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ARTS & CULTURE EVENT The 69th Festival of Aix-en-Provence – 3−22 July 2017 Created in 1948, the International Festival d’Art Lyrique is a festival devoted to opera and classical music that takes place every year in Aix-en-Provence. It is one of the biggest opera and music festivals in Europe, and is famous worldwide.  Nominated European Cultural Ambassador in 2013 and Best Opera Festival in 2014, the purpose of the Festival of Aix is to “make opera a living experience, an art that gives meaning to the world.” The Festival is therefore committed to an approach with a clear philosophy: thinking of opera as a living art. The 69th Festival of Aix-en-Provence will take place from 3−22 July 2017. http://festival-aix.com In Partnership with Château du Seuil “Since we acquired the estate in 2014, the revitalisation of its viticultural activity has been orientated towards excellence. It goes hand in hand with the desire to enhance the…

Conceived and produced by Sotheby’s and presented by Huntsman, ‘Treasures from Chatsworth’ celebrates the Cavendish family’s centuries-long passion for art and collecting Collecting is an art form in itself. For over 16 generations the Cavendish family has commissioned and collected contemporary art. Their passion for the present as well as the past is what makes Chatsworth one of the world’s greatest collections. The seat of the 12th Duke of Devonshire and home to the Cavendish family since 1549, Chatsworth is where the past and present co-exist, with a collection at once steeped in history and forward looking.At Chatsworth, visitors encounter works by Da Vinci and Damien Hirst, breath-taking monumental sculpture, cutting-edge portraiture and remarkable design pieces. The legacy of commissioning inspiring contemporary pieces lives on. Sotheby’s 13-part series Presented by Huntsman Sotheby’s 13-part series, presented by Huntsman and produced by Chrome Productions, explores the diverse works of art in the…

The Musée du Louvre, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, is holding a landmark exhibition about renowned painter Johannes Vermeer. For the first time since 1966, this event will bring together twelve of the Delft master’s paintings—a third of his total known body of work—providing an insight into the fascinating relationships the artist maintained with other great painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Thanks to special loans from the most prominent American, British, German, and—naturally—Dutch museums, visitors will be able to see Vermeer in a new light. The exhibition does away with the legend of the reclusive artist living in his own inaccessible, silent world—without ever implying that Vermeer was just one painter of many. Indeed, his artistic temperament grew more distinct through encounters with other artists. Vermeer did more than launch a new movement: he acted as…

Interview with Artist Spar Street What inspired your philosophies about art and your zeal for creating art? I was born into the home of an irrepressibly creative artist, my mother, who to this day can create more art on a daily basis than any other person I have ever met. My entire childhood was an immersion in a world of fine art that few children get to experience. I saw how art was a form of play, a form of communication, a form of exploration, a way dreaming dreams and healing pain, and a means for expressing love, caring and value. I had dyslexia so severely that I could not read until the fifth grade. I was years behind my peers, which provided an ideal environment to develop nasty self-concepts like “I am stupid,” “I am not good enough,” “I will never fit in,” “I am not lovable.” I remember…

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveils new work by Chinese artist Yang Fudong as part of its Art Programme. The artist created a new video work which was launched at the Shanghai Center of Photography (SCôP), Shanghai, located in the West Bund art area. The artwork will be on public display at SCôP 13 December 2016 – 5 January 2017 and will be exhibited at further locations throughout China in 2017. The Rolls-Royce Art Programme celebrates a shared philosophy between the marque and the world of Art. Patrons are afforded the luxury of a blank canvas, on which they may express their own vision, creating motor cars that transcend their primary role as a means of conveyance, to become works of art themselves. The programme seeks to go beyond merely sponsoring the medium by adding cultural capital to the world of contemporary art. In this new work, Yang takes inspiration from the…

The concept of ‘Chinese’ wallpapers originally came not from the East but from 18th Century Europe, with its passion for all things Oriental. Whether printed or hand painted, they brought an explosion of jewel-rich colour and naturalistic design to the smartest 18th Century walls. Chinoiserie hit yet another fashion peak in the 19th Century, inspired by The Royal Pavilion in Brighton and some of the most opulent wall decorations ever seen. Allyson McDermott has restored many important examples of 18th and 19th Century hand painted Chinoiserie papers in locations including The Royal Pavilion and Belvoir Castle… Inspired by these, she has now launched her own collection of authentic fine art replicas, recreated from her studio archive. Printed to order in Allyson’s Gloucestershire studio, they use water based pigment inks and the highest quality acid free ‘Kozo’, a specialist traditional oriental paper. Capturing all the charm and subtlety of the hand…

Spar Street is a successful businessman turned world renowned artist whose art and message would speak to art lovers. Icons such as Richard Branson, Ted Turner, Eckhart Tolle all have something in common: while “success” and nobility are obvious fits, they also find inspiration in the work of an artist whose vision represents the passion, purpose, perseverance and integrity required to lead their noteworthy lives. With this century’s recent interest in the art collections of the rich and famous, and while Spar Street’s works adorn the walls of millionaires, it’s not the monetary value placed on his art that drives Street to create — his work is made with a distinct purpose we rarely get to hear about. Art with a Higher Purpose Street’s work has been described as a “guiding path,” and art that has the power to remind them of what matters most in life. His paintings and…

In a hyperactive modern world full of endless choices and change, why choose an antique for your personal space, office, or art collection? The team at London-based, Butchoff Antiques, have put together five compelling reasons to take another look at the timeless designs created in the past. 5 Reasons to Take Home an Antique 1 Historical Significance Antiques are enduring symbols of the historical importance of design and high taste. As versatile objects, to be both appreciated visually and used practically, antiques tell stories about the history of fashion, decoration, and utility, connecting the past to present. Pay attention to the details! The form and decoration of a piece can indicate its origins: where and when it was likely made. They signify the style of a moment, and the fashion for interior decoration in a particular place and time. Antiques have always had the adaptability to integrate into existing interior…

An Exclusive Tour of the World Famous Sydney Opera House I may never get a chance to perform to a cheering crowd at the Sydney Opera House, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t performed there. In fact, I recently sang on the main stage, took up the baton at the front of the orchestra pit, danced in the rehearsal room and enjoyed spending time in the same dressing room used by Prince, even playing a tune on the piano Prince himself would have played there while he waited to perform. Of course, I’ve also sat in the best seat in the house. See the video of this exclusive tour below This experience was courtesy of a private tour of Sydney’s iconic performance venue, a truly exclusive experience that enabled me to walk in the footsteps of the stars. The Opera House receives many visitors each year, with millions attending performances…

Online gallery ArtAndOnly has announced a new collection entitled World States which represents the important cultural significance and extraordinary diversity of the prestigious contemporary work available to view worldwide and buy online. World States, curated by ArtAndOnly, explores our understanding of cultural belonging and nationality, of history, and the effects of globalisation. World States features two important works “Alone on the boat” and “Self portrait underwater” by the Chinese artist, Li Tianbing whose art is a recreation of his own identity in a China of the one-child policy, introduced in 1979, and an exploration of its human consequences. A piece entitled “Li Wei falls to HK” shows the Li Wei, the celebrated Chinese artist and photographer magically suspended upside down in Hong Kong harbour. The radical American contemporary artist, Mark Flood’s work explores the modern world with his piece ‘Grey World Microsoft 5’, 2014, a haunting, blurred and beautiful version of…

A rare bronze sculpture from an edition on display at both Highgrove, Prince Charles’s country home, and in Hyde Park, is set to take £200,000 at auction on October 10. Isis, by solicitor-turned-sculptor Simon Gudgeon, depicts the Goddess of Nature as a stylised bird and is best known from the monumental bronze of it in Hyde Park. Sculptures by Simon Gudgeon The 2.08m high bronze, raised on a polished black marble plinth, is number one of nine and is the first to reappear on the market since the edition sold out in 2009. It leads a quartet of large-scale casts from Gudgeon (b.1958) and Lorenzo Quinn (b.1966), among 60 lots of contemporary art at the House and Garden auction at Mallams’ saleroom in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on October 10-11. Works by Sculptor Lorenzo Quinn Quinn had a brief acting career in his 20s, including playing a young Antonio Stradivari alongside his…

Ripley, is an artist of creative vision. A creator of large-scale works accomplished through the use of ultra high-resolution digital photography, combined with extensive work in post-production. Capturing your thoroughbred horse in artistic hyper-realism is a wonderful way to immortalize your beloved animal. Through Ripley’s work as a fine art photographer and artist, he creates images of unprecedented detail and clarity – a new concept in the way thoroughbred racehorses are represented and visualised. His creative vision is not simply that of an artistic interpretation of a racehorse, but it is actually the racehorse and incorporated elements of the natural or urban landscape. The images he creates are composed in a manner that recalls classical equine art. His work involves artistic applications which cannot be gleaned from the imagination. The form of concept and execution all lend to the exceptional final outcome. He has a precise manner of working from the location…

A CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION FEATURING HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BETH RUDIN DEWOODY COLLECTION Exhibition celebrates Chicago’s distinct artistic history during EXPO CHICAGO Circa 1881 and The Peninsula Chicago present Whoville, an exhibition featuring over thirty art works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection. On view from September 9 to October 23, 2016, at The Peninsula Chicago, the exhibition coincides with the annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (September 22-25, 2016). Whoville is the latest project from Circa 1881’s ongoing partnership with The Peninsula Hotels to present rotating art exhibitions of world-class contemporary art for the hotels’ public spaces. The winner of the 2016 CODAaward in the Hospitality category, Circa 1881 produces art exhibitions and programming in collaboration with noted collectors or from artworks on loan from private  collections it has under management. A Collection that Explores the Fantastical & Surreal Whoville is both an exclusive glimpse…

The greatest French follower of Caravaggio (1571–1610), Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632) was also one of the outstanding artists in 17th-century Europe. In the years following Caravaggio’s death, he emerged as one of the most original protagonists of the new, naturalistic painting. Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio will be the first monographic exhibition devoted to this artist who is little known because his career was short-lived—he died at age 41—and his works are so rare. Rare Works on Display in a Landmark Event Around 60 paintings by Valentin survive, and this exhibition will bring together 45 of them, with works coming from Rome, Vienna, Munich, Madrid, London, and Paris. Exceptionally, the Musée du Louvre, which possesses the most important and extensive body of Valentin’s works, will lend all of its paintings by the artist. Not since 1973, when an exhibition of the French followers of Caravaggio was held at the French…

A series of rare posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will headline the Vintage Posters sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on August 3. Dating to the artist’s Fin de Siècle period as the trailblazer of modern commercial art, they include some of his most famous designs promoting the entertainments of Paris, with estimates running up to $30,000 for a single example. Divon Japonais from 1893 (estimate: $6000-9000), La Revue Blanche from 1895 (est: $20,000-30,000), and The Chap Book along with Troupe de Mlle Eglantine from 1896 (each estimated at $20,000-30,000) are all landmark rarities that inspired the generations of commercial artists who followed. The auction is the first major sale of Vintage Posters since Christie’s closed their South Kensington department following the sale of the Dr Hans Sachs Poster collection as part of their Interiors sale on June 8. “Christie’s decision to close their poster department after decades…