Saturday, April 30, 2011

MEDIA NEWS: National Gallery of Art Acquires Kerry James Marshall "Great America" Painting

Kerry James Marshall, Great America, 1994, acrylic and collage on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art recently made possible the acquisition of Great America (1994) by Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955)?the Gallery�s first painting by the mid-career African American artist. The work will be on view beginning May 1 in the East Building's Concourse galleries.

"This year, the Collectors Committee's brought the Gallery a powerful painting by Kerry James Marshall," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "We are very grateful to the Collectors Committee, which enables the Gallery to continually enhance its holdings of contemporary art."

A devoted student of the human figure and the history of art, especially the genres of portraiture and narrative, Marshall draws upon the experience of African Americans like himself to create imposing, contemporary history paintings.

Marshall's mature career can be dated to 1980, when, inspired by the opening lines of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, he developed his signature motif of a dark, near-silhouetted figure in A Portrait of the Artist as His Former Self. Refusing both negative and positive stereotypes of black people, Marshall's figures of "extreme blackness" operate, he explains, "right on the borderline," forcing the viewer to find nuance and articulation within only apparently black forms. This strategy has been influential for younger artists, including Kara Walker and Glenn Ligon.

Great America is contemporaneous with Marshall's well-known Garden Project (1994-1995), a series of paintings based on housing projects with "gardens" in their names, such as Nickerson Gardens in Watts, where he grew up. In those works, Marshall sought to convey the dignity and complexity of lives set within difficult circumstances. In this work, he re-imagines a boat ride into the haunted tunnel of an amusement park as the Middle Passage of slaves from Africa to the New World. What might in other hands be a work of heavy political irony becomes instead a delicate interweaving of the histories of painting and race. The  painting, which is stretched directly onto the wall, creates a screen or backdrop onto which viewers project their own associations triggered by the diaphanous yet powerful imagery.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, Kerry James Marshall grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Otis Art Institute. After spending time as a fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem, he moved to Chicago in 1987, where he still lives and works.

Snake River Birds of Prey Festival

Southwest Idaho is a region filled with adventures and one-of-a-kind experiences for travelers. From May 13 to 15 the 3rd Annual Snake River Birds of Prey Festival will provide the unique opportunity to learn about the region�s dense populations of birds of prey through field trips, lectures, tours, exhibits, guest speakers, demonstrations, and interactive activities. 
Festival headquarters will be Reed Elementary School in Kuna, Idaho, about 20 miles south of Boise.
Festival event highlights include float and paddle trips along part of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, wildlife photography lectures, falconry demonstrations, raptor banding, interactive field lectures to see burrowing owl and Golden Eagle nesting areas, a historic tour of Southwest Idaho, and a barbeque banquet with keynote speaker Leon Powers. 
Families with younger children will particularly enjoy a movie night with live raptors, numerous educational booths, crafts and origami, special children�s activities and projects, and a youth art contest. Many lectures will include live animals and demonstrations, offering the chance to experience birds of prey up close.
Festival fee is $5 per family, $3 per individual, and free for children under 12 with a paying adult. Individual events may have additional fees.
Nearby, Boise is home to the World Center for Birds of Prtey. Year round visitors can learn about birds of prey from the area and around the world. Educational programs, behind the scenes tours, and volunteer opportunities are available. Birds of prey include falcons, eagles, hawks, condors, and owls.
For more information about top events in Idaho take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Idaho
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CHICAGO: Theaster Gates / "An Epitaph For Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures" / Kavi Gupta Gallery / April 30 - July 2, 2011

Theaster Gates, Installation Views of "An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures", 2011
 An Epitaph for Civil Rights And Other Domesticated Structures

On May 3, 1963, Commissioner for Public Safety, �Bull� Connor, ordered the police and fire departments of Birmingham, Alabama to haze demonstrators who participated in the Southern Christian Leadership Council�s Birmingham campaign. Those potent images are always with me through relatives and friends who were there and others who have publicly remembered this moment in American history. The articulated needs of the Black poor and marginalized rallied thousands from around the country and the entire world turned to this catalytic moment. For days, fire hoses and canines were used to intimidate demonstrators. People from all over the country wanted to fight for the needs of America�s wrongly served. This event led to immediate shifts in the American South and created opportunity for Black people to integrate. Affirmative action grew; we could shit from the same toilet, we could begin to live where we wanted and demand a higher wage. The student sit-ins and peaceful protests were transformative for all of this country. Some of us are slightly better while others are a great deal better, but over the last six decades, things are still far from equal. 

The question then is one of political potency. How do we think of the history of Black political engagement that required acts of unrestrained heroism and life-threatening engagement? What is the state of Civil Rights, especially now that there are splinters of class-based need, new marginalized groups, and the ever present belief that things are better for all because of the election of 2008?

An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures (2011) offers a descent into my mourning. It is a chance to acknowledge the potent symbols of democracy and degradation and also ask the question, �Is our political structure as tidy as the fine China that we use to serve or the galvanized, sterile appliances that civil rights has given us access to?� My descent implicates me as an aesthete who seeks a glorious retelling of the most important American narrative shy of the Slave Trade. I offer the materials of the Black South Side or �the forgotten city� as an Epitaph for Civil Rights, in hopes of a historical and political redemption; redemption, even for me. 

-Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates was born in 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. He lives and works in Chicago, IL. Recent museum exhibitions include Milwaukee Art Museum (To Speculate Darkly), Rubin Museum of Art,  New York, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Whitney Biennial 2010 (Cosmology of the Yard) Whitney Museum of American Art. Upcoming museum exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Seattle Art Museum, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., The Smart Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Profile Vega Darwanthy : Foto - Biography

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Real Name : Vega Darwanthy
Popular Name : Vega Ngatini
Birth Date : Maret 12, 1986
Birth Place : Jakarta, Indonesia
Occupation : Presenter (Host)
Religion : Islam
Education : Akademi IJTI Jakarta
Parents : Bambang Sudarmanto and R.A. Dian Arunda Dewanty
Star Sign : Pisces

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CHICAGO: Art Collector Dan Parker selling works from his collection April 29 - May 1, 2011

Madonna-Broken (Maxi Promo Remixes)

Maxi Promo Single

1.Broken (Original Version)
2.Broken (Demo Acaustic Version)
3.Broken (Algiux's Remixed vs.Allesio Silvestro Remix)
4.Broken (DJ Dhaniel Fan Madomaniac Private Remix Pt.II)
5.Broken (Algiux's Remixed It's Gonna Celebration Mix)

Madonna-Broken (Maxi Promo Remixes)

Maxi Promo Single

1.Broken (Original Version)
2.Broken (Demo Acaustic Version)
3.Broken (Algiux's Remixed vs.Allesio Silvestro Remix)
4.Broken (DJ Dhaniel Fan Madomaniac Private Remix Pt.II)
5.Broken (Algiux's Remixed It's Gonna Celebration Mix)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

El Reno Fried Onion Burger Festival

The 150 pounds of onions are peeled, the Big Burger �  850 pounds and 8.5 ft. in diameter � is almost ready to be cooked and the preparations downtown are in full swing for the Fried Onion Burger Day Festival El Reno, Oklahoma, on Saturday May 7 from 10am to 6pm.

Fun events include the Burger Eating Contest (one 10-and-under and one adult contest) from 10am to noon at the Big Burger Arena and the crowning of the �King of the Big Burger�. 
The Oklahoma Commemorative Wing Air Force will be making flyovers in World War II vintage aircraft. Check out some 200 classic cars and 100 cycles at Cycle World. Nearly 30 craft booths are expected this year, offering a variety of handmade crafts and various items. 
There will be headliner bands on the Main Stage - the EHS Jazz Band, The Wurlybirds, Truck, Blues Tiger, Greater Than Zero, One Armed Bandit and 4-1-1. There is plenty of entertainment for the children � choirs and dance groups on the Kid Stage, clowns, hula hoop contests and much else.
And of course there are enough Burgers (and other food) for at least 30,000 people.
The El Reno Main Street Program, host and organizer of the festival, is among only 50 communities nationwide to be honored with the Great American Main Street Award. Downtown El Reno plays host to an average of 30,000 people annually when the Main Street Program stages its volunteer-run Fried Onion Burger Day Festival, which has occurred on the first Saturday in May for the past 22 years. 
For more information about top events in Oklahoma take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Oklahoma.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Prince William's Hot Photo - Wild Picture

Prince William's Hot Photo - Wild Picture.
Not a lot of weird stuff we can get from the figure of Prince William. For most people, especially for girls, the Prince of England is the perfect man and the ideal figure. He was not only handsome, but he also has a good personality, and his life away from negative things. That's why many people hope that Prince William was the perfect figure to be the

POST: Sam Nzima / Yahoo! News / April 27, 2011

South Africa photographer honored for Soweto photo

South African photographer, Sam Nzima, poses with his iconic photo.(AP Photo/Denis Farrell.)
By DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press � Wed Apr 27, 8:06 am ET

PRETORIA, South Africa � A South African photographer is being honored for helping expose apartheid's brutality to the world with a picture that ended his career.
On Wednesday, celebrated as Freedom Day in South Africa because it is the anniversary of the country's first all-race elections, President Jacob Zuma will bestow national honors on Sam Nzima for a photograph reminiscent of the "Pieta" he took showing a dying Hector Pieterson, a 13-year-old shot by police during the June 16, 1976 Soweto uprising.
Nzima is receiving the Order of Ikhamanga, which recognizes South Africans who excel in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. He joins such past winners as jazz legend Hugh Masekela and novelist Alan Paton.
Nzima said in an interview Wednesday his photograph seen around the world "tells the story of what happened. You don't even need a caption to see that something terrible has happened."
Nzima, 75, said police were so enraged by the attention his photograph drew, he feared they would kill him. He left Johannesburg and his newspaper to become a businessman in a small eastern South African town.
But his photograph continued to draw attention. Nzima has spoken to students at a German high school named for Pieterson, and attended exhibitions that included his photograph in the United States, Briton and the Netherlands. Later this year, he will go to Belgium.
Pieterson was the first to die from police gunfire after Soweto students were ordered to disperse. The students were protesting an order that black students to be taught in Afrikaans, the language of the white-minority rulers.
Hundreds of blacks, many of them young people, were killed in ensuing clashes nationwide. Conflict escalated in the 1980s and finally led to apartheid's demise in the early 1990s.
Nzima said he arrived in Soweto early that morning in 1976, assigned to cover what he thought would be peaceful protests. He watched students paint signs.
"One said, "Afrikaans must be abolished.' Another, `We are being fed the crumbs of education,'" Nzima recalled.
The marchers were confronted by a white police officer who told them he would shoot if they did not disperse, Nzima said. Instead, Nzima said, they began singing, "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika," or "God Bless Africa."
"That song, which is the national anthem today, was banned then," Nzima said.
The police began shooting, and Nzima saw a boy fall. A tall boy picked him and began to run. Nzima took six pictures as the boy was taken to the nearest car, driven by a colleague from his newspaper, and taken to a clinic. There, he was pronounced dead and identified as Pieterson.
Nzima, working at a time when restrictions on reporting on conflict were draconian, removed the film and hid it in his sock. Later, police forced him to expose film in his camera, but the photos of Pieterson were safe.
"A lot of people ask me, why didn't I help Hector Pieterson?" Nzima said. "It was not my duty. A journalist must do his job. My job is to take pictures."
And this picture, he said, made a difference.
"This picture was an eye-opener for the whole world."
Photograph by Sam Nzima, 1976
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ATLANTA: Shinique Smith / Enchantment / Savannah College of Art & Design / Trois Gallery / April 27 - July 22, 2011


Shinique Smith
The Savannah College of Art and Design exhibitions department presents Enchantment, a show featuring recent paintings, collages and sculptures by Shinique Smith. Enchantment highlights Smith's lively pastiche of design and fashion motifs as well as forms, textures and colors inspired by the city landscape. The works stimulate our imagination as we uncover the creative ways Smith gives new life and meaning to found materials within the dialog of contemporary art. Held in Atlanta in conjunction with SCAD Style.  

April 27 � July 22, 2011
Trois Gallery | SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 
Artist talk: May 5, 6:30-7 p.m.; reception 7-8 p.m.

August 11 � October 07, 2011
Pinnacle Gallery | 320 E. Liberty St., Savannah, GA
Artist talk: Friday, Oct. 7, 6-6:30 p.m.; reception 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
(Savannah, GA exhibit held in conjunction with the gallery hop.)

These exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

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Real Name : Cut Cynthiara Alona
Popular Name : Cynthiara Alona or Alonas
Birth Date : July 7, 1985
Birth Place : Jakarta, Indonesia
Occupation : Actress, model, Singer
Height : 168 cm
Weight : 47 kg

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

CONTEMPORARY TALKS: William Pope.L / High Museum of Art Atlanta / April 26, 2011

Contemporary Talks: William Pope.L

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: High Museum of Art Atlanta, Hill Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St, Atlanta 30306


Artist William Pope.L discusses his interdisciplinary works with Artistic Director Stuart Horodner and previews footage from his new film, Reenactor, about Robert E. Lee and the "psycho-geography of the South."
Contemporary Talks is a rare opportunity for Atlanta audiences to hear from some of the most consequential thinkers and doers in the world of art and culture. Hear speakers share insights and experiences about the practical and philosophical issues that shape contemporary architecture, exhibition-making, poetry, and art criticism. ACAC is proud to partner with local arts, culture, and educational institutions to present Contemporary Talks.
Presented in partnership with the High Museum of Art and National Black Arts Festival.

Crystal Coast Blue Marlin

Fishing for Blue Marlin off the Crystal Coast
North Carolina�s Crystal Coast is home to the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and in June the intensity will be at its highest when it is decided who takes home the grand Big Rock prize. 
Ever since the first big catch of marlin in 1957, fishermen have flocked to North Carolina�s coastal waters to see if they too could catch big game. The 53rd annual fishing tournament kicks off on June 10 to 18 in Morehead City. Fishermen from all over the country join in on the tournament in hopes of winning big.             
The tournament offers a variety of festivities including a captain�s party, sponsored dinners, an awards banquet with an auction and a lady angler event. Prizes for the competition vary with each level as the opportunities to win increase. Daily release prizes include $5,300 for the 53rd billfish release during the tournament and $2,000 each day for the first billfish released that day. 
The Big Rock Tournament has provided more than $1million to winners for the past 13 years and the competition continues to grow each year. With all this prize money, the board still finds a way to give back. Supporting numerous charities, they have donated more than $2,300,000.
The �gems� of the Crystal Coast include Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Harker�s Island and Morehead City. Dangling like a delicate strand of pearls off the coast of North Carolina, the favored Atlantic beach destination represents one of the only remaining natural barrier island systems in the world. 
 For more information about top events in North Carolina take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in North Carolina
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Profile Chintya Sari : Foto - Biography

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Real Name : Nungky Chintya Sari, MSi
Popular Name : Chintya Sari
Birth Date : December 24, 1982
Birth Place : Surabaya
Occupation : Singer, Presenter (Host)

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Nungki Chintya Sari or familiarly called Chintya Sari was born in Surabaya on December 24, 1982. Beautiful woman is a dangdut singer in

Madonna-Who's That Girl Megamix 2011

Madonna-LOve Don't/Who's That Girl Megamix 2011

1.Love Don't Megamix
2.Who's That Girl (Dj Tonka House Mix)

Madonna-Who's That Girl Megamix 2011

Madonna-LOve Don't/Who's That Girl Megamix 2011

1.Love Don't Megamix
2.Who's That Girl (Dj Tonka House Mix)

NEW YORK: Kara Walker / Dust Jackets for the Niggerati- and Supporting Dissertations, Drawings submitted ruefully by Dr. Kara E. Walker / Siekkma Jenkins & Co. / April 21 - June 4, 2011

Kara Walker, The Great Negro Heroine, 2011, Graphite on paper, 22.5 x 30 inches, 57.2 x 76.2 cm
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Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and Lehmann Maupin Gallery are pleased to present joint exhibitions of new works by Kara Walker on view at both galleries from April 21 through June 4, 2011.

The exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Dust Jackets for the Niggerati-and Supporting Dissertations, Drawings submitted ruefully by Dr. Kara E. Walker, will feature new graphite drawings and hand-printed texts on paper. This body of work grew out of the artist�s search for understanding of the way that power asserts itself in interpersonal and geopolitical spheres. As she embarked on this quest the figural elements began to disappear from her work. Now, they emerge again in what Walker describes as a �giddy embrace� of the figural and the narrative.

The works explore themes of transition and migration that run throughout the African American experience in the 20th century. There is a cycle of destruction and renewal that is embodied in the move from country to city, as well as the destruction of an �old� Black identity and the emergence of a �New Negro� identity. Thinking metaphorically about this move from rural to urban environment, the works can be read almost as a comic book or storyboard. There is a narrative present -both explicit and implied � about the constant fluctuation of identity.

Kara Walker, Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale (Video Still), 2011, single channel video, dimensions variable. Edition of 3. Image via
In the concurrent exhibition, Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi�s Blue Tale, Lehmann Maupin Gallery at 201 Chrystie Street will present three new video works which draw on Walker�s own experience in the Mississippi Delta, �a region mythologized in song and popular culture but tragically depressing.� She explains, �I drove down to the Delta thinking about the terrors of Jim Crow and slavery, yet the silent indifference of the landscape and the economic stasis, lack of mobility, and the persistence of a racist memory in the area was what stuck.�

The title video, Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi�s Blue Tale, is a shadow puppet narrative which follows the travails of the heroine, Miss Pipi, intercut with �abstracts� of a surreal and violent nature. The subtext of the video is the mythology surrounding white Southern womanhood, historically cited time and time again as an entity to be protected from sexuality, in particular from the presumed hyper�sexuality of black men. Although fiction, this was the excuse for the murder of countless black men and boys in Jim Crow America. Miss Pipi�s Blue Tale is meant to be as deeply contradictory a visual tale as the Blues is in music. Delta Blues, often merges broad comedy with despair, sensuality with loss and do-it-yourself urgency with structured improvisation.

The exhibition�s musical theme is revisited in the short video loop, Bad Blues. Featuring the artist and shot while traveling in Mississippi, the video is a comic sketch about black female agency and having �The Blues�. Another video, titled Levee, is a quiet meditation on the landscape set at sunrise in Friars Point, Mississippi. The straight line that bisects the image is the top edge of a section of levee, shot from below, at the edge of the Mississippi River. It is a black space, a barrier and engineering feat that receives little attention until failures occur such as the 1927 levee break at Greenville, Mississippi or more recently those caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Kara Walker was born in 1969 in Stockton, California and currently lives and works in New York. Walker is known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures, which have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. The artist�s recent solo exhibitions include The Black Road at CAC Malaga, Spain; Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, which premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and traveled to the Whitney Museum and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Walker is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships such as the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award, the Deutsche Bank Prize, and the Larry Aldrich Award.

Works by Walker can be found in prestigious collections around the globe including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

For additional information please contact Scott Briscoe at 212.929.2262 or

530 West 22nd Street
New York, NY                           

201 Chrystie Street
New York, NY

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

ATLANTA: Daniel Minter / "A Heavy Grace, A Shallow Home" / Hammonds House Museum / April 24 - June 26, 2011

Daniel Minter's art is an art of reclamation. His images -- in painting, in sculpture -- call back the beauty of our darkest skins, the plush of our lips, the fullness of our sight. It is an art of close attention. Almost hyper-real. A realism edged forward to its most essential characteristic -- spirit. Wide oval eyes ever-watchful from all the realms. This is mystery speaking a plain language. Here spirit and flesh combine on canvas, in wood, in iron and bronze. Minter's figures are both history and myth. His bodies, big-boned and full-labored, have an uncommon delicacy and a heavy grace. Minter's art is a protective art. And an art of protection. Firm lines. Crossed roads. Boxes. Square things. And the open circles of offering.

As part of Hammonds House Museum's continued commitment to the cultivation of emerging artists the Art Auction Merit Award exhibition features an artist selected from the Museum's annual Art Auction. Daniel Minter's art was chosen by a trio of museum professionals based in the Atlanta, GA arts community.

Profile Bae Soo Bin : Foto - Biography

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Name : Bae Soo Bin/Bae Su Bin
Real Name : Yoon Tae Wook
Birth Date : 9 Desember 1976
Birth Place : Seoul, Korea Selatan
Occupation : Actor
Height: 180cm
Weight: 68kg
Blood type: A
Star sign: Sagittarius

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Madonna-Demo (2011)
1.Hy This Madonna (Radio Version)
2.Run (Full Demo)
3.Broken (Acaustic Demo)
4.Your Honesty
5.Celebration (Fan 12' Made Demo Remix)
7.Never Young Again (Demo Version)
8.First Kiss (Demo)


Madonna-Demo (2011)
1.Hy This Madonna (Radio Version)
2.Run (Full Demo)
3.Broken (Acaustic Demo)
4.Your Honesty
5.Celebration (Fan 12' Made Demo Remix)
7.Never Young Again (Demo Version)
8.First Kiss (Demo)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Profile Barbie Hsu : Foto - Biography

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Name : Xu Xi Yuan or Barbie Hsu
Birth Place : Shandong, China
Birth Date : 06 October 1976
Occupation : Actress, Singer
Height : 163cm
Weight : 44kg

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Barbie Hsu, or Xu Xi Yuan is a Taiwanese actress who was born in Shandong, China, October 6, 1976. Barbie became popular with her role as Shan Cai in Meteor

2012 Acura TL

The latest edition of the Acura TL Sedan was unveiled in Chicago yesterday. It’s not really a big improvement over the current model, but it does come with some new features, revised looks, and upgraded powertrains.

As for the styling, it is pretty much the same as before but you get a redesigned front bumper with improved aerodynamics, a revised grille, updated headlights and turn signals, a new fog light design and a shorter front overhang. Meanwhile at the back the car is distinguished with a new rear bumper incorporates a significantly repositioned license plate opening and smaller rear reflectors, updated taillights and a thinner rear trunk edge trim.

2012 Acura TL Revealed 2012 Acura TL 2

The 2012 TL comes with a large array of standard and available equipments. Standard features include new 17×8-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels with P245/50R17 all-season tires for confident year-round performance. The TL SH-AWD® comes standard with 18×8-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels with low-profile P245/45R18 tires for more agile handling. Finally, when equipped with the available Advance Package, the TL comes with 18×8-inch 5-spoke wheels while TL SH-AWD™ is fitted with19x8-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels with new performance minded P245/40R19 all-season tires.

2012 Acura TL Revealed 2012 Acura TL 3

Both the TL and TL SH-AWD™ models offer an available Technology Package which includes the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, and an Acura/ELS Surround® 410-watt Premium Audio System.

For 2012, the hard disk drive (HDD) based navigation system increases in size to 60 gigabytes, map coverage is more expansive, USB connection speed is faster, and the full VGA monitor is brighter with even richer colors. Also available is a new Advance Package that incorporates all-new ventilated front seats along with a new blind spot information (BSI) system that alerts the driver of other vehicles that are in close proximity.

2012 Acura TL Revealed 2012 Acura TL 4

The engine lineup for the 2012 Acura TL remains the same as before too, which means it gets a a 280 horsepower 3.5 liter with front-wheel-drive and a 305 hp with Acura’s exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. To increase performance, a new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission is applied on all TL models with automatic transmission.

The 3.5 liter V6 engine is expected to do 20/29 mpg city/highway thanks to a new multi-clutch torque converter that not only reduces heat build-up during operation, but also allows for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions- which helps generate improved fuel economy.
2012 Acura TL
2012 Acura TL
2012 Acura TL

2012 Acura TL

NEW YORK: Radcliffe Bailey / "Outer Spaceways" / Jack Shainman Gallery / April 21 - May 21, 2011


Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce Outer Spaceways, a solo exhibition of new works by Radcliffe Bailey. The show includes sculpture, paintings, steel and glass wall-bound pieces, and works on paper. These various elements are strong on their own while working together to create an immersive environment that approaches one cohesive installation. 

Bailey invokes jazz composer, musician, poet and philosopher Sun Ra as an orbital perturbation to his ongoing and ever changing set of interests and focal points. In doing this, Bailey explores a trajectory anchored in ancestral themes and objects that continues on through time and space. Sun Ra�s ability to pull from entire histories of musical sounds and genres, while simultaneously occupying a space in the future characterized by his philosophy of interplanetary travel, mirrors Bailey�s continuous reexamination of ideas relating to journey and movement. Returning to work primarily with steel, glass and wood, the physical process of making the work serve as performative reenactments of craft and familial traditions. 

In Cerebral Cavern, Bailey revisits the cabinet, a consistent trope throughout his work referencing a material space imbued with associations of searching for that which heals - be it food, medicine, or something less tangible. Resting on each shelf are groupings of identical plaster heads that become anonymous in their repetition. Inspired by recent global movements sweeping entire geopolitical regions, the work is to be read from the bottom up. Beginning at its base level, the heads whisper to one another. As the work builds upward, their density increases and ultimately the accumulated heads begin to look outward. Continuing this theme of movement and progression, Bailey uses records, circular planetary forms and musical instruments, including the lid of a baby grand piano, to recreate a solar system of ideas and sounds in Other Worlds Worlds.

A solo traveling exhibition of his work, Memory as Medicine, will open at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta on June 28th, 2011 then travel to the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX. His past exhibitions include, New/Now: Radcliffe Bailey, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, 2004, Neo-HooDoo, organized by The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, at Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, 2009, and traveled to MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, NY, 2009. Bailey's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, among others. This will be Bailey�s fifth solo show at the gallery.

The monograph Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine by Carol Thompson (with contributions by Rene Paul Barilleaux, Manthia Diawara, Michael Rooks and Edward S. Spriggs) will be available in mid-May. The book offers the first mid-career survey of work by the emerging artist.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. For additional information and photographic material please contact the gallery at

Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th St
New York, NY

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pets in Annapolis

Ranked the 13th most dog-friendly city in the nation, Annapolis (& Anne Arundel County) has invited all pet lovers to �Bring Your Pets to Play� there during National Tourism Week May 7 to 15. 
Recognizing the fact that 49-percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider pets to be a part of the family, and 18-percent of this same group usually take their pets with them when they travel, the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) will help to make traveling with four-legged friends in tow more enjoyable than ever during National Tourism Week. 
AAACCVB President and CEO Connie Del Signore says it is fitting that Annapolis roll out the red carpet for its four-legged friends during National Tourism Week. �We welcome pets to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay, and we�ll be spreading the word in a special way with events, contests, giveaways, and activities that thank pet owners for choosing our destination.� 
The AAACCVB will be celebrating resident and visiting furry friends throughout the month of May. 
Throughout National Tourism Week, pet owners are invited to stop by the AAACCVB�s 26 West Street Visitors Center to pick up doggy treats provided compliments of Paws Pet Boutique and bandanas sponsored by Peppers. 
For more information about top events in Maryland take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Maryland
Visitors to AAACCVB�s homepage will gain immediate access to information about accommodations, attractions, restaurants, retail outlets, parks, trails, deals, and specials that cater to pets and their humans. 

FIVE: Deborah Willis, PhD

�FIVE� is a special feature at BlackArtistNews where five questions are posed to an individual artist, curator, gallerist, collector or art lover. Why five questions? Well, there are five fingers on each hand and artists create with their hands hence one, two, three, four, FIVE.
Deborah Willis, PhD. BlackArtistNews photo. All rights reserved.
Earlier this month, art photographer Deborah Willis gathered a who�s who of black visual artists and intellectuals for Beauty and Fashion: The Black Portrait Symposium at New York University where she serves as chair and professor of NYU�s Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photography and Imaging. As a curator and photo historian she has unearthed photographic treasures that reveal valuable insight to the day-to-day aspects of African American life -- many of which can be seen in the numerous books and monographs under her name. BlackArtistNews witnessed the multi-hyphenated Willis in multi-task mode when after giving a lecture at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago she simultaneously autographed books, smiled for photos, fielded questions from admirers, confabbed with colleagues and answered "FIVE":

Artistically, what are you working on right now? 

As an artist, I�m working on family photographs. I�m photographing family members as well as pregnant women. I�m interested in stories that pregnant women are told about life. I�m trying to tell stories about life and how it extends through words and images in that way. 

Taking into consideration your work as a curator, photo historian and scholar how do you find the time to make art? 

Um, I just make the time. I really make the time because it�s so important to continue. Our stories need to be told and so that�s really important for me to continue in that way. Yeah. 

What was the one image you created that after you saw it you thought to yourself �I�m an artist?� 

Let�s see. (Pauses.) Probably a picture I made of my grandfather in [a] hospital bed. [It's] a really beautiful image of him kind of posing and [trying to look] dignified even though he was dying. I was an art student then. 

What year was the photo taken? 


Singer Diana Ross was a recent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She�s personified beauty and glamour since the 1960�s. Is there a reason why there�s no image of her in your book �Posing Beauty�? 

No, no. There�s no reason. She�s in �Let Your Motto Be Resistance.� So yeah, look in that [book]. She�s posed [with the Supremes.] 

Does art matter? 

Yes. Art is what makes all of us survive and keep us hopeful. That�s why I teach art and that�s why I believe [it] matters. Yes, um hum. (Shakes her head up and down.)

Books by Deborah Willis:

The Supremes image referenced in interview:??
Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches, � Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos, New York.
2009 video of Deborah Willis and her son photographer Hank Willis Thomas:

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