In Memoriam: Robert Venturi, postmodernist architect, 93

Front of the Vanna Venturi House, one of the first major works of post-modern architecture, known especially for its facade and split gable. Photo by smallbones

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Architect Robert Venturi, who rejected austere modern design and instead ushered in postmodern complexity, has died. He was 93.

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In Memoriam: Robert ‘Rob’ Goldstein, art and furniture specialist

Robert ‘Rob’ Goldstein (Nov. 12, 1951-Aug. 24, 2018). Image provided by the Slosberg family

PHILADELPHIA – Respected art and furniture appraiser Robert “Rob” Goldstein passed away on August 24 in Philadelphia. He was 66 years old.

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Yasufumi Nakamori appointed to senior curatorial post at Tate Modern

Yasufumi Nakamori. Photograph by Dan Dennehy, Minneapolis Institute of Art

LONDON – Tate Modern announced today that it has appointed Dr Yasufumi Nakamori as its new Senior Curator, International Art (Photography). Nakamori will lead on the development of Tate’s collection of photography and on the program of photography exhibitions and displays. He will take up the post in October 2018.

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In Memoriam: film and TV star Burt Reynolds, 82

Loni Anderson and Bert Reynolds at the 43rd Emmy Awards, 1991. Photo by Alan Light

JUPITER, Fla. – Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights,” commercial hits such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age 82.

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Sotheby’s unveils full collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

Marsha and Robin Williams and their family, 1995. Copyright Arthur Grace. Image provided by Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s has unveiled the full auction contents of Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams, a dedicated auction to be held on October 4, 2018 in New York.

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The days the music died: A look at funerals of entertainment greats

Three hundred National Guardsmen were summoned to maintain crowd order at Graceland following Elvis Presley’s death. Photo of Presley’s gravesite at Graceland was taken by Daniel Schwen. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

NEW YORK (AP) – Elvis, Whitney, Prince, Biggie and, now, Aretha: The funerals and public memorials of music royalty have been as varied as the work they created, from small family affairs to days of tributes as huge in death as they lived their lives.

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In Memoriam: Ed King, former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist, 68

1973 publicity photo of Lynyrd Skynyrd promoting ‘Gimme Three Steps.’ Ed King is shown third from right (at rear).

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group’s hits including the classic “Sweet Home Alabama,” has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68.
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Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill among all-star lineup for Aretha Franklin’s funeral

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) famously sang at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. Photo: Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force

NEW YORK (AP) – An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week.

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Yasuaki Ishizaka rejoins Sotheby’s to lead Japan operations

Yasuaki Ishizaka, newly appointed chairman and managing director of Sotheby’s Japan. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

HONG KONG – Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) has announced that Yasuaki Ishizaka will rejoin the company as chairman and managing director, Sotheby’s Japan. Based in Tokyo, Ishizaka will be responsible for leading the local team and driving Sotheby’s business and presence in Japan.  He will also play a key role in Sotheby’s business development strategy working closely with the company’s international leadership.  Ishizaka begins with Sotheby’s in early September. 

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In Memoriam: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, 76

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018). Image of autographed publicity photo courtesy of Igal M. Atelier and LiveAuctioneers Archive

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ″I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

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