July 23, 2008
2008 New York International Latino Film Festival: Suzuki Auto Hits Red Carpet With Actors Nick Cannon, Melonie Diaz and Jay Hernandez
Rising Latina star Melonie Diaz receives Suzuki 'Way of Life!' Award.
Automaker presents NYILFF opening night film 'American Son,' starring Nick Cannon, Melonie Diaz and Jay Hernandez.
Photo: Melonie Diaz arrives at a screening of her new film "American Son" at the New York International Latino Film Festival's opening night, presented by Suzuki Auto, Monday July 22, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Suzuki Auto, Jason DeCrow)
Suzuki Auto made a star appearance as the presenting sponsor of the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) opening night film "American Son," featuring rising stars Nick Cannon, Melonie Diaz and Jay Hernandez. Suzuki's sponsorship of the NYILFF, which runs from July 22 through 27, 2008 in New York City, is part of the carmaker's ongoing effort to connect its brand and products with a wide range of Latinos -- a segment that represents nearly 10 percent of Suzuki new vehicle sales.
As part of the festival's opening night activities, Suzuki presented its first ever "Way of Life!" Award to Latina star on the rise Melonie Diaz. The award recognizes Diaz as a flourishing young Latina actress that embodies the authentic, bold and dynamic qualities of Suzuki's "Way of Life!" brand philosophy. Included with the award, the automaker presented a $2,500 cash donation on Diaz's behalf to the Manhattan-based Latin American Theatre Ensemble/El Porton del Barrio (LATE), a not-for-profit theater group responsible for the development of dramatic and literary talent from within the Hispanic-American community of New York City.
Photo: Suzuki Equator
Photo: Suzuki Forenza
"The Suzuki brand is about confidently exploring the world and discovering one's ability to live life to the fullest, and we're glad we've found a like-minded partner in the New York International Latino Film Festival," said Gene Brown, vice president of marketing for American Suzuki Automotive Operations. "Just as Suzuki is dedicated to providing fun and exciting products that reflect our customers' 'Way of Life' attitude, the festival shares a similar commitment to providing exhilarating and culturally relevant entertainment for film fans."
The 2008 NYILFF is presented by HBO (Home Box Office, Inc.), and made possible with the additional support of Official Sponsors HBO Latino, Heineken, Suzuki Auto, TBS & TNT, American Airlines, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily News/VNY, Telemundo, Time Warner Cable's New York City Region, 103.5 WKTU, WNBC and Impre.com.
The NYILFF is one of the leading film festivals that focuses on the urban Latino experience and presents the work of the hottest emerging filmmakers from the U.S. and Latin America. This year's festival includes screenings throughout the day and evening, industry panel discussions, music showcases and an exclusive partnership with Australia's Hola Mexico Film Festival, all tailored to reach the diverse and generational Latino audience.
Source: Suzuki Auto
March 8, 2008
Actress Martina Gedeck to Perform German Narration of DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D Slated for Release on March 13th in Germany
European premiere to take place this Monday at the Cinestar IMAX 3D Kino im Potsdamer Platz in Berlin in the presence of Martina Gedeck, film ambassador Jean-Michel Cousteau and filmmakers the Mantello Brothers.
Photo: Actress Martina Gedeck recording the German narration for DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D in Berlin. Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the film will invite audiences on a journey of discovery with these tribes of the ocean. Its European premiere will be held at the Cinestar IMAX 3D Kino in Potsdamer Platz (Sony Center) in Berlin on March 10 and will then roll out at select IMAX (R) 3D Theatres and Digital 3D cinemas across Germany as of March 13. (3D Entertainment Distribution Ltd.)
Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D immerses viewers in the daily lives of small and giant cetaceans as they interact socially, play, communicate, feed, breed, migrate and fight for their survival. It also delivers a powerful message in favor of the protection of these tribes while they are facing the greatest challenge of all: to survive the destruction of their habitat and depletion of food resources. The film marks the first time that humpback whales, belugas, orcas, bottlenose dolphins and manatees have been filmed in 3D for the world's biggest screens.
Three years in the making, the film required no fewer than 12 international expeditions and 600 hours spent underwater at some of the remotest locations on Earth, including off the Pacific Ocean atolls of Moorea and Rurutu (French Polynesia), Vava'u Island (Kingdom of Tonga), Pico Island (Azores) and the Valdez Peninsula (Argentina). Unlike other IMAX(R)-type films, it was shot entirely in the wild and consists solely of underwater footage, with no humans on screen.
The film is produced and released by 3D Entertainment and its distribution unit in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, Ocean Futures Society, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), PADI's Project Aware and Reef Check. |GlobalGiants.com|
February 9, 2008
Artexpo New York Announces 30th Anniversary Hall of Fame Inductees
World's Largest Fine & Popular Art Fair Recognizes Some of its Great Artists, Galleries and Publishers
In recognition of Artexpo New York's 30th anniversary, show organizers today announced the names of 30 art icons to be inducted into a new Hall of Fame.
Since debuting in 1978, Artexpo New York has helped launch the careers of some of the finest American artists of the 20th Century. Today, some of those art greats were singled out to be honored for their involvement in the world's largest fine and popular art fair. The list includes artists, galleries and publishers that have left their mark on the show and the American art scene.
The inductees are: Andy Warhol, Chuck Jones, Erte, Ron English, Joel & Renee Meisner, Dr. Ron Parker, Bruce McGaw, Nancy McGaw, Agudelo-Botero Orlando, Christine Rosamond, Charles Fazzino, George Rodrigue, Crash, Michael Delacroix, RC Gorman, Salvador Dali, James Rizzi, Martin Blinder, Marilyn Goldberg, Leonor Fini, Max Papart, Marvin Rosenbaum, Bill Mack, Eyvind Earle, Nan Miller, Sylvia Chait, Victor Vasarely, Jacques Soussana, Jack Solomon, Carolyn Solomon.
Tickets for Artexpo New York are available the day of the show at the Javits Convention Center box office. The show is open to the public on March 1 from 10am-6pm, March 2 from 11am-6pm, and March 3 from 10am-2pm.
More than 50,000 visitors, including trade buyers and consumer art enthusiasts, are expected to attend Artexpo New York, where they can purchase both traditional and cutting-edge works ranging from original paintings and sculptures to limited-edition lithographs, animation art, photography and more. The 2008 show will also have an expanded selection of international art available, showcasing the latest trends in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. |GlobalGiants.com|
January 24, 2008
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA -- LILY CLOUDS
Photo: South Carolina artist Jocelyn Chateauvert's created "Lily Clouds" from flax paper and sterling silver wire. "Lily Clouds" is on display, hanging from the chapel ceiling in the Medical University of South Carolina's new 641,000 square foot hospital which will open on February 4. This piece represents only one of 873 pieces of original, contemporary art completed by 54 South Carolina artists created to inspire serenity and a healing environment for patients, caregivers and families.
The value of the integration of arts and a healing environment in a healthcare setting is being recognized by a growing number of leading medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Stanford.
January 4, 2008
Winter Antiques Show Celebrates its 54th Year with New Exhibitors
Exclusive Offerings from 75 U.S. and International Exhibitors.
Photo: Portrait of a Girl in a Red Dress, American, c. 1840, oil on canvas. An exceptional portrait of a young girl in a red dress, seated before a red curtain open to a view of rolling hills. Available from Frank & Barbara Pollack American Antiques & Art at the 54th Annual Winter Antiques Show, January 18-27, New York City.
NEW YORK -- The Winter Antiques Show celebrates its 54th year in January as America's most prestigious antiques show showcased by 75 exhibitors specializing in American, English, European and Asian fine and decorative arts. This fully vetted show, held January 18-27, is the standard of excellence by which all other antiques shows in America are measured.
Photo: Schwarz Gallery. The Old Mill, by Charles Lewis Fussell. c. 1901. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated on the lower right, "C.L. FUSSELL/1901." 29 x 36"
New exhibitors include Elliott & Grace Snyder Antiques, dealing primarily in 17th, 18th, and early 19th century material, with an emphasis on American vernacular furniture, textiles, and metalwork, particularly early lighting; Daniel Katz Limited, a specialist in European sculpture since 1968; Aronson of Amsterdam, founded in 1881, offers some of the earliest and rarest ceramics objects produced by the Delft factories in the 17th and 18th centuries; and John Alexander Ltd., specializing in Reformed Gothic, Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts design, and 20th century British handcrafted furniture and decorative arts.
Photo: Gerald Peters Gallery. End of the Trail, #13, by James Earle Fraser. Modeled in 1918, cast c. 1925. Bronze with dark brown patina. Inscribed: FRASER 1918. Stamped: Roman Bronze Works N.Y. and underneath RB 13. 33 1/2" H.
The 54th annual Winter Antiques Show will be held from January 18-27, 2008 at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. Show hours are from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. daily, except Sundays and Thursday, 12 Noon to 6 p.m. |GlobalGiants.com|
October 18, 2007
"Da Vinci... An Exhibition of Genius" organized by 'RYP Australia' Reveals Details about Mona Lisa
Photo: Da Vinci... An Exhibition of Genius presents "Mona Lisa Revealed": high-tech camera uncovers hidden images in world's most famous painting.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18 -- Since making its North American debut in San Francisco in August 2007, Da Vinci - an Exhibition of Genius has inspired thousands of visitors with the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable genius as an artist, inventor, anatomist, sculptor, engineer and architect. In line with the exhibition's theme of discovery and invention, exhibition organizers RYP Australia announced a new installation unveiling 25 secrets about the most famous painting in the world: Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa."
"Mona Lisa Secrets Revealed" showcases the work of French engineer Pascal Cotte. His life-long passion for the study and preservation of the Mona Lisa led him to invent the cutting edge 240-megapixel Multi-spectral Imaging Camera, which uses patented infrared technology and intense illumination to scan the painting and virtually peel away layers of varnish applied over centuries. With his camera, Cotte was able to uncover how the Mona Lisa looked as she was originally painted, including layers of over-painting, restoration and attempts at preservation -- even identifying the individual pigments that da Vinci used.
Cotte used his camera to scientifically verify and visually recreate 25 secrets of the Mona Lisa that otherwise go unseen. Other discoveries include da Vinci's preparatory drawings, alterations, restorations, and historical events the painting has withstood. Using his Multi-spectral Imaging Camera, Cotte's work resulted in thirteen original photos of the masterpiece, with unequalled accuracy and resolution, showing how the Mona Lisa looked to Da Vinci's contemporaries: blue sky, pink face, brighter mountains, and green trees.
The exhibition now allows the public to see new details, including Mona Lisa's original gaze and smile, new findings regarding the mark on the corner of her eye, and the lace on her dress that has disappeared over time. |GlobalGiants.com|
August 27, 2007
Writers of the Future Awards Ceremony
24 Writing and Illustrating Careers Launched at the California Institute of Technology Athenaeum.
Photo: NYT bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson (Dune series) gets his book signed by newly published illustrator Marcus Collins at the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Ceremony at the Athenauem at Caltech where 24 writers and illustrators were feted at black tie celebration.
PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 27 -- Over 300 fans, along with two-time Emmy nominated actress Lee Purcell (Due South, Valley Girl) and Latina singer/songwriter Carina Rico, attended the 23rd L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards ceremony this past weekend at the Athenaeum situated at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena to honor the 24 winners of the international Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests and cheer the release of Writers of the Future Volume 23, the book featuring their first professional sale.
Each writing and illustrating contest winner was presented their trophy by contest judges at the ceremony. The Gold Award to the author of the Story of the Year was presented by actress Lee Purcell to Steven Kotowych from Toronto, Ontario, for his story "Saturn in G Minor". The Gold Award for the Illustrator of the Year was presented to Lorraine Schleter from Fort Branch, Indiana by Latin vocalist Carina Rico.
Prior to the awards ceremony, the winners were flown in from as far away as France, United Kingdom and Ukraine to attend a week long workshop taught by contest judges-including New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson (Dune series), Tim Powers (Three Days to Never), Sean Williams (The Resurrected Man) and internationally acclaimed artist, Stephen Hickman -- each one an experienced professional in the field providing sound advice based on hard-won experience. |GlobalGiants.com|
June 13, 2007
The Shapes Project at the Young Art Fair in Switzerland : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: A Visitor has a close look at "The Shapes Project" a work by Allan McCollum. This is part of the exhibition Liste 07, The Young Art Fair. The Art 38 Basel fair and exhibition takes place from 13 to 17 June 2007 in Basel. The international art show features 290 leading art galleries from all continents. Art Basel is the world's premier modern and contemporary art fair. 20th- and 21st-century art works by over 2'000 artists are on display. More than 50,000 art collectors, art dealers, artists, curators and art lovers are expected to attend the annual meeting place of the art community. (AFP) |GlobalGiants.com|
June 12, 2007
TRAVELLING EXHIBITION ON BENETTON'S FABRICA : GlobalGiants.com
Fabrica: les yeux ouverts, the exhibition which the Pompidou Centre mounted in Paris in October 2006, starts its journey as a travelling exhibition to debut in Italy at the Milan Triennale from 5 June to 5 July 2007.
Fabrica is Benetton's research centre on communication.
Fabrica presents its documentary (COLORS magazine and photo reports) and experimental (media art, interactive, video, visual communication) projects integrated with new stories and the premiÃ¨res of many new videos. There will also be two new interactive installations to encourage the public’s direct involvement. A new feature in Milan is the presentation of Fabrica Features, Fabrica’s satellites in Bologna, Lisbon, Hong Kong, Rotterdam and London. Points of sale of the design products bearing the same name, but also the nuclei of a network of cultural encounters and presentations integrated with the local artistic scene. |GlobalGiants.com|
June 7, 2007
See Pittsburgh in a Whole New Light! : GlobalGiants.com
'Pittsburgh Festival of Lights' Transforms Downtown Buildings into Large Scale Works of Art.
Photo: Agnes Katz Plaza Pittsburgh Before. (Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass)
Photo: Agnes Katz Plaza Pittsburgh After. (Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass)
On Tuesday, June 5, 2007, downtown Pittsburgh buildings became giant canvasses illuminated with rich colors, shapes and textures inspired by glass during the first Pittsburgh Festival of Lights. It is all a part of Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass! - a year-long collaboration of more than 70 cultural, civic and community partners designed to get local residents and tourists to experience the region's tremendous array of arts, events and activities.
In addition to the Festival of Lights, there are hundreds of world class events in Pittsburgh throughout 2007 including Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass, Viva Vetro! Glass Alive! Venice and America at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Allure of Japanese Glass at the Glass Center. |GlobalGiants.com|
June 6, 2007
Clark Hulings Sale Tops $2.4 Million : GlobalGiants.com
Photo: "Sicilian Cauliflower Stand", oil on canvas, 18" x 27" by Clark Hulings. (Morris & Whiteside Galleries)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C., June 5 -- Nationally acclaimed American painter Clark Hulings capped off an eastern U.S. tour of 38 new oil paintings with the auction of 15 lots at Morris & Whiteside Galleries, Hilton Head Island, SC on Saturday, 2 June. Auction sales totaled $1,662,080, which exceeded the high estimate total by ten percent and, when combined with the earlier set price sale of 22 paintings at J. N. Bartfield Galleries in New York City on 22 May, and La Vucciria Market, Palermo, sold by auction on 31 March, brought total sales for the artist's one-man event to $2,434,080.
Top auction lots included Las Ramblas, a 26" x 46" oil, estimated at $150,000 to $200,000, that sold for $212,800; Breton Reflections, a 24" x 40"oil, estimated at $120,000 to $150,000, that fetched $184,000; and Sicilian Cauliflower Stand, an 18" x 27" oil, estimated at $40,000 to $45,000, that hammered down at $84,000. |GlobalGiants.com|