Eric Carle, Alternate illustration for ‘Friends.’ Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 2013 Penguin Random House LLC.

Eric Carle museum honors late cofounder with colorful, joyful exhibition

Eric Carle, Alternate illustration for ‘Friends.’ Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 2013 Penguin Random House LLC.

Eric Carle, Alternate illustration for ‘Friends.’ Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 2013 Penguin Random House LLC.

AMHERST, Mass. – The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates its beloved late co-founder Eric Carle in the exhibition Color | Joy | Eric Carle, which is on now through March 6, 2022. The exhibition highlights Carle’s passion for nature and his love of color with original collage illustrations from his picture books as well as a selection of his abstract art. More than half of the 70 artworks on view have never been publicly displayed.

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Italian museum sending Parthenon fragment to Athens in nudge to UK

The Parthenon temple, shown at night. The A. Salinas Archaeological Museum in Sicily, Italy announced a four-year loan of a Parthenon frieze fragment to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, an act designed to nudge the British Museum and other European institutions to return their holdings of Parthenon marbles to Greece. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, taken by Athanasios Benisis in September 2004 and shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The Parthenon temple, shown at night. The A. Salinas Archaeological Museum in Sicily, Italy announced a four-year loan of a Parthenon frieze fragment to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, an act designed to nudge the British Museum and other European institutions to return their holdings of Parthenon marbles to Greece. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, taken by Athanasios Benisis in September 2004 and shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

ROME (AP) – An Italian museum is lending a fragment of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece, in what both sides hope will become a permanent return that might encourage others – the British Museum, in particular – to send their own pieces of the works back, too.

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A copy of Superman #1 sold for $2.6 million on December 16. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

Up, up and they pay: $2.6M winning bid for Superman #1 comic

A copy of Superman #1 sold for $2.6 million on December 16. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

A copy of Superman #1 sold for $2.6 million on December 16. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.com

NEW YORK (AP) – A rare copy of a Superman #1 comic book that sold on newsstands for a dime in 1939 was purchased recently at auction for $2.6 million.

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Frans Hals, ‘The Laughing Cavalier,’ 1624. © Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London

Closing soon: Wallace Collection’s Frans Hals exhibition

Frans Hals, ‘The Laughing Cavalier,’ 1624. © Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London

Frans Hals, ‘The Laughing Cavalier,’ 1624. © Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London

LONDON – Frans Hals (circa 1582 or 1583–1666) is one of the greatest masters of the Dutch Golden Age, praised by his contemporaries for his capacity to paint lifelike portraits that seem ‘to live and breathe’. In autumn 2021, The Wallace Collection began a celebration of Hals’s most famous and beloved and enigmatic painting, The Laughing Cavalier (1624) in the form of Frans Hals: The Male Portrait, a show that continues through January 30, 2022.

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Edward S. Curtis, ‘Medicine Crow,’ 1909, goldtone. Peterson Family Collection.

Scottsdale museum mounts groundbreaking Edward S. Curtis exhibition

Edward S. Curtis, ‘Medicine Crow,’ 1909, goldtone. Peterson Family Collection.

Edward S. Curtis, ‘Medicine Crow,’ 1909, goldtone. Peterson Family Collection.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (SMoW) is now hosting a remarkable exhibition celebrating the life and works of photographer-ethnographer Edward Curtis, titled Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis. It opened on October 19, 2021 and will run through April 30, 2023.

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Moynat Mini Pyramide Gravity Bag, 2019. France (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Jan. 16 is last day to see V&A exhibition ‘Bags: Inside Out’

 Moynat Mini Pyramide Gravity Bag, 2019. France (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Moynat Mini Pyramide Gravity Bag, 2019. France (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

LONDON – Bags: Inside Out is the UK’s most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the ultimate accessory. From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, the exhibition explores our longstanding fascination with the bag. The show opened at the V&A in fall of 202o and has been extended multiple times, but it looks set to end on January 16, 2022.

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Soup plate from Her Majesty’s Own Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, Saint Petersburg, Russia, circa 1759. Hard-paste porcelain. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 25.224. Photo credit: Edward Owen

Hillwood’s ‘Luxury of Clay’ surveys glories of ‘white gold’

Soup plate from Her Majesty’s Own Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, Saint Petersburg, Russia, circa 1759. Hard-paste porcelain. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 25.224. Photo credit: Edward Owen

Soup plate from Her Majesty’s Own Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, Saint Petersburg, Russia, circa 1759. Hard-paste porcelain. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, acc. no. 25.224. Photo credit: Edward Owen

WASHINGTON — The opulence and invention that characterized the evolution of hard-paste porcelain are explored in the special exhibition The Luxury of Clay: Porcelain Past and Present, on view this year at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens from February 19 through June 26. With more than 125 objects, ranging from 18th-century Meissen, Du Paquier, KPM, and the Imperial Porcelain Factory to contemporary objects that reimagine the enduring art form today, The Luxury of Clay will explore how the important discovery of so-called “true porcelain” in Europe ignited centuries of innovation and creativity.

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Jens Galschioet’s ‘Pillar of Shame’ sculpture in Haking Wong Podium of the University of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China painted it orange in 2008 to highlight The Color Orange, a project created by Galschioet to raise awareness of violations of human rights in China. Photograph via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Last monument marking Tiananmen Square massacre removed in Hong Kong

Jens Galschioet’s ‘Pillar of Shame’ sculpture in Haking Wong Podium of the University of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China painted it orange in 2008 to highlight The Color Orange, a project created by Galschioet to raise awareness of violations of human rights in China. Photograph via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Jens Galschioet’s ‘Pillar of Shame’ sculpture in Haking Wong Podium of the University of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China painted it orange in 2008 to highlight The Color Orange, a project created by Galschioet to raise awareness of violations of human rights in China. Photograph via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

HONG KONG (AP) – A monument at a Hong Kong university that was the best-known public remembrance of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Chinese soil was removed on December 23, wiping out the city’s last place of public commemoration of the bloody 1989 crackdown. For some at the University of Hong Kong, the move reflected the erosion of the relative freedoms they have enjoyed compared to mainland China.

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‘Smart’ hotel Lake Nona Wave opens in Orlando, complete with Rosie the robot butler

Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

ORLANDO, Fla. – The recently opened Lake Nona Wave Hotel paves a new path for Orlando’s hospitality landscape as the region’s smartest lifestyle hotel to join the Central Florida landscape. Designed as the Living Room of Lake Nona, a destination of the future dubbed a “smart city with soul,” the hotel features an extensive roster of technology partners, transformative dining, and world-class art only minutes from Orlando International Airport – a combination of offerings that’s unheard of in the region. 

Pioneering hotel debuts, blending exciting contemporary art and design with the latest technology

Outdoor art sculpture. Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

With a striking façade of curved glass inspired by a wavelength of energy, the hotel features 216 guest rooms, 16 one-bedroom suites and two penthouse suites. Each visitor enjoys an experience elevated by technology yet grounded in well-being. Guests delight in art works from one of the greatest sculptors of the modern era to locally renowned creatives, find inner peace at the nearby, first-ever Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Mind-Body Zone and Spa, soak up the sun on the colorful pool deck and savor artful dishes and Instagram-worthy cocktails at three destination dining concepts, and more.

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“Lake Nona Wave Hotel is the latest evolution in the thriving ecosystem that is Lake Nona. By harnessing world-class wellness, esteemed art, internationally inspired cuisine, and leading-edge technology, we have created a one-of-a-kind travel experience that cannot be found elsewhere,” said Suzie Yang, General Manager, Lake Nona Wave Hotel. “It is inspiring to see the creativity, innovation and brilliance from our team members and the Lake Nona community to come together to craft a destination with the WOW factor”

TECHNOLOGY

Among the World’s most innovative new hotels, Lake Nona Wave Hotel is hardwired to ensure technology is thoughtful and seamless. The hotel is home to many first-of-its-kind amenities including the largest implementation of View Smart Windows that tint using predictive intelligence in response to the sun and outdoor conditions, access to one of the world’s largest autonomous shuttle fleets, TOTO smart toilets, voice-automated in-room controls, a bespoke mobile app, complimentary WiFi 6, and more.

In-room tablet with bespoke app. Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

Further defining itself as the smartest hotel opening of 2022, Lake Nona Wave Hotel conceptualized Well+tech by Wave – a collection of five guest rooms equipped with a rotating roster of inventions from 10 of the year’s most pioneering brands leading the future of health and sleep innovations.

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Examples include The Restorative Bed by Bryte, the first science-based, purpose-built sleep experience; UV sanitization and LED circadian lighting solutions by Healthe, adopting NASA technology; accessories like Smart Nora, a snoring aid that lifts your head when it detects snoring, curated by SleepScore Labs, the world’s most comprehensive suite of data-backed sleep solutions; bath amenities by the world’s first Climate-Smart® skincare brand, PourMoi; and more.

Rosie, the hotel’s robot butler, complements food and drink delivery for events. Aptly named in honor of the Jetsons’ loyal housekeeper, Rosie uses 3D cameras and LIDAR technology to navigate.

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

The hotel consists of three show-stopping restaurants and bars, each offering a distinct dining and entertainment experience while perfectly harmonized to create one of Florida’s most culinary-centric hotels. BACÁN is the hotel’s signature venue featuring gallery-worthy artwork complimented by Central and South American ingredients and techniques.

At the helm is Chef Guillaume Robin, whose culinary prowess comes from spending nearly two decades in Michelin-starred kitchens and 4- and 5-star hotels; two-time World Pastry Champion Laurent Branlard; and Beverage Manager Alexa Delgado – a top finalist for Casa Dragones Tequila’s International Cocktail Competition.

BACAN at Lake Nona Wave Hotel. Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

Offering a vibrant setting for guests and locals to mingle, Living Room Bar is a morning-to-night venue where guests will start off the day with health-minded breakfast options and end with master mixology and small plates. Opening soon, HAVEN’s dining offerings will flow seamlessly from an indoor lounge to bustling outdoor pool-scape.

Living Room Bar. Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

ART & DESIGN 

Rivaling the country’s leading art meccas, Lake Nona is a thriving destination attracting creatives from around the world with its internationally acclaimed and local art. Now, adding to the richness of its art program, the destination unveils the art-centric WaveHotel alongside its most esteemed public art project to date: the 50,000-square-foot Lake Nona Sculpture Garden.

Sculpture garden amongst the palm trees. Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

The striking hotel lures guests in with its undulating façade of curved glass inspired by the energy of a wave. While the exterior boasts a sleek appeal, its interiors are awakened by a multicolored collection of 500 artworks, patterns, jaw-dropping custom furniture, bespoke wall coverings and more. The Living Room lobby sets the hotel’s creative tone with a 360-degree visual experience that immerses guests with a myriad of colors and upstairs, guest rooms feature a kaleidoscopic palette, custom modern furnishings, colorful porcelain tile made in Italy, and patterned wallpaper and drapery that dance up the walls.

Rendering of pool and cabanas. Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

Guests journey of discovery extends to the hotel exterior where the Lake NonaSculpture Garden debuts as an enchanting tropical enclave brimming with a collection of eight world-renowned sculptures from The Lewis Collection, one of the world’s largest private art collections, such as the legendary bronze Charging Bull by Arturo di Modica. Designed by Lake Nona’s Director of Landscape Architecture Jeff Thompson, the whimsical and walkable garden blooms with a canopy of nearly 300 hand-selected palm trees, each illuminated with color changing light and lasers while playful furniture can be discovered at every turn.

‘Charging Bull’ by Arturo di Modica in the sculpture garden. Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

WELL-BEING 

Guests can stay well along miles of surrounding nature trails, the hotel’s state-of-the-art Technogym-powered fitness studio and enjoy complimentary access to the new 130,000-square-foot Lake Nona Performance Club, one of the most comprehensive wellness centers in the nation. Within the center, experience unrivaled mindfulness at Dr. Deepak Chopra’s recently debuted, first-ever Chopra Mind Body Zone and Spa – offering aerial yoga to ayurvedic massage. From rock climbing and virtual golf tuition to group cycling and barre classes, guests will experience one of the most extensive fitness offerings of any hotel today.

Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

MEETINGS & EVENTS 

As one of the most visited and accessible meetings and conventions destinations in the nation, a renaissance is upon Orlando’s events industry as the new Lake Nona WaveHotel debuts with 17,000 square feet of technologically advanced event space. Giving groups the opportunity to go beyond the boardroom, the hotel has partnered with industry-leading human performance partners such as Limitless Minds, founded by Super Bowl Champion and entrepreneur Russell Wilson, offering 90-minute “Mindset Workshops” that perfectly blend classroom-like discussion with physical activities throughout Lake Nona.

Meeting room. Image courtesy of Lake Nona Wave Hotel

DIVERSITY

Lake Nona Wave Hotel will be the first hotel in the nation’s leading family-friendly destination of Orlando to place a steadfast focus on educating children about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). Built on the foundation of innovation that extends beyond technology, the hotel’s diversity programming was carefully curated by prominent advocates in this space to include a library of 100+ children’s DEIA-focused books and bedtime story read aloud’s via in-room tablet as well as a playlist of Orlando’s leading LGBTQ+ DJs, more than 200 beverage brands supporting female, Black and LGBT-owned businesses, and more.

Click to visit Lake Nona Wave online.

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ABOUT LAKE NONA

Planned and developed by the Tavistock Group, Lake Nona is one of the fastest growing and most innovative communities in America. Located in Orlando, Florida, the 17-square-mile community has established a new standard of living for its residents with groundbreaking initiatives around technology, mobility, and well-being. Lake Nona is located contiguous to Orlando International Airport in the most visited destination in the U.S. The smart and connected community’s advanced infrastructure and commitment to collaboration has drawn visionary companies and entrepreneurs from across the globe to join its living lab environment accelerating economic growth and opportunity across health and life sciences, education, hospitality, and sports and performance. Lake Nona’s attractive business ecosystem is enhanced by a thriving cultural landscape defined by iconic architecture and engaging public art installations, miles of trails and walkable green spaces, weekly signature events, shopping, dining and entertainment options set amongst Central Florida’s beautiful natural landscape and year-round sunshine. For more information, visit lakenona.com.

Banksy, ‘Girl with Balloon,’ $174,000

Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ soared to $174K at Michaan’s

Banksy, ‘Girl with Balloon,’ $174,000

Banksy, ‘Girl with Balloon,’ $174,000

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Michaan’s Auctions held two successful sales in December, capping a fourth quarter of highly anticipated events with phenomenal results. “These are exciting times in the auction business,” said founder and CEO, Allen Michaan. “We are reaching more buyers than ever before, and our team is bringing fantastic property to them, from distinguished clients we are so proud to represent.” Banksy’s Girl with Balloon was the top lot in Michaan’s Winter Fine Sale on December 17. Purchased in the early 2000s at a flash warehouse sale held in London by Banksy, the screenprint  realized $174,000. Girl with Balloon was accompanied by a new certificate of authenticity from Banksy’s Pest Control Office.

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