After Drugs and Guns, Art Theft Is the Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World


June 2014, and an unusual three-day conference is taking place in the basement room of New York University’s School of Law. The 200 or so attendees that have hurried their way across sunny Washington Square include FBI agents, lawyers, auction house heads, art dealers and collectors who buy and sell multi-million–dollar items. Waiting, sharp-suited, is -Brooklyn-born conference organiser Chris Marinello, ... Read More »

Giant Rubber Duck Vanishes in Chinese Flood


A giant rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has disappeared amid heavy storms in China’s southwestern Guiyang City, the Wall Street Journal reports. The 54-foot-tall, 2000 pound  inflatable artwork was perched upon a floating metal platform, tethered to the bottom of the Nanming river by steel wires. The work has toured the world since 2007 and has been on display in the ... Read More »

5 minutes with the Artist: Marie-Angela Paino

A life beyond waiting 1a Marie Angela Painos' exibition at fortyfivedownstairs LLL

Marie-Angela Paino is based in Melbourne Australia with her camera, creating images that move and inspire. She is the curator, organiser and co-exhibitor in our current exhibition A Life Beyond Waiting; a selection of photographs  created to raise awareness of the low rates of organ donation in Australia, and the possibility of generosity among human beings. What is the inspiration behind your ... Read More »

Gurrumul – Live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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After sold out performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013, Gurrumul returns for two encore performances at the Sydney Opera House this September. Gurrumul’s most popular songs will be included but new works from his orchestral project (due for release next year) will also be performed, some for the first time ever.  A female chorus complementing his high tenor ... Read More »

Seven Goals For Brazil (Through Street Art)


Brazil lost 7-1 and that’s great. Maybe now the voices of the disenfranchised will be heard more than the fan chants. These works of street art underline the country’s current crisis. goal |gōl|​ noun (in football, soccer, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and often with a net attached behind it, forming a space into ... Read More »

5th Silent Film Festival Tribute @ Cacoyannis Foundation

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The 5th Silent Film Festival Tribute to the Great Directors of Silent Film II – (Part 2) will take place on July 7 -16 at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. The programme features 12 great directors including Charlie Chaplin, Carl Theodore Dreyer, Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Alexander Dovzhenko and Rex Ingram, 21 silent films and live musical accompaniment by composers and musicians in direct ... Read More »