NEW YORK – Vintage rock concert posters provide an artful form of proof. If you saw the show, it reinforces the fact that you were there; if you weren’t, it delivers artful evidence that it happened (or, in some cases, that it was supposed to happen).
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – After Jeff Leason graduated from high school in 1978, his fellow school orchestra member Ernie Gygax approached him with an opportunity. “He said, ‘If you need a job, come work at my dad’s company,'” Leason recalled. “I had no idea what the heck it was.”
Gary Gygax, Ernie’s father, founded the company Tactical Studies Rules in Lake Geneva to produce Dungeons & Dragons, a role-playing game he created with his friend, Dave Arneson, a University of Minnesota student at the time. Leason had been playing the game since 1975, but that was before TSR existed as a game company.
LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Drawn from Yuz Foundation’s esteemed collection of contemporary art, Legacies of Exchange spotlights encounters, exchanges, and collisions between China and the West. This exhibition is part of LACMA’s ongoing collaboration with Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China and Qatar Museums in Doha, a joint effort to create exhibitions and to provide the museums with greater access to a more diverse collection of artworks. The exhibition opened July 4 and continues through March 13, 2022.
LOS ANGELES – It’s been a great year for Matthew Perry. In addition to acting, writing and producing, the Friends star has hit some high notes by buying, restyling and reselling fabulous California properties, an investment activity in which he has been involved for many years. He recently sold two properties: his stunning Century City (Los Angeles) condo for $21.6 million and also a Malibu beach home for $13.1 million. His condo sale is the most expensive in Los Angeles since at least 2015.
NEW YORK – When holy persons depart for their heavenly reward, the grieving faithful feel compelled to retain what they left behind. Clothes, tools, and other personal effects, as well as body parts, were placed in opulent caskets, boxes, and other glorified displays to keep the memory of the saint alive. Objects designed to hold sacred objects go by many names, but they are often called reliquaries in recognition of the relics they contain.
NEW YORK – Many spectacular objects and items go unsigned or unmarked by their makers. Too often, these artisans didn’t regard their masterpieces as art; they saw them as a hobby, or an amusement, or something that helped pass the time. We may not always know who made a given piece, but we do recognize its beauty and its craftsmanship.
On August 5, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will stage an auction of Americana, Folk Art, and Outsider Art. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art, and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The latest entry in the UNO Artiste Series, which combines the classic card game with imagery from famed artists, features the work of American contemporary street artist and activist Shepard Fairey.
NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge in New York has approved the forfeiture of a 3,500-year-old clay tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh that was looted from Iraq and sold for $1.6 million to Hobby Lobby for display in the Museum of the Bible, prosecutors announced.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – July 29 is International Tiger Day, which celebrates a critically endangered species and inspires help for tigers, which are vanishing. Tigers are one of the most threatened victims of illegal trade. In the last century, 97% of the wild tiger population has disappeared, and fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild. Of the eight subspecies of tiger, three are already extinct. The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA) uses International Tiger Day to raise awareness about the demand and illegal trade of tigers and their parts, threatening this species with extinction.