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Dec 30, 2010 10:08 pm | Nelson Ireson

2011 Jaguar XJ Sentinel armored carCrazy as it sounds, it looks like the heavily-armed (and apparently armored) Mexican drug cartels, bent on cowing or overtaking the government, are actually doing a morsel of good amidst all their evil: boosting armored car and SUV sales. The news, fresh out of Mexico City via Reuters, reveals that armored car sales are up 20 percent in Mexico...

Dec 30, 2010 08:37 pm | Nelson Ireson

2011 Lincoln MKXThe Chinese may have called 2010 the year of the tiger, but for us car geeks, it's been the year of the recall. With over 20 million recalled so far, the latest addition of 14,737 Ford and Lincoln pickups and crossovers is just the tiniest of drops in the bucket--but the problem could be huge. An electrical short may develop in the body control...

Dec 30, 2010 08:25 pm | Nelson Ireson

Screencapture of leaked 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK videoThe new and largely already revealed 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK won't be showing in Detroit, according to the latest reports, instead opting for a debut during Mercedes' 125th anniversary celebrations January 29. We may get a look at the car, however, in Mercedes' first Super Bowl spot. The ad, scheduled for 60 seconds during the fourth quarter, is...

Dec 30, 2010 07:41 pm | Nelson Ireson

Using navigation just to get to your destination is so 2009. Now your car can tell you when you should leave your origin point to cut transit time as short as possible. You'll need a SYNC-equipped and Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI)-capable Ford car, though. The new features, announced today, are powered by a smartphone app that uses TDI...

Dec 30, 2010 07:24 pm | Nelson Ireson

Xenatec Maybach Cruiserio CoupeThe best-looking (perhaps only good-looking) Maybach offered these days isn't even built by Daimler. It's built by Xenatec, and it's a coupe conversion of the 57S. Now it has Saudi backing and a new name, Cruiserio--and it's headed to production, of a sort. With $93 million invested by Saudi Arabia's Auto Kingdom, the tuner company is teaming with...

Dec 30, 2010 07:04 pm | Nelson Ireson

NeSmith Storm LS9-powered CamaroIn the tradition of dealer hot-rod legends like Don Yenko and Fred Gibb and their 9561 and 9560 packages, a pair of Chevrolet dealers are working the GM order system--plus a little magic on the side--to turn out special-edition 700-horsepower 2011 Camaros from factory parts. Of course, not all of those factory parts are intended for the Camaro...

Dec 30, 2010 07:00 pm | Bengt Halvorson

2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 CabrioletThe E550 Cabriolet looks the part of luxury convertible cruiser in every way. It's not the sort of luxury convertible that you'd take the family to the Whippi-Dip; rather the one you'd use to take the friends out to gelato on a hot summer night. From pretty much every angle, whether you're following the chiseled, pointed front end, bold...

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Our Editor Is Guided Through The German Historical Museum In Berlin

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:57 AM PST

artwork: The German Historical Museum was opened by former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl and the mayor of Berlin, Eberhard Diepgen on 750th anniversary of the founding of Berlin. The museum is located in the Zeughaus, which is the oldest building in the street Under den Linden. In the period 1949-1965 the old Zeughaus was subject to extensive renovations after the large  evastations as a result of World War 2.

The German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum). The Zeughaus or armory, which today houses the German Historical Museum, is Berlin's largest preserved baroque structure. Four master builders worked on the royal armory between 1695 and 1706. The first, Arnold Nering, died shortly after the foundation stone was laid, his successor Martin Grünberg resigned in 1698; the third, Andreas Schlüter, who created the renowned masks of dying warriors, was relieved of his post when the attic collapsed as a result of a structural miscalculation. The building was finally completed by Jean de Bodt - for the moment. In 1877, Friedrich Hitzig delivered plans for the reconstruction of the Zeughaus to a Prussian Hall of Fame with a military museum. In 1952, the leadership of the GDR commissioned Otto Haesler with the restoration and remodelling of the building as a Museum of German History. The German Historical Museum was launched with an opening ceremony in the Reichstag building in the west part of the city in 1987. At the time, there were plans for a new museum building around the area of the Reichstag building. Architect Aldo Rossi won the competition that was announced in 1988. When the Berlin Wall collapsed, the situation changed: the site was now required for the new chancellory building. In 1990, the German Historical Museum took over the GDR Museum of German History and with it, the Zeughaus. The façade was restored between 1994 and 1998 and its former yellow coat replaced by the historically authentic pink tone. Ex-Chancellor Kohl commissioned Gropius pupil and creator of the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, Ieoh Ming Pei (I.M. Pei), to design an extension on the north side. Pei and his German architectural contact offices of Eller + Eller produced plans for a closed structure on a triangular ground-plan. A four-storey glazed foyer with a glass winding staircase was placed in front of the stone building on the south side and is linked to the main building by a subterranean passageway. The interior courtyard has now been covered over - as in Hitzig's design from 1877. Pei developed the filigree glass roofing in cooperation with the Stuttgart engineering offices of Schlaich, Bergermann and Partner. Construction began in 1998 and the new extension was dedicated in 2003 with the first temporary exhibition. The Schlüter courtyard was reopened to the public in April 2004. German History in Images and Artefacts from Two Millenia Exhibition. In this exhibit more than 8,600 historical objects testify to political events and struggles as well as to social, economic and intellectual developments. Spread across two floors of the former Prussian armory building, with illustrative multi-media stations and special pedagogical opportunities, it presents an enthralling and intellectually enriching tour of the vicissitudes of German history in its greater European context from the beginning of our common era into the present that the visitor can customize according to their personal interest. For full exhibition information in English visit : http://www.dhm.de/ausstellungen/staendige-ausstellung/english/index.html#geteiltesdeutschland

artwork: Reinhold Begas (1831-1911) -  His landmark Neptune fountain in bronze on the Schlossplatz in Berlin.

Reinhold Begas (July 15, 1831 – August 3, 1911) was a famous German sculptor. Begas was born in Berlin to the painter Karl Begas. He received his early education (1846-1851) studying under Christian Daniel Rauch and Ludwig Wilhelm Wichmann. During a period of study in Italy, from 1856 to 1858, he was influenced by Arnold Böcklin and Franz Lenbach in the direction of a naturalistic style in sculpture. This tendency was marked in the group Borussia, executed for the facade of the exchange in Berlin, which first brought him into general notice. Among his chief works during this period are the colossal statue of Borussia for the Hall of Glory; the Neptune fountain in bronze on the Schlossplatz; the statue of Alexander von Humboldt, all in Berlin; the sarcophagus of Emperor Frederick III in the mausoleum of the Church of Peace at Potsdam; and, lastly, the national monument to Emperor William I, the statue of Otto von Bismarck before the Reichstag building, and several of the statues in the Siegesallee. On exhibition until 6 March, 2011 is "Reinhold Begas – Monuments for the German Empire" at the German Historical Museum. The exhibition commemorates one of the most influential artists of his era. As creator of some of Berlin's greatest monuments, such as the Neptune -Fountain and the National -Monument, and as portraitist of many famous -individuals, he shaped the visual world of the German Empire. The exhibition begins with the artist's early years in Berlin, describes his stays in Rome where, together with his artist friends Böcklin, Feuerbach and Lenbach, he developed the "Neo-Baroque" style, and provides insight into his studio and portrait work. A main section deals with Begas' memorials and monuments for Berlin, commissioned by three Kaisers, and examines their politically motivated destruction after the Second World War in East and West Germany. The exhibition and catalogue enter new ground: the last display of Begas' works took place in 1911, the last monograph appeared in 1901. The exhibition aims to reawaken public awareness of this important artist of his time. On display are 235 sculptures, paintings, photographs and documents, most of them never shown before, which provide an impressive overview of Begas' life and oeuvre. At the same time, they reveal the political iconography of the imperial age and a broad panorama of the history of art and culture in Berlin. An exhibition on the centenary of the death of the sculptor.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Editor has been invited to visit Museums and cultural sites in mainland China, Korea, Vietnam. Myanmar, Thailand (Siam), Singapore, Bali and mainland Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and now Germany. Because of the Editor's travel we will be posting many interesting articles from our archives, some of the BEST Articles and Art Images that appeared in your magazine during the past six plus (6+) years . . Enjoy.

The Städel Museum shows Caravaggio in Holland: Music and Genre in the Utrecht Caravaggists

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:39 AM PST

artwork: Caravaggio (1571-1610) - Lute Player, ca. 1596 - Oil on canvas

Frankfurt - The Städel Museum in Frankfurt recently acquired a significant painting by the Utrecht painter Dirck van Baburen dating from 1622. It shows a young singer presenting a virtuoso sample of his art. This masterpiece of both keen observation and dramatization is closely related to quite a number of depictions of musicians all of which were carried out in Utrecht in the 1620s. During that period, the Dutch town was an artistic laboratory where painters experimented with the novel pictorial invention, constantly competing for new solutions. The three protagonists among this group of artists – Hendrick Terbrugghen, Gerard van Honthorst, and Dirck van Baburen – had sojourned in Rome for an entire decade, where they had studied the art of Caravaggio, and soon prevailed with their own compositions executed in the style of their paragon. On exhibition though 26 July, 2009.

The Textile Museum of Canada presents Judy Chicago - - - In Thread

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:37 AM PST

artwork: Judy Chicago - Birth Tear , 1982 - Embroidery on silk 50.8 x 69 cm. Embroidery by Jane Gaddie Thompson. Collection: The Albuquerque Museum. Photo: Donald Woodman

Toronto, Canada - Living legend of feminist art, Judy Chicago's place on the landscape of contemporary textile practice is a significant one. Best known for her groundbreaking sculptural installation, The Dinner Party (1974-1979), Chicago has spent decades exploring the possibilities of "thread as brushstroke." This exhibition surveys some of Chicago's most important contributions in cloth, highlighting both key and lesser-known works dating from 1971 to present. From macramé to needle point to airbrushed quilts, Chicago employs "technique as content" in her major projects selected for this survey exhibition including the Birth Project (1980-1985), the Holocaust Project (1993) and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994 to present). This exhibition centralizes the labour-intensive nature of Chicago's textile work as a metaphor for investing in the ideas, values, histories and provocations in her artwork. On view through 7 September, 2009.

Andy Warhol’s "Dream America" at the Nevada Museum of Art

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:36 AM PST

artwork: Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe

RENO, NV – Photographs of movie stars and images from popular culture were the inspiration for Andy Warhol throughout his print-making career.  This winter more than 100 of Warhol's iconic prints will be featured at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) in Andy Warhol's Dream America: Screenprints from the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.  The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Warhol's printmaking career, as well as a unique opportunity to view a large selection of complete portfolios featuring some of Warhol's most recognizable prints—including images of Marilyn Monroe and the Campbell's Soup cans.  Andy Warhol's Dream America: Screenprints from the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation will be on exhibit from January 20 through May 27, 2007 at the Nevada Museum of Art.

The Kunsthistorisches Museum presents Titian's later sensual works

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:34 AM PST

artwork: Titian - Danae, 1550 - 1553. © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - Following the exhibition "Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting" - organized by the Kunsthistorisches Museum last year in collaboration with the National Gallery in Washington - we now present an exhibition dedicated to Titan's late works. "Late Titian and the Sensuality of Painting" is on view, and will be on show in Venice (Gallerie dell'Accademia) from February 1 till April 21, 2008.

Contemporary Art Sale at Bonhams New York in May

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:32 AM PST

artwork: Anton Henning (German, born: 1964) -  Interior No. 83 in 2001 - Oil on canvas - The work could bring $40/60,000, at Bonhams Contemporary Art sale in New York City in May. - All Photos : Courtesy Bonhams 

New York City - Collectors and admirers of contemporary works of art are eagerly anticipating Bonhams' inaugural New York sale of Contemporary Art on May 13, 2008.  On offer will be outstanding works by many of today's most highly regarded artists, including Mel Ramos, Elaine Sturtevant, Anish Kapoor, Banksy, Anton Henning, Andy Warhol and Judy Chicago.   

The Getty Museum Explores the Genre of Portraiture in Photography

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:30 AM PST

artwork: William Eggleston (American, born 1939) - Morton, Mississippi, 1971 - Dye transfer print. Image: 30.2 X 45.1 cm. © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Gift of Caldecot Chubb - The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 

LOS ANGELES, CA - In Focus: The Portrait presents a selection of about 50 photographs, affording visitors the opportunity to explore a sampling of the Getty Museum's world-renowned collection of photographs on the subject of portraiture. "If photography was initially perceived to be the most truthful of artistic representations, its underlying subjectivity is especially relevant in portraiture," says Anne Lacoste, curator of the exhibition. "The exhibition illustrates the relationship between photographer and sitter. Selected quotes from both the maker and subject provide insight into their experiences of the photographic process." On view 27 January through 14 June, 2009.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Displays ~ Art of the Royal Court

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:28 AM PST

artwork: Console tabletop with Allegory of Air - Galleria dei Lavori, Florence, 1766 - Design by Giuseppe Zocchi Harstones in an alabaster ground, gilded bronze frame - 26-3/8 x 41-3/4 in.- Musée du Louvre,Paris

New York City - The Italian term pietre dure – literally meaning "hard stone" – refers to the artistic cutting of semiprecious stones, such as agate, lapis lazuli, and other colorful hardstones, to fashion extravagant luxury objects, from architectural ornament and furniture to ornate display items and personal jewelry.  Opening July 1 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landmark exhibition Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe will feature more than 170 masterpieces in carved stone, many of them embellished with gold and silver mounts or decorated with exotic woods and other coveted materials.

Heckscher Museum Celebrates Artists Who have Lived in Long Island, NY

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:27 AM PST

artwork: Esphyr Slobodkina, (American, b. Russia, 1908-2002) - Vortex #2, 1991 - Oil on masonite, 48 x 48 in. Heckscher Museum of Art; Gift of the Artist 1997.12.23

HUNTINGTON, NY.- This fall, The Heckscher Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition that celebrates the rich, yet untold role of Huntington and the North Shore of Long Island in American art. For more than a century, Long Island has attracted and inspired innovative artists of the highest caliber who have created groundbreaking works of enduring importance. While the art produced on Long Island's East End has been well documented, the artistic history of Huntington and the North Shore is less known. Opened 3 October through 10 January, 2010.

Picasso's 'Le Rêve' ~ Restored, the Painting Goes On View

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:25 AM PST

artwork: Pablo Picasso - 'Le Rêve' - The puncture left a several-inch tear across the rendering of the model's left forearm. Now repaired, the painting goes on view at New York's Acquavella Galleries - Photo: Bloomberg News

New York City - Twice in 10 years, Pablo Picasso's celebrated 1932 painting of his sleeping mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, made international headlines. Alas, the artist's breathtaking painterly skill and candid insight into human nature were not the cause.  First, on a chilly November night in Manhattan, "Le Rêve" -- "The Dream" -- became the most expensive work at a glamorous 1997 auction, which broke all records for a single-owner sale. Then, early on a hot Las Vegas evening in September 2006, a new owner, Steve Wynn, poked a hole in the picture with an errant elbow, while showing the prize to unexpectedly shocked friends.

Rubens ' Head of Medusa ' at The State Hermitage Museum

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:23 AM PST

artwork: Rubens Head Of Medusa

Saint Petersburg, Russia - The exhibition in the Apollo Hall of the Winter Palace presents one work by the celebrated Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). The canvas of the Head of Medusa from the Kunsthistorisches Museum is perhaps the earliest original treatment of a rare subject in 16th - 17th century Western European art. The depiction of the severed head of Medusa, "entwined by snakes," was for artists of that period a very handy way to demonstrate their ability to instill fear in the spectator. Rubens was entirely successful in this endeavor. On exhibition until 31 July, 2007.

Italy Lends the Getty Museum a Bounty of Berninis

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:22 AM PST

artwork: Gianlorenzo Bernini's

ROME, ITALY -  A major loan exhibition of Bernini's sculptures, paintings and drawings that is also described as the first full viewing of this artist's portrait busts is headed for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles this summer. Including major loans from Italian museums, the exhibition underlines the benefits gained by the Getty from its recent handover of several dozen Greek antiquities that Italy asserted had been looted from its ancient archaeological sites.

This Week in Review in Art Knowledge News

Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:10 AM PST

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