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|
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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|
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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|
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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|
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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|
Posted by Editors at 2:51 AM
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|
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