The MoMA buys a set of original emoticons

Emoticons, introduced by the Japanese company NTT DOCOMO in 1999, officially made their entrance in the halls of the MoMA after the New York museum bought a set of 176 original characters this month. In a press release, the MoMA describes emoji as “humble masterpieces of design” which have “planted the seeds for the explosive growth of a new visual...

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Patricia Phelps de Cisneros supports the MoMA

The collection of the Museum of Modern Art in new York has just been given over one hundred works by Latin American artists. Venezuelan millionaire Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, an art lover and philanthropist, has recently made a donation of a set of paintings, drawings and sculptures to the institution. A great patron of the museum, the collector has already made many donations in the last sixteen years, giving no less than forty works. This donation is expected to enable the opening, in 2017, of a research institute specialising in Latin American modern and contemporary art next to the...

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Adieu to artist Shirley Jaffe

On 29 September, American artist Shirley Jaffe, born in New Jersey in 1923 and based in France for over 60 years, died at the age of 93 years, in Louveciennes. Jaffe graduated from the Cooper Union in New York, and studied fine arts at the Phillips Art School in Washington, D.C., before moving to France in 1949. She was influenced by abstract expressionism and later adopted a more geometrical style. Revelation came to her after a trip to Berlin in the 1960s. For the Nathalie Obadia gallery which has represented her since 1999, she was “considered as one of the most influential painters in contemporary abstract art”, having managed to capture “the attention of younger generations such as Jessica Stockholder and Bernard Piffaretti”. Jaffe’s works are found in the permanent collections of a number of renowned institutions such as the MoMA, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Centre...

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Impressive exhibition archives on the MoMA web site

For one year now, the MoMA in New York has been digitalising thousands of exhibition photos. It has now revealed these images covering 87 years of museum experience and history. Cybernauts can visit the MoMA web site to see around 33,000 installations and 800 catalogues as well as other documents relating to approximately 3,500 exhibitions, held between 1929 and 1989 – documents previously reserved to researchers only. It comes as no surprise that the artist whose presence is the strongest in the MoMA exhibitions is Picasso – popping up in a total of 320...

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BFI London Film Festival honours McQueen

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced that Steve McQueen has been chosen to receive the BFI fellowship at the awards ceremony of the BFI London Film Festival, to be held on 15 October. Awarded yearly, the BFI fellowship, established in 1983, is a prestigious distinction for film artists. Steve McQueen is being recognised for his exceptional contribution to cinematographic culture, both as an artist and a filmmaker, with his three award-winning films: Hunger (2008), Shame (2011) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). This honour crowns an already heavily honoured career that scored Mcqueen an OBE in 2002, then a CBE in 2011. Apart from his critically acclaimed feature films, McQueen is also known for winning the Turner Prize in 1999. His work has been exhibited worldwide, in venues including the MoMA, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, as well as several Venice Biennales, where he represented Great Britain in...

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