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The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has announced that its transmedia department has changed its name to the Film and Media Arts Department. The new name, which took effect on January 1, better reflects the work of faculty and students and the creative and business worlds they occupy.

The new name was recommended by the faculty through a special faculty working group that reviewed the structure of the department and reported to VPA Dean Michael S. Tick.

“This exciting update will dramatically improve awareness among potential students and their families, as well as future employers, who will now have a much better understanding of the creative work being done in the department,” said Ralph Lorenz, Senior Associate Dean of VPA . business and acting chairman of the department. “The new name will allow us to build on the growing reputation of the department. “

The Department of Film and Media Arts offers bachelor’s degree programs in fine arts in fine art photography, computer art and animation, and cinema, as well as a master’s degree in fine arts in fine art photography, computer art and in cinema. Video art courses and study opportunities are also offered within the department, along with minors in animation and visual effects, fine art photography, and computer games. Many disciplines in the department have been ranked nationally, most recently film (Hollywood Reporter, Variety) and animation (Animation Career Review).

Through a combination of rigorous coursework, hands-on learning, and study abroad opportunities, students in the Department of Film and Media Arts are highly qualified in their individual disciplines, ready to meet the demands of the contemporary art and commerce. A strong alumni network helps them succeed in their careers in the film industry as producers, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, animators and special effects designers; in photography with publication of magazines, editorials, fashion and books; as curators in art galleries and contemporary art museums; and as practicing artists.

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Sprüth Magers International Gallery Comes to UES for New York’s First Outpost – Commercial Watcher https://balazogallery.com/spruth-magers-international-gallery-comes-to-ues-for-new-yorks-first-outpost-commercial-watcher/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 21:54:22 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/spruth-magers-international-gallery-comes-to-ues-for-new-yorks-first-outpost-commercial-watcher/

Contemporary art gallery Sprüth Mager will open its first store in New York on the second floor of 22, 80th Street East on the Upper East Side this spring.

Sprüth Magers took 2,244 square feet in the building owned by the management company Kar Fifth Corp., according to Judson CRE, whose Nicolas judson and Wendy mcdonald represented both the owner and the founders of Sprüth Magers, Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers, in the five-year agreement. The rent charged was $ 118 per square foot.

Sprüth Magers, which has outposts in Berlin, London and Los Angeles, closed the Upper East Side deal on December 27, 2021. It will move into the space in the first quarter of 2022 without renovating the property. , according to a spokesperson for Judson CRE.

The gallery works with more than 70 artists and fields and has showcased American visual artists George Condo and abstract painter Lucy dodd. He will join the European Art Gallery Robert Simon Fine Arts to the five story property.

The space was once occupied by Driscoll Babcock Galleries, a 168-year-old institution that closed in 2020 after its owner, John Driscoll, died of COVID-19 in April.

“Former gallery tenant John Driscoll was a master in his field and he will be sorely missed,” Judson said in a statement. “As one of the leading European dealers, Sprüth Magers will be a fitting addition to other notable names in the neighborhood. “

Driscoll’s collection included pottery and once sold a version of three famous paintings by Emanuel Leutze titled “Washington Crossing the Delaware”, depicting George Washington and his troops crossing the River. Delaware River during the American Revolution. It is not known whether the Driscoll Babcock Galleries will reopen in a new location.

You can reach Celia Young at cyoung@commercialobserver.com.

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Jack Vettriano to present previously unseen oil paintings in new exhibition of works https://balazogallery.com/jack-vettriano-to-present-previously-unseen-oil-paintings-in-new-exhibition-of-works/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 18:17:44 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/jack-vettriano-to-present-previously-unseen-oil-paintings-in-new-exhibition-of-works/

Unseen paintings by Jack Vettriano will be featured in an exhibition at the gallery where he sought inspiration as a young artist.

The exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries in Fife will feature 12 oil paintings he produced in his early twenties and thirties, signed with his birth name, Jack Hoggan.

The works, painted before its international success in the 1990s, will be exhibited alongside pieces sold in five and six figures.

This will be the first retrospective of the 70-year-old artist since a major exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow in 2013 and the first to focus on his formative years and early career.

Although widely criticized by critics, Jack Vettriano has sold his paintings for hundreds of thousands of pounds and has an estimated net worth of £ 3.6million. Pictured: Vettriano’s Sweet Bird of Youth, which has been seen before

Vettriano, left school at age 15 to become a mining engineer, but began painting after a girlfriend gave him a box of watercolors for his 21st birthday.  Pictured: Vettriano's The Billy Boys, whose prints sell for hundreds of books

Vettriano, left school at age 15 to become a mining engineer, but began painting after a girlfriend gave him a box of watercolors for his 21st birthday. Pictured: Vettriano’s The Billy Boys, whose prints sell for hundreds of books

Self Portrait, a 2002 painting by Jack Vettriano which will be featured in an exhibition that will include previously unseen works, unlike this one, at the Kirkcaldy Galleries in Fife, where he sought inspiration as a young artist

Self Portrait, a 2002 painting by Jack Vettriano which will be featured in an exhibition that will include previously unseen works, unlike this one, at the Kirkcaldy Galleries in Fife, where he sought inspiration as a young artist

Vettriano, from Fife, left school at age 15 to become a mining engineer, but began painting after a girlfriend gave him a box of watercolors for his 21st birthday.

The artist learned by copying Old Masters, Impressionists and Scottish artists, and was inspired by the works he saw in the Kirkcaldy Galleries, run by the OnFife cultural association.

He said: “I grew up admiring the work of so many great Scottish painters in what was then my local gallery.

Jack Vettriano (pictured) was once called 'no 21st century Van Gogh' but rather 'the Tom Jones of art: tall, bold, brassy and devoid of inner truth'.

Jack Vettriano (pictured) was once called ‘no 21st century Van Gogh’ but rather ‘the Tom Jones of art: tall, bold, brassy and devoid of inner truth’.

Vettriano's most famous painting, The Singing Butler, of a couple dancing on a beach despite an approaching storm, sold for almost £ 750,000 at auction in 2004

Vettriano’s most famous painting, The Singing Butler, of a couple dancing on a beach despite an approaching storm, sold for almost £ 750,000 at auction in 2004

“Kirkcaldy has a superb permanent collection and a free admission policy, so I have to thank the galleries for starting my art education. “

The artist then adopted her mother’s maiden name to mark a break with the work sold under her last name Hoggan.

The new exhibition opens in June and will feature one of two paintings Vettriano presented for the Royal Scottish Academy’s annual exhibition in 1988.

Sculptor David Mach spoke out in favor of Vettriano, saying in The Scotsman:

Sculptor David Mach spoke out in favor of Vettriano, saying in The Scotsman: “If he was a fashion designer, Jack would be up there.” Pictured: Vettriano’s painting Mad Dogs. Images of the 12 previously unseen paintings featured in his exhibition have yet to be released

Mr. Mach added, “This is just art world snobbery.  Either way, whatever, he's probably making more money than Damien Hirst anyway.  Pictured: Vettriano at his home in Battersea, London

Mr. Mach added, “This is just art world snobbery. Either way, whatever, he’s probably making more money than Damien Hirst anyway. Pictured: Vettriano at his home in Battersea, London

Both paintings sold on day one, a turning point that inspired him to become a full-time artist.

Among the 57 private loans will be pieces such as Billy Boys, Valentine Rose and Bluebird in Bonneville, while two works from the OnFife collection, including a self-portrait, will also be featured.

OnFife Curator Alice Pearson said: “This is the first time that Jack has agreed to exhibit painted works simply as a hobby alongside later pieces that have won over sold-out exhibitions in London and At New York.

Painter Jack Vettriano, whose work has been labeled as

Painter Jack Vettriano, whose work has been labeled as “dim erotica” but sells for hundreds of thousands of pounds, criticized the art establishment for snubbing his work

“The exhibit will highlight the diversity of subjects and styles that Jack tackles while learning his craft, giving him the confidence and technical ability to develop his own identifiable style.”

Also included will be Long Time Gone, which takes place against the backdrop of the now demolished Methil Power Station, a once familiar landmark from Fife.

The exhibition, which covers the artist’s career until 2000, was originally scheduled for 2019 but has been postponed twice due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Who is Jack Vettriano and why do critics hate his work?

Despite his immense popularity with the public, Jack Vettriano has often been the recipient of more negative comments from art critics, and has previously been described as “the Jeffrey Archer of the art world”.

Over the years, his work has been described as twee and chauvinistic, with its material more erotically referred to as “pornography.”

However, his work has sold for thousands of dollars and he is considered the most reproduced British artist, making thousands of versions of his paintings. His net worth is estimated at £ 3.6million.

Scottish art historian Duncan Macmillan once said of Vittriano: “He is welcome to paint as long as no one takes him seriously.

Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones said: “Jack Vettriano is not a 21st century Van Gogh. He is the Tom Jones of art: tall, bold, brassy, ​​and devoid of inner truth. ‘

Jones added, “The world of Jack Vettriano is a crass male fantasy that could be straight out of Martin Amis’ Money.”

Sandy Moffat, responsible for drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art, said: “He can’t paint, he only colors”, while Richard Calvocoressi, former director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, said: “I am more than happy to say that we consider him to be an indifferent painter and that he is very low in our priority list (whether or not we can afford his work, which we obviously cannot. for the moment).

“His ‘popularity’ is based on inexpensive commercial reproductions of his paintings.”

Vittriano claimed that Van Gogh and Monet would have been in favor of the sale of reproductions.

Alice Jones wrote in The Independent that in Vettriano’s paintings “women are sex objects, often half-naked and vulnerable, always in stockings and stiletto heels.”

Still, sculptor David Mach spoke out in favor of Vettriano, saying in The Scotsman: “If he was a fashion designer, Jack would be up there.

“It’s just snobbery in the art world. Either way, whatever, he’s probably making more money than Damien Hirst anyway.

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Sabine Weiss Obituary | Photography https://balazogallery.com/sabine-weiss-obituary-photography/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:20:00 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/sabine-weiss-obituary-photography/

Photographer Sabine Weiss, who died at the age of 97, established her considerable reputation within the French “humanist” school of black and white photography, which aimed to capture the universal human experience through images. of daily street life. Images like that of a horse kicking his heel, strapped to a snow-covered wasteland by the Paris flea market at the Porte de Vanves, or of a child illuminated only by a sparkler, are seen on a pedestal. ‘equality with those created by his friends and close to contemporaries Willy Ronis, Brassaï, Izis Bidermanas and Robert Doisneau, the latter of whom introduced him to his photo agency, Rapho, in 1952. However, throughout his long career, Weiss has worked through the medium, notably in advertising, travel and journalism.

She opened her studio on Boulevard Murat in Paris in 1950, facing another Swiss artist living in the city, Alberto Giacometti. Weiss always insisted that she was a craftswoman rather than an artist. First of all because, she says: “From the start, I had to make a living from photography. It was never just about art. However, she showed fine art even in advertising. His images of products such as cognac and perfume explored themes of evanescence and flight: perfume vaporizes from a well; a centaur flees the flames of flaming brandy.

Photograph by Sabine Weiss from 1952, Cheval, taken by the Paris flea market at Porte de Vanves. Photography: Sabine Weiss

Weiss also documented avant-garde creations, many of which became his friends. In music, they included Benjamin Britten, Stan Getz and Igor Stravinsky; in the fine arts, Jean Dubuffet, Fernand Léger, Robert Rauschenberg and Giacometti; the writers F Scott Fitzgerald, André Breton and Françoise Sagan; and actors such as Brigitte Bardot (whom she has photographed in exceptional colors) and Jeanne Moreau.

The Rapho agency has become the perfect outlet for his photojournalism and his personal work; she started out as one of only two women working for them. Her stories have been published in Vogue, Life, Paris Match, and the New York Times magazine, and she was included in the Postwar European Photography (1953) exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She took part in Edward Steichen’s groundbreaking exhibition The Family of Man, which began at MoMA in 1955 and toured for eight years in 38 different countries.

Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot in 1959, a first foray into color for Weiss. Photography: Sabine Weiss

Above all, Weiss loved to photograph children, with whom she had a special relationship, as shown in the books Poussettes, Charrettes et Roulettes (2000), Intimes Convictions (1989) and Des Enfants (2000). Their ability to play fascinates her, a favorite image being Children on Tree. Filmed in 1951, it depicts three boys struggling to balance themselves atop a thin winter tree; a younger boy tries to prop a metal bed against the slender trunk.

Born Sabine Weber in St-Gingolph, Switzerland, she fell in love with photography early on, buying her first Bakelite camera with her pocket money at the age of eight, and “printing” her images by displaying pictures. planks contact with the sun on the windowsill. Her first mentor was her father, a chemical engineer, who gave her, she told me in an interview for the Independent in 1987, “a very practical taste for the subject”, which was “a saving thing because I was always more visual than intellectual ”.

The Weber family moved to Geneva and, at the age of 15, Sabine seized for the first time the opportunity to exchange school for an apprenticeship in photography with François-Frédéric Boissonnas, 80 years old. Boissonnas, whose family had owned a photo studio almost since the invention of the camera, taught him composition and encouraged stylistic experimentation.

People dance while an accordion plays
Dance on a Sunday, Nazaré, Portugal, 1954. Photography: Sabine Weiss

In Geneva, Sabine meets the members of a French Jewish community in exile from Nazism. When the survivors returned to Paris in 1946, she also settled there. A contact introduced her to fashion photographer Willy Maywald, for whom she became a studio assistant: “I worked in unimaginable conditions today – no water or phone – but with him I understood the importance of natural light. Natural light as a source of emotion.

She stayed with him for four years, using his studio to design commercial work and his darkroom to start developing her own work. Fashion gave him access to “all of Paris”, Including the launch in 1947 by Christian Dior of his New Look.

In 1949, she met the American painter Hugh Weiss, who encouraged her to use color. Then, too, his fascination with line and form emerged, both in the visual framing of his images and in the rearrangements that could be achieved afterwards with the application of darkroom processes.

They married in 1950 and adopted a daughter, Marion. Weiss recalled it as a happy, personal and creative time when “a kind of national optimism” overcame the humiliation caused by the German occupation.

That year, she also started working with Armenian-Egyptian-French photographer Alban, traveling between studios in Brussels and Cairo, where the light inspired her to properly start working in color. During this time, she published a mix of reporting and travel reports from around the world in Vogue, Life, Holiday, Time and Picture Post.

During more than 60 additional years of photographic work, Weiss’ international reputation has steadily grown. Over 40 exhibition books and catalogs document his diverse interests, from local theater companies to artist monographs; Parisian markets and fairs for rural musicians; Country Profiles from Bulgaria to Burkina Faso.

A woman picking up a child at a lost and found counter
A 1955 photo of New York City. Weiss’s work included reporting and travel reports from around the world. Photography: Sabine Weiss

In 2017, she donated all of her archives to the Ēlysée Museum in Lausanne. In 2020, she won the Women in Motion photography award from Kering.

When I interviewed her, I met a warm and talkative woman, happy at home in the same studio she had moved into when it was a slum with no electricity or an indoor toilet. Remembering how so poor she was that she traded her portraits for vegetables at the local market, Weiss always looked back with gratitude and affection. She says it’s the people she has known through her photography that appeals to her the most, “whether it’s in the street markets, in famous galleries, or working in Printemps.”

Yet when I asked her why she thought her most reproduced non-commercial image was of the horse breaking free from its tether, she replied, “This one, to me, is a portrait of loneliness. My world, as a photographer, must be devoted to solitude. And that’s how I learned to love solitude like everything else.

Hugh died in 2007. Weiss is survived by Marion.

Sabine Weiss, photographer, born June 23, 1924; passed away on December 28, 2021

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The Stack’s Bowers Galleries December 2021 Hong Kong Collectors Choice auction grosses over $ 10 million https://balazogallery.com/the-stacks-bowers-galleries-december-2021-hong-kong-collectors-choice-auction-grosses-over-10-million/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 11:21:42 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/the-stacks-bowers-galleries-december-2021-hong-kong-collectors-choice-auction-grosses-over-10-million/ The Stack’s Bowers Galleries December 2021 Hong Kong Collectors Choice auction grosses over $ 10 million

Numismatic items that were previously reserved for direct sale at major auctions are making the leap at exclusive internet events. The December 2021 Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale in Hong Kong set the record for the largest exclusive online numismatic auction, achieving more than $ 10 million in total sales.

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As the world moves towards a more digital environment, numismatic items that were previously reserved for live sale at big auctions are crossing the block at exclusive internet events. The December 2021 Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale in Hong Kong set the record for the largest exclusive online numismatic auction, achieving more than $ 10 million in total sales. (All prices include buyer’s charges.)

Leading the way was a Chinese model Silver Tael Restrike rated Specimen-65

by PCGS
which was offered at $ 1,350,000, nearly ten times the company’s previous record online price for a world coin. A total of nine items from December’s Hong Kong auction topped the previous record holder, proving that only online sites can compete with traditional live auctions. A pair of Empire Dollars specimens from 1906 have both been pedigree for a Lester Merkin sale. One was graded MS-64 + and sold for $ 1,260,000 while the other, graded MS-64 fetched $ 960,000. A rare Big Beard commemorative silver motif from the Suchow Mint sold for $ 780,000, well above its estimate of $ 75,000 to $ 125,000. This figure represents the highest price on record for an individual Chinese coin in an NGC holder.

Other areas of Asian numismatics have seen sustained high prices. A Tibetan Srang from CD 1 (1909), the finest example noted by PCGS, brought in $ 44,400. An 1863 2 Baht from Thailand exceeded his estimate by fetching $ 2,400, an unimaginable price for an example released 18 months ago. Similar trends continued with French Indochina, as a Piastre close to Gem 1922-H brought in $ 2,400. A bronze test strike from the First Opium War in 1842 was estimated at $ 19,200, well above the estimate of $ 3,000 to $ 5,000. After years of stagnation, the December 2021 Hong Kong auction confirmed that the upward movement in the Japanese market seen in 2021 was more than a one-time sale phenomenon, as an Ultra-Gem Year 45 Yen s’ is sold for $ 5,760, nearly double the high estimate of $ 3,000.

Among world paper money, the highlight of the sale was lot 50250, a China Empire P-Unlisted 2 Kuan banknote from the Yuan Dynasty (1264-1341) in a PMG Fine 12 Net Restoration grade, which made 60,000 $. Other highlights include a China Empire P-A7b 50,000 Cash from the Ch’ing Dynasty in a PMG Extremely Fine 40 grade that grossed $ 19,200, and a Malaya and British Borneo P-2a, 1953 5 Dollars in a PMG Very Fine 20 EPQ grade which sold for $ 6,600. An uncut pair of People’s Bank of China 100 yuan commemorative banknotes (P-902a) in PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated 69 EPQ grade was offered for $ 5,760. An elusive Mongolian commercial and industrial bank 100 Tugrik 1925 P-13 in a PMG Very Fine 25 grade made $ 5,520. A 1914 P-35s 10 Yuan Republic of China specimen in a PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ grade fetched $ 12,000. The price of $ 21,600 for lot 50118, a set of ascending serial numbers of (5) Macau P-80a to 84a 2005 (ND 2006) banknotes, with ratings ranging from Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ to Superb Gem Unc 68 EPQ was also remarkable. A P-815b 10 Yuan from the People’s Republic of China in a PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ grade brought in $ 5,280, and a China Hupeh Provincial Bank P-S2090 1 Yuan in a PCGS Banknote Very Fine 30 grade sold for $ 8,400 .

Prices from the Hong Kong Collectors Choice December auction totaled over $ 10,000,000 between coins and paper money, well over double the high estimate for all lots of $ 4,380,225. World coins had a sale rate of 97.9% for the more than 1,500 lots offered. The sale closed a record year for Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Global and Ancient Coins department, pushing final sales numbers above the $ 100 million mark for 2021.

The firm is now focusing its attention on 2022, anticipating a solid performance at the official NYINC auction where many rarities will be offered. Submissions are currently accepted for the April 2022 Hong Kong auctions as well as the Collectors Choice online auction, the next of which is scheduled for February 2022. Anyone interested in sending world coins and paper money to the galleries Stack’s Bowers is encouraged to call 800- 458-4646, email consign@stacksbowers.com or visit StacksBowers.com.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialty auctions of rare US and World coins and coins, and antique coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 85-year heritage includes cataloging and selling many of the most valuable collections of US coins and currencies to ever cross an auction block – the D. Brent Pogue Collection, the John J. Ford, Jr., the Louis E Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection – for n ‘ to name a few. Global Coin and Currency Collections include the Pinnacle Collection, Louis E. Eliasberg Collection, Senior Global Gold Coin Collection, Kroisos Collection, Alicia & Sidney Belzberg Collection, Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law collection.

The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the official auctioneer for several major numismatic conventions, including the events of the American Numismatic Association, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its auctions. April and August in Hong Kong.

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialty auctions of rare US and World coins and coins, and antique coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year heritage includes cataloging and selling many of the most valuable collections of US coins and currencies to ever cross an auction block – the D. Brent Pogue Collection, the John J. Ford, Jr., the Louis E Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection – for n ‘ to name a few. The global coin and currency collections include the Louis E. Eliasberg Collection, the Senior Global Gold Coin Collection, the Kroisos Collection, the Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, the Wa She Wong Collection, the Guia Collection, the Thos collection. H. Law Collection and Robert O. Ebert Collection.

To top off this amazing numismatic history there is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar grade Specimen-66 (PCGS) which achieved over 10 million dollars, part of their sale of the famous Cardinal collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the official auctioneer for several major numismatic conventions, including the events of the American Numismatic Association, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its auctions. April and August in Hong Kong.

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More magic! Shanghai’s shopping malls go far beyond shopping https://balazogallery.com/more-magic-shanghais-shopping-malls-go-far-beyond-shopping/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 11:47:00 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/more-magic-shanghais-shopping-malls-go-far-beyond-shopping/

Famous as a world-class consumer center, Shanghai is also a pioneer in innovating shopping designs and services. In today’s world, the consumer experience has turned into a pleasure-seeking journey, and malls have turned into laboratories to create happy surprises.

It’s not just shops anymore, but special offers such as gigantic space for multiple functions, artistic architecture and even exclusive styles for a selected group of people.

Especially in 2021, Shanghai has seen a wave of new business benchmarks unveiled to consumers with staggering popularity, contributing to Shanghai’s goal of reaching 1.8 trillion yuan ($ 283 billion) in consumer goods retail sales. every year by 2023.

Let’s take a look at these trendy malls that dot the city and whose impact goes beyond shopping.

Artistic: Tian An 1000 trees

The iconic project “Tian An 1000 Trees” caught the attention of the general public because of its unconventional appearance.

There will be up to 1000 pillars topped with a tree, giving the structure the appearance of a hill. It is thus nicknamed the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” in Shanghai.

The initial phase of the project opened on December 22 with a grand lighting ceremony. All the hanging trees were illuminated, creating a fantasy land along Suzhou Creek.

The structure along the Moganshan and Changhua roads in the Putuo district was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the British architect who originally paved the United Kingdom at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The inspiration for the design came from the Yellow Mountain in China. Two phases of the project look like two peaks, while trees and plants make it look like mountain cliffs.

Artists were also invited to display their works or create paintings and art installations inside the mall. A number of art galleries will open in the complex to work in concert with the nearby M50 art hub.

Construction has started on the second phase which will be a taller structure with hanging gardens along the creek. It will open as a boutique hotel and office building in two years.

The riparian region was the former site of China’s first private flour factory – the largest and most modern of its kind in East Asia when it opened in 1900.

Four buildings belonging to the Fufeng Flour Factory, which became the Shanghai Flour Factory in the 1960s, have been preserved and incorporated into the new complex.

Address: 600 Moganshan Road, Putuo District

Mammoth: the room of the sun

The Hall of the Sun, one of the largest shopping complexes in Shanghai, opened near the North Bund in the Hongkou District, enriching the thriving commercial atmosphere of the waterfront.

The Shui On Land project is expected to become a landmark of the northern Bund, an area designated as the city’s future core business area along the Huangpu River.

The project connects with the Hall of the Moon which is already open and active in Ruihong Tiandi. The pair will become a new “city life hotspot” covering a total of 250,000 square meters in the north of the city center.

With the new project, the North Bund’s waterfront will become a business and commercial hub alongside shopping sites such as the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall and Huaihai Road.

The recently launched Hall of the Sun project primarily serves the large number of residents of Ruihong Xincheng community, one of the largest urban renewal projects in the city’s inner ring road. The space around Hongzhen Old Street, once Shanghai’s largest slum, is now an upscale community.

The resort has outdoor terraces covering some 4000 square meters of greenery on several levels. Its dome covers 5,500 square meters in the shape of three lotus leaves and is the largest celestial dome of all local shopping malls.

Over 150 species of shrubs and trees cover the project indoors and outdoors, as well as streams, waterfalls and walkways. New business models have been unveiled outside of shopping and dining.

Foodie Social, a food court mixing Chinese and Western flavors, has attracted many local customers.

Address: 181 Ruihong Road, Hongkou District

Cute: Songjiang INCITY

Songjiang INCITY opened in November as a real-world Pokémon wonderland.

Literally a Pokemon themed mall, the elements of the game can be seen everywhere.

Greeting hello, smiling adorably, a 10-meter-tall Pikachu greets guests atop the rooftop of the fourth floor. And Mew, a psychic-type pink Pokémon, floats in front of the door with its long tail twirling around a pillar.

As you enter, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and other Pokémon greet you with smiling faces as the elevators go up and down.

In the center of the stage, a life-size claw machine allows guests to play claws and obtain Pokémon balls. There’s also a Pokémon-themed bus that takes guests to the world of Pokémon.

Pokémon is not the only strong point.

The shopping center also includes a 6,500 square meter park equipped with swings, trampolines, mazes and other interactive areas, as well as a 1,350 square meter professional skateboard park.

More than 220 stores offer retail, dining and entertainment, 15 of which are making their debut in mainland China, such as DOOITT HOME.

Address: 1788 Guangfulin Road, Songjiang District

Insomnia: one is

Among a range of dazzling malls opened this year, One East at the South Bund is dedicated to fueling the city’s nightlife economy.

Unlike other malls, which usually close around 10 p.m., One East extends its opening hours until 5 a.m. the next day, with mostly nightclubs – living up to Shanghai’s nickname as the city that doesn’t. never sleeps.

In the All Day Garden is the first Chinese branch of the world’s best hip-hop club 1 OAK, the first Shanghai location of the well-established China House of Music, the first billiard-themed INARI CLUB in Shanghai. , and a new take on China’s Best Nightclub SPACE PLUS.

The All Day Garden is literally a garden that is open all day. The outdoor garden connects the daytime retail shops and the mall’s nightlife entertainment area. Indeed, the tenants of the mall can choose to close the doors at 10 p.m., or at 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. the next day, to meet different demands, including the nightlife of Generation Z.

Address: 788 Zhongshan Road S1, Huangpu District

High-tech: AI Plaza

AI Plaza, the West Bund’s first major commercial project in Shanghai, opened to the public in December

The project would be China’s first shopping mall surrounded by a wide swath of art galleries and museums.

It will primarily serve employees of high-tech companies, residents and visitors to the famous Huangpu River waterfront, offsetting the long-term shortage of commercial facilities on the Western Bund.

Covering 75,000 square meters, the eight-story square stands amid more than 20 art galleries, exhibition halls, theaters and libraries on the waterfront, which aims to become “the largest arts area in Asia”.

The project involves art and the latest smart apps developed by leading artificial intelligence companies based in the nearby Shanghai AI Tower, a key site for the city’s ambition to become a global “AI Highland”.

The waterfront area of ​​Xuhui District, with an 11.4-kilometer shoreline along the Huangpu River, reflects the city’s early industrial heritage, once including a coal wharf, a cement factory, several giant fuel tanks, and a hangar. to planes.

They have been converted into popular cultural venues such as the Long Museum, West Bund Art Center, and Tank Shanghai Art Park. Almost 100 cultural events and exhibitions are organized there each year.

Address: 710 Yunjin Road, Xuhui District

Open: Taikoo Li Qiantan

Taikoo Li Qiantan, a 120,000 square meter shopping complex jointly developed by Swire Properties and Shanghai Lujiazui Group, was officially opened in September in the booming Qiantan district of Pudong.

With some 250 high-end boutiques on five floors and some fifty brands making their debut in Pudong, the first “Taikoo Li” project in Shanghai and the third in the country adopted an open-plan architectural layout with quirky lanes, typical of the Taikoo Brand. Li.

Notably, a naturalistic design concept has been adopted by the wellness themed project which features a diverse mix of luxury and contemporary fashion brands, lifestyle brands and the first Oasi Zegna garden on mainland China. ; Boucheron Jardin d’Hiver – a first in Shanghai presented by Boucheron; The Starbucks Greener Store Lab, a world first; and the first AVENUE & SON store on the Chinese mainland with a skatepark.

Other special stores and highlights include Moncler’s largest House of Genius store in mainland China, CASA LOEWE Shanghai, first MOViE MOViE culture and lifestyle concept cinema in mainland China, 3,000 square meter flagship store of Tsutaya Books on the roof, Japanese The first running station for professional sports brand ASICS on mainland China, and the 450-meter Sky Loop surrounding the roof of the complex, which is the first running track digitized by the Shanghai AI in a shopping mall.

Address: 500 Dongyu Road, Pudong New Area

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]]> Sacramento art icon, Wayne Thiebaud dies at 101 https://balazogallery.com/sacramento-art-icon-wayne-thiebaud-dies-at-101/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 21:12:00 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/sacramento-art-icon-wayne-thiebaud-dies-at-101/ Californian painter Wayne Thiebaud died at the age of 101 on Saturday in his Sacramento home.

SACRAMENTO, Calif .– California painter Wayne Thiebaud died at the age of 101 on Saturday in his Sacramento home.

His Acquavella gallery confirmed the artist’s death with an Instagram post.

“An American icon, Wayne has led his life with passion and determination, inspired by his love for teaching, tennis and most of all, making art,” Acquavella Galleries wrote in the post. “Even at 101, he still spent most of his days in the studio, driven by, as he described it with his characteristic humility, ‘that almost neurotic fixation of trying to learn to paint.'”

Thiebaud is known for using bright colors and painting everyday objects, such as pies, cakes and gumballs.

“Rather than painting from life, Thiebaud represented these objects from memory, drawing on nostalgic memories of bakeries and diners from his youth and contemporary commercial imagery,” according to Acquavella Galleries.

The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento celebrated its 100th anniversary last year with an exhibition of his paintings, prints and drawings. The exhibition was open from October 16, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted on the death of Thiebaud.

“Wayne Thiebaud was not only a brilliant artist but a wonderful man who remained devoted to Sacramento and its surrounding landscapes despite the lure of fame and fortune”, Steinburg wrote. “It was a life well lived. He will be missed.”

See a slideshow of his various works on the Acquavella website.

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‘The leave was unnecessary,’ says Scottish Gallery Managing Director https://balazogallery.com/the-leave-was-unnecessary-says-scottish-gallery-managing-director/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 11:26:00 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/the-leave-was-unnecessary-says-scottish-gallery-managing-director/

Scotland’s arts and culture sector has been somewhat forgotten during the pandemic, as hospitality and retail increasingly struggle against ever-changing restrictions on business.

However, as a study conducted in October by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions and the Moffat Center for Travel and Tourism Development at the University of Caledonian Glasgow found, survival, rather than recovery, is the current priority for many.

Less than half of the area (48.1%) is currently fully open and more than one in 10 attractions remain closed. An additional 40.9% are operating with reduced hours or limited facilities due to the impacts of the coronavirus crisis and Brexit.

Insider spoke to Christina Jansen, Managing Director of The Scottish Gallery – the UK’s oldest private gallery – about her survival strategies over the past two years and her plans for a hopefully better future; affirming the importance of art in keeping people’s morale up during difficult times.

After working for the Crafts Council, V&A, Tate and Christie’s in London, as well as a postgraduate degree in Decorative Arts at the University of Glasgow, she joined the gallery in 1997.

This interview was conducted a week before the latest round of restrictions to go into effect on Boxing Day.

So the first obvious question seems to be how are you and the gallery doing right now?

Omicron has slammed everyone’s psychology as we move into another seemingly joyless Christmas – during the pandemic people have come here to escape.

We had to get all the staff out to be reinforced, taking into account those who might have the wrong answer, so we face the same issues as all other companies in terms of staff.

When the pandemic first hit, we had to close our doors for the first time in all of these years, so we looked back and wondered what had been done before in times of crisis.

Our goal was not to turn our backs on artists, so we tried to use technology to our advantage, we got creative and found that we were very heartwarming to many.

The gallery has yet to offer this escape, because art is a fantastic human endeavor. Moving forward is not going to be easy, we are in an emerging situation, so it is a question of balancing everything.

Of course, technology does not replace reality, it is often very cold, so it was about creating a channel between the real gallery and people far away.

We have met the artists at events, virtual tours with them, and we continue to create great publications. Beyond that, we have social media – Instagram is like the Wild West, but is great for engagement.

What government support did the gallery have access to to survive?

In fact, there was very little support, we got a small grant to start with, but it would have lasted about two weeks if there was nothing in the bank – you don’t want to spend capital unnecessarily.

We are able to generate income online so we are not receiving any help at this time but I feel more for the hospitality right now – it must be horrible.

We are a truly independent company, we do not receive donations.

The leave was unnecessary for us, because it prevented us from carrying out projects – you have to be here to receive the work of the artists, so we were here one at a time.

It has been an extreme form of team building, developing a core of people to work with. But we got everyone back from leave pretty quickly.

What adaptation mechanisms were then put in place?

We’ve been incredibly strict with the rules – the place is very clean, we wear N95 masks and so on.

The artists wanted to help and get involved, and in the end we were more afraid of doing nothing than doing things and making mistakes – I mean some of our artists haven’t even owned a smartphone before. , so it’s been a learning curve.

When we reopened, we were one of the first destinations a lot of people came to. The formula keeps changing.

We are aware that if Omicron is as highly infectious as it sounds, then we will inevitably be shut down. We pray that we are all well enough to be here.

We have had private timed and paid views for the past two weeks. They are quite short and safe, but also very social and well received.

The blocks have been very disheartening, but as a business you need to put your feelings aside and focus on what can be done. We have a good toolkit, but that doesn’t guarantee you success.

We couldn’t wait to reopen in May, but that’s a shame, you have to park the anxieties and get on with it – basically it’s important to interact with people.

You’ve stood up for female artists, with an emphasis on Scottish talent – the upcoming exhibition calendar features a 50:50 split of women versus men, which remains an unusual ratio in the world of visual arts dominated by men. Is it a conscious decision or just a reflection of the diversity of talents?

The National Galleries informed us about this because we didn’t know our company was special in terms of gender – accidentally it seems we’re pretty progressive.

It’s about talent, we’re a commercial enterprise, women don’t want to be in ladies-only shows, they want to be among their peers, so it’s just a matter of catching up with the market.

We are not aware of this, the Scottish art world is quite small and we are fortunate to have a fantastic art school system.

We’re basically just another small business, but we’ve done some pretty amazing things.

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“B Together” – Boston’s New Vaccination Mandate | Small https://balazogallery.com/b-together-bostons-new-vaccination-mandate-small/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 20:59:27 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/b-together-bostons-new-vaccination-mandate-small/

On December 20, 2021, the City of Boston announced a new vaccination mandate, the “Temporary Order Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Indoor Entertainment, Recreation, Dining, and Fitness Venues. the City of Boston ”(the“ Order ”), or, as City Hall calls it,“ B Together ”. Unlike the recent New York City mandate, the Boston mandate does not apply to all employers. Instead, the ordinance applies to any entity that operates a “covered location,” which means:

  • Indoor parts of catering establishments offering food and drink, such as restaurants and bars, excluding establishments offering food or drink for off-premises or outside consumption.
  • Indoor entertainment, leisure and event venues, such as cinemas, concert or music venues, commercial event venues, party venues, museums and galleries, sports arenas and stadiums covered, convention centers, exhibition halls, theaters, bowling alleys and ‘other leisure centers.
  • Indoor gymnasiums and fitness facilities, such as commercial gymnasiums, fitness studios, yoga / pilates / barre / dance studios, boxing gymnasiums, training camps, indoor swimming pools and other facilities used to organize group fitness classes.

The Order covers not only clients, but also full and part-time employees, interns, volunteers and contractors on site. That is, in order for employees to be able to work on site, they must be vaccinated according to this schedule:

  • January 15, 2022: Must show proof of at least one dose of vaccination.
  • February 15, 2022: Must present evidence of either one dose of a single dose series or two doses of a two dose series.

Proof of vaccination means (1) a CDC COVID-19 vaccination registration card; (2) a digital image of a CDC card; (3) any other official vaccination record from the place where the vaccine was administered; (4) a digital image of the official vaccination record; (5) a letter, digital image or report from a healthcare provider, pharmacy or vaccination site establishing proof of vaccination against COVID-19; or (6) a smartphone app approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the City of Boston (such as Clear Health Pass, Common Pass, Key to NYC, VaxYes, IATA Travel Pass, and Excelsior Pass). The vaccination mandate does not currently require booster shots.

Covered entities must also display a sign at the entrance. It is available here for download in many languages.

There are a number of issues that are not addressed in the Order in Council. In particular, it does not deal with religious or medical accommodations for employees. In the FAQs posted on the City’s website, however, businesses are encouraged to consider reasonable accommodations for “clients” who state that they cannot be medically vaccinated, unless it constitutes a direct threat to the safety of other customers and employees or imposes hardship. In addition, the requirement to confirm the vaccination status of “on-site contractors” excludes “persons entering for a quick and limited purpose”, but the meaning of this exclusion is unclear.

Once the by-law comes into effect in January, city inspectors will verify compliance. The first offenders will receive a warning. For a second offense, the Boston Public Health Commission may impose fines of up to $ 300 per offense, or the employer may face “further enforcement action.” Although called a “temporary order”, it remains in effect until it is canceled.

Employers are also reminded that the Boston mask mandate remains in effect.

Employers who operate Covered Entities in Boston should take steps to ensure they are in compliance with this Order and consult with legal counsel if necessary. Compliance with the Boston ordinance does not relieve an employer of its obligation to comply with more stringent legal standards that may apply, such as parts of the Federal OSHA ETS.

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Provincetown artists and art galleries starting the week of December 23 https://balazogallery.com/provincetown-artists-and-art-galleries-starting-the-week-of-december-23/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 10:40:24 +0000 https://balazogallery.com/provincetown-artists-and-art-galleries-starting-the-week-of-december-23/

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to local and national public safety advisories regarding the COVID-19 virus, please check with the sites directly for the latest information on precautions.

OPENINGS AND EVENTS

EXHIBITIONS

Exhibition at the Berta Walker gallery: noon to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Berta Walker Gallery, 208 Bradford St., Provincetown. For information: https://bertawalkergallery.com. Visitors can also make an appointment by calling 508-487-6411.

Boutique Galerie Bowersock: Bowersock Gallery, 373 Commercial St., Provincetown. For information: https://bowersockgallery.com. The Bowersock Gallery has announced new works by artists Sydney Bella Sparrow and Kevin Kusiolek. The gallery also announced its featured artist, Stanka Kordic, and featured sculptor John Brickels. The gallery store can be viewed in person or online.

A new exhibition of prints from Provincetown: until January 1, Fine Arts Work Center, 24 Pearl St., Provincetown. For information: https://fawc.org/events/a-new-provincetown-print-exhibition. Presented in collaboration with the Provincetown Arts Society, this exhibit celebrates the tradition of printmaking in Provincetown and features a sale of limited edition prints by 17 artists. Profits support the Provincetown Arts Society and the Fine Arts Work Center.

Art exhibition “Lost and Found: Time, Tide, and Treasures”: until January 2, Cape Code Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis. For information: 508-385-4477. The exhibition is based on a book of the same name by Amy Heller and Gail Browne featuring works by Judy Berkowitz, Betty Bodian, Varujan Boghosian and Paul Bowen.

“Duet: recent work by Mary Giammarino and Pete Hocking”: until January 3, Four Eleven Gallery, 411 Commercial St., Provincetown. For information: https://www.fourelevengallery.com. Both painters and accomplished teachers, the works of Giammarino and Hocking express a devoted love for Cape Cod and, together, their paintings harmonize to create a broad sense of belonging. Duet is designed to showcase the strengths and uniqueness of the two artists while creating an immersive experience for visitors to the show.

'Birds, Beasts and Beach Litter': Ben Achtenberg's wildlife photography is on display in the Wellfleet Preservation Room until January 5.  In the photo, two deer.

“Birds, animals and beach waste”: Animal photography by Ben Achtenberg: until January 5, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street. For more information: 508-349-1800. The show focuses on the wildlife that is found all around Cape Cod. In addition to Achtenberg’s own photographs, the images include “selfies” taken by deer, coyotes and other animals on motion-activated cameras set up in the photographer’s backyard in Wellfleet. The show also chronicles some of the wildlife encounters the photographer and his wife, Emily, experienced in the American West.