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  1. Tiny Atacama skeleton was girl with bone disease: study
    The discovery in 2003 sparked international intrigue -- a tiny, mummified skeleton with an alien-like head, tucked into a leather pouch found behind a church in the Atacama desert of Chile. The notion that it was an extra-terrestrial was long ago debunked, but researchers said Thursday they have gleaned new insights from a full genetic analysis of the skeleton, nicknamed "Ata." It belonged to an infant girl with a handful of rare gene mutations linked to dwarfism, deformities and apparent premature aging, said the study in Genome Research. Experts have said previously the bones appeared to belong to someone between the ages of six and eight, but this advanced wear on the bones was likely a consequence of the child's deformities, not a reflection of her actual age. In fact, the study said she likely didn't live long, and may have been born premature. "Given the size of the specimen and the severity of the mutations... it seems likely the specimen was a pre-term birth," said the stu
  2. The paintings of Sir Winston Churchill on view at Heather James Fine Art
    Widely known as the greatest statesman of the 20th century and the savior of Western civilization, a Nobel Prize winner, and the subject of a recent Academy Award-nominated film, more people than ever are taking an interest in Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965). Yet few are aware that he was an avid painter. Eleven oil paintings by Churchill from the 1920s to 1940s, from the collection of the family of the late Julian Sandys, the eldest of Churchill’s grandchildren, join the spotlight in The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill. On view at Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA, March 21 - May 30, 2018, the exhibition will travel to Heather James Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, June 1 - 30, 2018, and then to Heather James Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY, July 1 - September 16, 2018. The nine landscapes along with a coastal scene and a still life depict friends’ estates, gardens, as
  3. Arts Minister steps in to prevent Dalí's surrealist Lobster Telephone from export
    Arts Minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on Lobster Telephone (White Aphrodisiac), by Salvador Dalí and Edward James, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country. The sculpture is the last known example of the hand-painted white design in the UK. It is at risk of being exported unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £853,047 plus VAT. Lobster Telephone was a collaboration between Dalí, one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, and his patron, English poet Edward James, who was known for his promotion of the Surrealist movement. In total, eleven Lobster Telephones were commissioned by James in 1938. Of these, seven were hand-painted white and four were painted red. Each telephone was slightly different, meaning that each is unique. The inspiration for the iconic piece came in 1936 when Dalí, James and others were eating lobsters and one of the discarded shells landed on a telephone.
  4. Howard Greenberg Gallery announces representation of Ray K. Metzker Estate
    Howard Greenberg Gallery has announced their primary representation of the estate of Ray K. Metzker. One the of the great photographers of the modern era, Ray K. Metzker (1931-2014) repeatedly reinvented his approach to the medium throughout his career, and is considered a master of light, shadow, and line. Transforming the ordinary with a bold intensity, he is known for his experimental black and white cityscapes and his “composites,” assemblages of printed film strips and single frames. “I was a total fan of Ray Metzker from day one,” said Howard Greenberg. “In fact, I have quite a few prints by Ray in my private collection. We are truly excited to share his photographs with a brand new audience worldwide. “ During his lifetime, Metzker was represented by Laurence Miller Gallery for more than 30 years. The Metzker estate is now managed by the RKM Archive,
  5. Dorotheum announces Auction Week featuring Old Master & 19th-Century Paintings and Works of Art
    This year’s first major Auction Week at Vienna’s Dorotheum, scheduled from 24 to 26 April 2018, will offer outstanding Old Master and 19th-Century paintings, as well as furniture, sculptures, glass, and porcelain. Pieter Brueghel the Younger is the artist of a remarkable painting featuring the feast of the Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day. The congregation traditionally met after church for a huge banquet, and one person amongst them was chosen by random to act as king. He who found a bean in his piece of cake was entitled to wear a paper crown and appoint his own royal household: queen, jester, master of the ceremonies, food taster, gatekeeper, and so on. As soon as the king raised his glass to his lips, the crowd exclaimed ‘The king drinks!’, and the festivities could begin. This depiction probably harks back to a lost model by Martin van Cleve, the artist’s contemporary. With an estimate of 700,000–