Side
    Skarstedt announced the opening of a new gallery on New York’s Upper East Side in March 2019. Skarstedt will be taking over the historic 25,000-square-foot property at 19 East 64th Street, which was purpose-built as an art gallery in 1932 and designed by renowned architect Horace Trumbauer. This will be Skarstedt’s third location adding to the existing New York space at East 79th Street on the former site of Paul Rosenberg & Co’s legendary dealership, and their London gallery at 8 Bennet Street in the heart of St James. Architect Francis D’Haene has been appointed to oversee the remodelling of the new space. The new gallery presents a special opportunity for Skarstedt, which was founded by Per Skarstedt in 1992, to expand upon its current exhibition program, providing a unique platform for the artists and estates that the gallery represents. In celebration of the occasion, the inaugural exhibition