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First major exhibition devoted to Niki de Saint Phalle in twenty years opens in Paris

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PARIS.- Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002) is one of the most renowned artists from the mid-twentieth century. Throughout her prolific career, Saint Phalle created a complex body of work in various media which was deeply embedded with socio-political issues. With themes ranging from joyful to profound to intellectual, the paradoxal nature of her work has yet to be ... Read More »

Iranian photographer returns €50,000 prize

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A row has erupted between the Paris-based Fondation Carmignac and the Iranian artist Newsha Tavakolian, who stepped down as the winner of the foundation’s photojournalism award and returned the €50,000 purse. Tavakolian says the organisation’s founder Edouard Carmignac interfered with her work, while the foundation argues that she did not respect the terms of the prize and has cancelled a ... Read More »

Canadian Museum for Human Rights Nears Opening After Difficult Decade

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After years of planning and controversy, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is officially opening on September 20 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With a $351 million design of glass and bending lines by Antoine Predock, crowned by a 23-story “Tower of Hope,” its 47,000 square feet of gallery space are the elaborate setting for an ambitious mission. It’s been quite a decade of a journey for the ... Read More »

Yves Klein: The man who invented a colour

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The Frenchman was an artist, showman and inventor – who created a hue that had never existed before. How did he achieve this? Alastair Sooke reports. One summer’s day in 1947, three young men were sitting on a beach in Nice in the south of France. To pass the time, they decided to play a game and divide up the ... Read More »

El Greco: A modern artist in the 16th Century

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This year is the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death but his works can feel shockingly modern. Jason Farago examines how his works influenced Manet, Cézanne, Picasso and Pollock. Few artists stick out from the standard tale of western painting more pointedly than El Greco, the great outlier of the late 16th Century. Deeply religious, passionately single-minded, he merged the ... Read More »

Teaching Is Not a Business

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TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology. Neither strategy ... Read More »

artnet News Interviews 105-Year-Old Hans Erni

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Born in Lucerne in 1909, Swiss artist Hans Erni’s multi-dimensional art career spans seven decades! Between 1927 and 1928, Erni attended the School of Arts and Crafts before traveling to Europe meeting the likes of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. You can notice influence of Picasso and Braque’s Cubist experiments throughout Erni’s oeuvre. Returning to Switzerland in 1937, Erni co-founded a group of Switzerland-based ... Read More »

Megan Washington: Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking

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Published on 8 Aug 2014 Megan Washington is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment—from avoiding the letter combination “st” to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has ... Read More »

The ancient roots of self-help

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The self-help industry is reportedly worth $13bn in the US alone. Robin Ince looks at the roots of a literary tradition that goes from strength to strength. Once life became more than chasing beasts, running away from bigger beasts, occasional mating and surviving ice ages, things got complicated. Once your life became a little more secure, you had to work ... Read More »