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SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-31-09)
The 1963 single topped a chart of the act’s greatest sales tallies pushing its follow-up, I Want To Hold Your Hand, into second spot.
The Official Chart Company — which puts together the weekly Top 40 — has trawled its records to pull together an all-time bestseller list of the band’s singles, including the many re-releases over the years.
Despite the later acclaim for the band’s innovations and experimentation during the studio-bound years, the list is dominated by tracks up to and including 1965...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (8-31-09)
The Edge of New York: Waterfront Photographs is...
SOURCE: post-gazette.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) (8-30-09)
At 6 feet 4 inches, Lincoln was quite tall for his times. But it doesn't strike you just how far above his peers he towered until you're nose-to-nose with the life-size mannequin displaying the bloodstained clothes taken off his body as he lay dying in the Peterson House, across the street from the theater. The square-toed goatskin boots that climbed under his trousers to his shins are equally spellbinding, if surprisingly shabby for a president. The size 14 shoes are worn down at the heels.
Lincoln's oversized garments, of course, could be seen as an allegory for his place in history: The man was huge, in more...
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun (8-30-09)
The museum reopened two weeks ago after undergoing an $11.6 million head-to-toe makeover.
"We completely gutted this building," said Scott Harmon, the museum director. The only things left standing at one point, he said, were "the outside walls and the concrete floors."
The new museum has a ship model gallery on the second floor and exhibits on the first floor arranged in a chronological flow, allowing the observer to watch history unfold before them...
... Each object on display holds a direct link to the Navy's history, Harmon said. The "Don't Give Up the Ship" flag that flew over the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 is preserved in a glass...
SOURCE: NYT (8-26-09)
Even her “real” name was a nickname. Tucker, who came to the United States from Russia as an infant, was born Sonya Kalish and raised as Sonya Abuza. (The family name was changed at Ellis Island.) She settled on the stage name Sophie Tucker after flirtations with various others, including Ethel Tucker and Sophia Taylor.
She was best known, though, by the tag line that stuck with her from her vaudeville heyday to her death in 1966 at 82: “The Last of the...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (8-28-09)
This major Viking hoard, an important and exciting find, is joint-owned and will be displayed equally between the two partners. Highlights of the hoard will be displayed initially at the Yorkshire Museum in York (17 September – 1 November 2009). It will then travel to the British Museum.
The hoard was declared Treasure and was valued at £1,082,000 by the independent Treasure Valuation Committee. The Vale of York hoard has been acquired with the substantial and generous support of a National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) grant of £507,100, and a £250,000 grant from independent charity The Art Fund. Additional funding came from the Challenge Fund (£97,500) and York Museums Trust (£30,000). A huge sum of £200,000 was raised through public appeal with many individual generous donations from the British Museum Friends. Additional funds were...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (8-28-09)
Warhol’s silkscreened portrait of Kennedy was created in 1980 to raise funds for Kennedy’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. A special feature of the print is Warhol’s use of the colors of the American flag and diamond dust. The Portrait Gallery acquired the portrait in 2000.
Elected to the United States Senate in 1962, Edward Kennedy owed his early success to his close identification with his elder brothers, President John F. Kennedy, whose Senate term he completed, and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Praising their commitment to public service, he acknowledged, "I'm very proud of that association."
Museum experts believe it would have been used to shackle prisoners during transport, but it was uncovered with the lock fastened and no key. This raises the possibility that a prisoner may have slipped out of custody, although a less happy outcome would probably have awaited the unfortunate person who found themselves fettered in the river.
The find was uncovered by Steve Brooker and Rick Jones, mudlarks who thought they were looking at a cannon ball until the attached chain slithered out of the Thameside mud. The foreshore has large areas of thick black mud which preserves objects that would in other conditions corrode or rot away. The ball and chain is made from iron and weighs 8kg. The padlock has a brass plate around the key hole, and is skilfully crafted in a continental fashion...
Police launched a sweep in Yebla, an area in Babel province, after intelligence indicated the painting was being kept by someone in the area, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.
Officers arrested the man who had Picasso's "La Mujer Desnuda," which is worth an estimated $10 million and bears the seal of the Kuwaiti National Museum.
The suspect, said to have served in the security forces under Saddam Hussein, told police he planned to sell the painting for about $450,000...
"Only a handful of artists have become so iconic that we refer to them by one name...
SOURCE: bnet.com (8-27-09)
SOURCE: NYT (8-27-09)
The cause was a heart attack, said his longtime companion and adopted son, Gilles Foy-Lord.
Mr. Lord, while serving with Army intelligence during the war, traveled to Paris on a three-day pass in December 1944 and made a beeline to Picasso’s studio on the Rue des Grands-Augustins. There he gained entry into the artistic set in Montparnasse. Returning to Paris after the war, he became a kind of Boswell to the artistic and social elite in France and, to a lesser extent, Britain.
In three volumes of memoirs, he left sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Balthus, Peggy Guggenheim and other figures encountered in studios, cafes and salons. He wrote several important works on Giacometti, notably the definitive “Giacometti: A Biography,” and...
SOURCE: Time (8-28-09)
After Kennedy's Death: Silence from the Pope
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (8-28-09)
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun (8-27-09)
(WALTER M. MCCARDELL/ BALTIMORE SUN PHOTO / September 5, 1963)
SOURCE: Tom Engelhardt at the website of TomDispatch.com (8-26-09)
The Long, Slow Death of American Triumphalism
The Prequel: In my childhood, I played endlessly with toy soldiers -- a crew of cowboys and bluecoats to defeat the Indians and win the West; a bag or two of tiny olive-green plastic Marines to storm the beaches of Iwo Jima. Alternately, I grabbed my toy six-guns, or simply picked up a suitable stick in the park, and with friends replayed scenes from the movies of World War II, my father's war. It was second nature to do so. No instruction was necessary. After all, a script involving a heady version of American triumphalism was...
SOURCE: IndieWire (8-25-09)
The first three months of the series will explore pre-cinema; the earliest films seen in Europe and America, by the Edison Company and the Lumiere Brothers; pre-D.W. Griffith directors and the early efforts of Griffith at New York’s Biograph Studio; the innovations by Scandinavian filmmakers; and Griffith’s departure from Biograph. Over the course of the two-year series, explicatory and supplementary information will be available on MoMA’s website...
SOURCE: Kingston Whig-Standard (4-16-09)
The $150,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation will mean that the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's will be able to finish the last two chapters of the educational game, which focus on building Canada through Sir John A. Macdonald.
Modelled after the popular game Civilization, the Queen's think-tank plans to hand out 100,000 copies of the game free of charge to schools across the country.
The grant announcement is being made today.
"This is a huge gift we're trying to give to schools and students," said centre chairman Tom Axworthy, a senior adviser to former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
"You can play Civilization, but with Canadian content."
Axworthy said the centre is interested in doing more of these types of games -- known as "...
SOURCE: Slate (8-18-09)
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (8-25-09)
"Five years of research and writing (2002-2007) by 15 scholars of Mesoamerican history show that this document, the Map of Cuauhtinchan 2, with more than 700 pictures in color, is something like a Mesoamerican Iliad and Odyssey," Dr. David Carrasco told Efe in a telephone interview.
"The map tells sacred stories and speaks of pilgrimages, wars, medicine, plants, marriages, rituals and heroes of the Cuauhtinchan community, which means Place of the Eagle's Nest (in the present-day Mexican state of Puebla)," he said.
The map, known as MC2, was painted on amate paper made from tree bark probably around 1540, just two decades after the Spanish conquest of Mexico.