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Native American art at home in London

London is a city of firstsso its no surprise to see a new gallery open in the capital dedicated to both contemporary indigenous North American and European art. And there's another noteworthy aspect: The Baldwin Gallery, located in Blackheath, is based in a house owned by the gallery founder and creative director, Dennison Smith. Smith was inspired by living with the Navajo tribe and their understanding of art as who you are, where you live, and not as mere commodity; this lead her to use her elegant home, located in Londons Blackheath, as the gallerys main location, a press statement says. The launch show, Mobile Forms: Parisian Abstraction to Amerindian Pop (until 4 December), pairs Alexandra Roussopouloss curvilinear canvases and skin-like geometric pieces with sculptures and lithographs by experimental Kwakwaka'wakw, Heiltsuk and Haida artists from the Canadian Pacific Coast. Shows scheduled for 2017 include Art is Home: The Sublunary World, featuring works by UK artist T..

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Alphonse Mucha’s grandson sues Prague to stop Asian tour of Slav Epic

A major legal battle looms over Alphonse Muchas monumental Slav Epic. The gigantic canvas cycle, which took the Czech-born Art Nouveau pioneer 18 years to complete, is due to go on a controversial tour to Asia, which has alarmed Muchas descendants and some conservators.
The Slav Epic depicts key events in the history of the Slavic people through 20 large paintingssome more than eight-metres tall. It is a rare work on canvas by Mucha (1860-1939) who is best known for his advertising posters and designs that became synonymous with Belle Epoque Paris. Mucha, along with Charles Crane, the US philanthropist who funded the work, presented the Slav Epic as a gift to the city of Prague in 1928, the tenth anniversary of Czechoslovakias independence. But the donation came with the condition that the city build a space for the cycle to be exhibited permanently. Almost 100 years on, a gallery has yet to be constructed.
Now, the city of Prague wants to send the Slav Epic to museums in Asia for a tw..

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Top social-media jobs in the art world come with six-figure salary

Looking for a job in museum communications? Then brush up on your Instagram and Twitter skills. A recent advert for a social media manager at the Smithsonians new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, DC, offers a salary ranging from $92,145 to $119,794a testament to the essential role digital posts now play in museums.
Social media jobs are some of the most exciting and influential non-curator jobs, says Sree Sreenivasan, the former chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (A spokeswoman for NMAAHC says the advertised role is a promotion for a person currently working at the museum, which it must post publicly for policy reasons.)
A recent ad for the new communications director post at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London specified that candidates make best use of existing and emerging social media channels. The estimated salary for the role is 100,000around double that of a senior curator at the museums planne..

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Ancient Nimrud ziggurat bulldozed by Isil

One of the tallest surviving structures from the ancient world has been totally destroyed by Isil extremists at Nimrud, the former capital of Assyria, which was captured by Iraqi government forces on 13 November. The ziggurat, which was nearly 2,900 years old, was obliterated. Only the largest Egyptian pyramids are higher than Middle Eastern ziggurats and central American step pyramids.
The Nimrud ziggurat was apparently bulldozed and pushed into the ancient bed of the Tigris river, says John Curtis, the president of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq. He received the news in early September from Iraqi sources, but was asked to keep it confidential. In the past few days, satellite photographs have confirmed the destruction.
The ziggurat was a conical-shaped manmade hill built by the king of Assyria, Ashurnasirpal II (883-859BC), as a base for a temple, which was destroyed long ago. In modern times it rose nearly 50m high, although it was originally even taller, perhaps even tw..

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Louvre Abu Dhabi announces Jenny Holzer and Giuseppe Penone commissions as institution edges closer to opening date

Major permanent installations by the US artist Jenny Holzer and the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone will go on show next year in the Louvre Abu Dhabi as part of the museums contemporary art commissions programme. Holzer will unveil three stone walls inscribed with ancient text, while Penones four-part installation includes a vast bronze tree.
The new museum is due to open in 2017 on Saadiyat Island according to the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, which is developing the new museum and culture quarter. The long-awaited launch of the new institution, the result of an intergovernmental agreement between Abu Dhabi and France signed in 2007, comes after years of delays.
A museum spokeswoman says: We expect to announce the official opening date soon. Construction is in its final stages, and once handed over, the building will then enter the important preparation phase that includes testing, art installation and development of the visitor experience.
The new works will be displayed..

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