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Jan 31, 2011 08:50 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

2002 Jaguar X-TypeWhile it’s been rumored that Jaguar is planning a new entry-level sedan model to take on the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class for some time now, to this day Jaguar is yet to confirm the existence of such a model nor confirm that it’s even being looked at. Perhaps it was because of the poor success experienced by the...

Jan 31, 2011 04:22 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Bugatti Veyron curbs wheel while parkingIn fairness to the driver of this Bugatti Veyron, visibility in a supercar tends to be very poor but that still doesn’t negate the lack of skill presented here in this latest video. While attempting to do a simple parallel park, albeit with quite of lot of cars and pedestrians loitering, the driver first manages to mount the curb with hits...

Jan 31, 2011 07:25 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Coupe computer-generated renderingInstead of only replacing its A-Class and B-Class models with new hatchbacks for the next-generation of the compact duo, Mercedes-Benz will be introducing an entire family of new compact cars based around a single innovative platform. This new family will include regular hatchback models, which we’ve already seen testing in prototype form on...

Jan 31, 2011 09:30 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

2011 Chrysler 200 S MoparChrysler has a major problem on its hands. Despite a range of new and exciting models in the pipeline, there’s one glaring issue the automaker needs to address if it’s to become as successful as some of its rivals. The average buyer age for a Chrysler-branded model is 62 years. Compound this with the added dilemma of having just three...

Jan 31, 2011 05:36 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Aston Martin One-77 spotted on the streets of MonacoThe first deliveries of the much-hyped Aston Martin One-77 supercar have quietly started, with the first example of the limited edition beauty being delivered to a customer in Monaco this past week. The first car, finished in a solid black, was seen parked outside the Hotel de Paris, right in the center of Monte Carlo. As we reported last month...

Jan 31, 2011 04:32 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Ferrari 458 Italia gets run over by Ford F-150 pickup truckImagine having to endure a 12 to 18 month waiting list to finally get your hands on a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia supercar, only to have it crushed under the wheels of a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the owner of this sorry looking Ferrari, which only had around 500 miles on the clock. The car reportedly...

Jan 31, 2011 12:38 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

2010 Audi quattro ConceptIt’s no secret that Audi has ambitious goals to become the world’s leading luxury auto brand within the decade and is planning to boost its lineup to 42 different models by 2015. Not surprisingly we’ve seen several brand new model additions in the recent past, with cars like the A7 and A1 making their respective debuts in the...

Jan 30, 2011 11:06 pm | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

CEC Lexus LFALexus of North America has chosen Los Angeles-based tuner CEC (Claus Ettensberger Corporation) to create a trio of modified versions of its new 2012 LFA supercar, which will be delivered to three very lucky customers later this year. With the Lexus LFA being such a finely tuned machine in its natural state, improving on it would be extremely...

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The Kampa Museum For Central European Modern Art ~ In Prague,Czech Republic Greets Our Editor

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:40 PM PST

artwork: On the right the last two buildings are The Kunsthaus in Bregenz (KUB) and the museum's cafe and administration building to the right of the museum. Designed by Peter Zumthor and opened in 1997. Architectonically unusual exhibition gallery for contemporary art, a glass cube at the banks of Lake Constance. From the outside, the building looks like a lamp. It absorbs the changing light of the sky, the haze of the lake, it reflects light and colour and gives an intimation of its inner life according to the angle of vision, the daylight and the weather.

Above all, the Kampa Museum is a "fun" place. Yes, there is serious art, and yes, you can hear echoes of 1968 and the "Prague Spring" in many of the works, but the museum itself is such a relaxed, friendly and humorous place that it simply delights the visitor. The Kampa Museum for Central European Modern Art is located in a 15th century mill house situated within a park on Kampa island in Prague. The building, which was rebuilt and renovated in a contemporary style provides an intimate, humorous and friendly environment. Broad glass walls, a central glass tower and terraces containing contemporary sculpture (often spilling out into the adjacent Vltava river, as with the Cracking Art Groups' illuminated yellow penguins in 2009) blend the museum into its surroundings. The museum owes its existence to the well-known Czech-American art lover and historian, Meda Mladek, and the fulfillment of her vision to transform the historical Sova Mill complex into a museum for Central European modern art, which could publicly exhibit and preserve her bequest to the city of Prague of the unique art collection that she and her late husband, Jan Mladek, collected over their lifetime. Jan and Meda Mladek believed that culture is the basis for a nation's survival. For many years they supported and promoted artists who were persecuted, exiled or driven underground during the communist era. The museum's opening was not without incident, originally it was intended to open in 2002, but just before the completion of reconstruction and interior design, the Vltava River burst its banks and flooded the building up to a height of five metres, delaying the opening until 2003. The fate of one of its exhibits, the huge wooden chair carved by artist Magdalena Jetelova was followed by the media as this work of art drifted some fifty kilometres down the river and was eventually found close to the town of Melnik. In the permanent collection is František Kupka /1871 - 1957/ - The František Kupka exposition in Museum Kampa represents one of the largest and most famous collections of this great pioneer of modern art. The collection, which amounts to more than 200 pieces, covers works from his time as a student to his later abstract period. Also Otto Gutfreund /1889 - 1927/ - Museum Kampa is home to artworks by this famous Czech sculptor of the 20th century. Several of his sculptures are displayed in the museum, including his bronze cubistic pieces. Visit the museum's website at:

artwork: A surrealistic sculpture, a giant chair, created by contemporary artist Magdalena Jetelova and situated off the brink of the Moldova river in Prague. It's located on the Malá Strana side of the river and next to the Kampa Museum for Central European Modern Art.

The original Mladek bequest has subsequently been supplemented by donations from Jirí and Bela Kolár (Jiri Kolár already featured in the Mladek's collection) and the collection of the renowned art theorist Henry Chalupecký. Amongst the highlights of the Kampa's collection are; the František Kupka exposition, containing more than 200 works, covering his time from a student to his later abstract period; sculptures by Otto Gutfreund; and a unique collection of modern Czech art, including works by Vaclav Cigler, Hugo Demartini, Stanislav Kolibal, Adrien Šimotová, Vladimir Janousek, Vera Janoušková, Eva Kmentova, Magdalena Jetelová. Radek Kratina, John Kubicek, Karel Malich, Alena Kucerova, George Naceradský, Otakar Nightingale, and Charles Nepras. Art from other Central European countries is represented by artists including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Edward Dwurnika, Izabella Gustowské, Joseph Lukomského, Akos Birkáse, György Jovánovicse, Ivan Kozarica and Branko Popovic Mitzi. The collection includes hundreds of paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphics by prominent Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian and Yugoslavian artists. Temporary exhibitions (such as Andy Warhol's "Disaster Relics") allow the local art to be shown alongside its contemporary western art. In the old stables buildings, the Kampa is currently showing John Schmid's Ypsilon Theater posters (until 13 February 2011) and a second exhibition: Josef Svoboda - Robert Wilson, a comparative exhibition of works by two of the twentieth centuries greats of stage design is also showing at the Kampa until 6 February 2011. Also currently on show is Georg Baselitz's "Volk Ding Zero" (Zero Folk Thing). This 3' tall painted bronze casting was created in 2009, about half a ton of bronze went into the seated figure. Deliberately humorous and ambiguous, the figure has classic women's high-heeled shoes, but otherwise appears to be male (and the head is modelled on the artist himself, including the folded-newspaper hat that he wears to keep paint off his head).

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, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg , Austria, and now The 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, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and now The Czech Republic. 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. 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.

Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates the "Curious and Commonplace: European Popular Prints of the 1800s"

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:37 PM PST

artwork: Two Jumping Jacks – Side Show Performers, published by Oehmigke und Riemenschneider, Neu Ruppin, Germany,1880s. Stencil-colored lithograph - 13 3/8 x 16 1/2 inches - Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Alice Newton Osborn, 1961.
Philadelphia, PA -  A magical machine transforms imperfect husbands into ideal spouses. A natural disaster competes with miraculous apparitions and serial murders to astonish the eye.  A two-and-a-half-foot-tall souvenir poster produced in the year of the Eiffel Tower's construction serves as both a game board and a celebration of the world-famous landmark.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art has joined these memorable images with dozens of other prints culled from its vast collection for Curious and Commonplace: European Popular Prints of the 1800s . . On view through August 24, 2008.

Teotihuacan: Mexico's Mysterious Pyramid City Exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:36 PM PST

artwork: A sculpture is on display during the exhibition 'Teotihuacan - Mexico's Mysterious Pyramid City' held at Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin, Germany. More than 450 objects giving a comprehensive insight into the art, everyday life and religion of the Aztec culture.

BERLIN.- The Martin-Gropius-Bau presents the exhibition Teotihuacan – Mexico's Mysterious Pyramid City. More than 450 outstanding objects giving a comprehensive insight into the art, everyday life and religion of this enigmatic culture will be on view in Europe for the first time. They include specimens of monumental architecture, filigree vessels and figures, costly stone carvings, masks, statues of gods and representations of animals as well as examples of highly symbolic murals which have retained their brilliant colours since their creation some 2,000 years ago. Permission has been given for the first (and probably the last) time for the 15 large-format fragments of murals to be sent abroad. Numerous exhibits were only discovered in the latest excavations.  On exhibition until 10 October, 2010.

The Frick Collection opens James Abbott McNeill Whistler ~ Portraits, Pastels, Prints

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:35 PM PST

artwork: James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) - Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean, 1866 - Oil on canvas 31 ¾ x 40 1/8 inches The Frick Collection, New York. - Photo: Michael Bodycomb

NEW YORK, NY.- The Frick Collection presents a focus exhibition dedicated to the colorful and often controversial artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). The Frick's ensemble of four full-length portraits by Whistler will be displayed in the museum's Oval Room alongside his evocative seascape, Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (1866). The presentation will include a Cabinet installation of fifteen pastels and etchings from his Venetian sojourn of 1879–80. These works show Whistler's command of three distinct media and demonstrate his concern for the harmony of form, color, and composition. Whistler's oeuvre clearly had a special appeal for Henry Clay Frick, who acquired more works by this artist than by any other. On exhibition 2 June through 23 August, 2009.

Harvard Museum to Present Modern Dioramas of Our New Natural History

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:33 PM PST

artwork: Amy Stein - Within my work I examine the primal issues of comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world.

CAMBRIDGE, MA.- The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces a new exhibition, opening January 22, 2010, of striking, large-scale color photographs by New York–based visual artist Amy Stein. Domesticated: Modern Dioramas of our New Natural History, explores the tenuous relationship between humans and animals as human civilization increasingly encroaches upon nature. Domesticated: Modern Dioramas of Our New Natural History: Photographs by Amy Stein will be on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History through April 18, 2010.

Kramersky Art Collection on View at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:30 PM PST

artwork: Eva Hesse - Untitled, 1963-1964 - Collage, gouache, watercolor, and black ink on paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm.

SEGOVIA, SPAIN - The term "minimalisms" defines the New York private collection from which the exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente is drawn. The Kramarsky Collection is one of the most prestigious and active in the scene of American contemporary art, concentrating its interest on drawing as an independent artistic language. The collection consists of over 3000 works of art created from the mid-20th century to the present. While known for its strength in Minimalist drawings of the 1960s, the collection additionally features works that constitute Minimalism's contemporary legacy, as well as abstract works that are gesturally expressive in nature and intent.

Delaware Art Museum presents Fifty Works for The First State

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:28 PM PST

artwork: Robert Mangold (born 1937) - Violet/Black Zone Study, 1996 - Acrylic, charcoal, and graphite on three attached sheets of paper. 30 1/4 x 66 7/8 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, 2008. © 2010 Robert Mangold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

WILMINGTON, DE.- The Delaware Art Museum presents Fifty Works for the First State: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, featuring art produced between 1966 and 2003 by 23 artists, on view June 19, 2010 – August 29, 2010. Dorothy and Herbert Vogel assembled one of the world's most outstanding collections of minimal and conceptual art—over 4,000 works. They then teamed up with the National Gallery of Art, with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to launch Fifty Works for Fifty States.

Artist Elliott Arkin’s Highly-Anticipated Mobile Art Laboratory at Half Gallery

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:27 PM PST

artwork: Mister ArtSee Rendering – Credit: Dario Nunez-Ameni - the model will be unveiled Sept.10th, 2009

New York, NYThe Art-Z group, founded by artist Elliott Arkin, announced today the exhibition of a scale-model Mister ArtSee, a vintage ice-cream truck completely transformed into a wondrous mobile arts laboratory that can travel city streets and will host a wide array of engaging projects including installations, sound-pieces, performances, presentations, visual art and videos. The exhibition debuts on September 10th at Half Gallery during the New York Fall art preview and runs through September 17th.

Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:25 PM PST

artwork: The Grateful Dead won't die, in part because their fans - some of whom now work in the White House - won't let them. The band broke up in 1995 when Jerry Garcia, one of the greatest guitarists of his generation succumbed to a lifetime of excess. "Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society" exhibit in New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- The New-York Historical Society presents the first large-scale exhibition of materials from the Grateful Dead Archive. Drawn almost exclusively from the Archive housed at the University of California Santa Cruz, Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society, chronicles the history of the Grateful Dead, its music, and phenomenal longevity through an array of original art and documents related to the band, its members, performances, and productions. Exhibition highlights from the archive include concert and recording posters, album art, large-scale marionettes and other stage props, banners, and vast stores of decorated fan mail. On view through 4 July, 2010.

Louise Bourgeois at Kunsthalle Wien

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:20 PM PST

artwork: Louise Bourgeois - Untitled
VIENNA, AUSTRIA.-Kunsthalle Wien presents Louise Bourgeois - Aller-Retour. Long denied due recognition, Louise Bourgeois became an 'avant-garde superstar' and is today considered 'a great figure of the post modern' (Peter Weiermair), even though fame did not reach the American artist until the second half of her life.

Terry Smith Named 2009 Winner of Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Book Prize

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:18 PM PST

artwork: Terry Smith's book is a comprehensive study of American visual culture, from factory architecture through photography and art to industrial design. It includes chapters on Depression photographers, Life magazine, Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo, and the New York World's Fair of 1939-40.

SANTA FE, NM.- The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum announced that University of Pittsburgh professor Terry Smith is the 2009 winner of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center Book Prize for his 1993 book, Making the Modern: Industry, Art, and Design in America. Smith is the inaugural winner of the prize, awarded every three years to the author of a book on some aspect of American modernism published within the past 25 years. Smith's book was selected from a field that included over 60 titles submitted for consideration.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Summer Exhibition Schedule

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:17 PM PST

artwork: Ed Ruscha - Wall Rockets, 2000 - Oil on canvas - Private Collection Image courtesy of the artist & Gagosian Gallery

Buffalo , NY The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's summer exhibition schedule features four varied exhibitions:   two drawn from the Permanent Collection, which will highlight the Gallery's rich and varied holdings, and two focused on significant contemporary artists represented in the Collection.   Gallery Director Louis Grachos has stated, "This will be a great summer for seeing diverse works of contemporary art at the Albright-Knox.   Artworks from the Collection that are seldom on view or recently acquired will be shown along with many important works on loan to the Gallery in these four provocative installations developed by our curators."

The "CARS" Came !

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:15 PM PST

artwork: "Teahead Scraps" marks Ric Ocasek's first art exhibition in New York and features never before seen drawings that spans the last 30 years. Like the music of his beloved rock band "The Cars", his drawings are unabashedly pop. - Courtesy of Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, NY

BROOKLYN, NY.- "Teahead Scraps" marks Ric Ocasek's first art exhibition in New York and features never before seen drawings selected from a body of work that spans the last 30 years. Like the music of his beloved rock band "The Cars", his drawings are unabashedly pop- and yet unlike his music's super sleek veneer, these works are a bit more raw and unedited, revealing meditative moments of a Zen-like drawing practice. Never intended for public view, these works on paper are fluid and unselfconscious abstractions made with colored pencils, pens, and markers. Ric's spontaneous, rhythmic mark-making is completely musical and explores repetition and patterns with psychedelic colors and sinuous lines.

Photographs of Celebrated Photographer Stephen Wilkes at Steuben Glass

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:14 PM PST

artwork: The Steuben Glass exhibition is comprised of Stephen Wilkes's haunting Ilfochrome prints of the

NEW YORK, NY.- Steuben Glass is hosting an exhibition in the gallery at Steuben's Flagship Store on Madison Avenue of the photographs of celebrated American Photographer Stephen Wilkes. "Ellis Island" is a show comprised of Wilkes' haunting Ilfochrome prints. The work began as an assignment to photograph the "dark side" of Ellis Island that no one sees, and eventually turned into an obsession, several exhibitions, and a book.

Works by Pop Artist, Teacher and Nun, Sister Mary Corita, at Zach Feuer Gallery

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:12 PM PST

artwork: Sister Mary Corita - Enriched Bread, 1965. Serigraph, 75.6 x 92.1 cm. Photo: Courtesy of Zach Feuer Gallery, New YorkSister Mary Corita - Enriched Bread, 1965. Serigraph, 75.6 x 92.1 cm. Photo: Courtesy of Zach Feuer Gallery, New York

NEW YORK, NY.- Zach Feuer Gallery presents an exhibition of work by the Pop artist, teacher and nun, Sister Mary Corita (1918-1986). Drawn to the power of the word, Sister Corita incorporated fragments of text, slogans and signs taken from billboards, street signs, advertising jingles, pop songs, poems, newspapers and magazines into her work. She sampled quotes by Martin Luther King Jr., Rainer Maria Rilke, Phillip Roth and the Psalms. Sister Corita also appropriated images from magazine and newspaper covers of the Viet Cong, the Pope and the Berrigan Brothers burning draft cards as well as the Wonder Bread logo. On view through 5 December, 2009.

Art Knowledge News Presents "This Week In Review"

Posted: 30 Jan 2011 07:11 PM PST

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