• February 20, 2008

    Date posted: February 20, 2008 Author: jolanta

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    International Top News

     Supreme Court in Japan Upholds Mapplethorpe

    Supreme Court of Japan on Tuesday overruled a 2003 Tokyo High Court
    decision and decided that “Mapplethorpe,” a book of erotic photographs
    by Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-89), shown at right in a self-portrait,
    did not violate obscenity laws, The Associated Press reported. The
    decision should pave the way for sale of the book in Japan for the
    first time in eight years. (The New York Times, February 20, 2008)

     Italian Police Recover Dozens of Looted Items

    Police in Rome have recovered dozens of looted artifacts as part of an
    investigation of 31 people who allegedly operate a European
    art-trafficking ring in Italy and France, reports the Associated
    Press.  Among the recovered objects is a fresco stolen in the 1970s and
    believed to belong to the first century A.D. villa of the Emperor
    Nero’s wife Poppea near Pompeii. (Artinfo, February 20, 2007)

    Openings and Art Events on Thursday, February 21

    New York:

    –Empire” John Powers @ Virgil de Voldère Gallery  6PM- 9PM
    –I Can Give You What You Want: Ry Fyan @ Perry Rubenstein Gallery  6PM-8PM
    –Entre el Aliento y Saliva: Ana Garcés Kiley @ Latin Collector 
    –Michel François @ Bortolami  6PM
    –The Drawings: John Manteiro @ Pleiades Gallery  5PM-8PM


    Facto:  Ebony Patterson, Michael Pierzynski, Erica Eyres, Nicholas
    Kahn, Richard Selesnick, Jennifer Nehrbass, Charlie Roberts and Joe
    Biel @ Sam Francis Gallery 
    Santa Monica, California  6PM-8PM
    –I Must Confess: Trevor Southey @ Warnock Fine Arts  San Francisco, CA 5:30 PM
    –Recurrent Association: Phil Holt @ Lower Haters  San Francisco, CA 7PM-11PM

    –Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia @ Tate Modern London, England 10AM- 6PM

    Art Fair and Biennial Reminders from Art Fairs International

    – Utrecht Manifest, November 24, 2007–February 11, 2008, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    – Anima, February 1–9, Brussels, Belgium
    – Palm Beach | America’s International Fine Art & Antique Fair,
    February 1–10, West Palm Beach, Florida
    – Art Rotterdam, February 7–10, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    – Berlin International Film Festival, February 7–17, Berlin, Germany
    – International Festival Sarajevo, February 7–March 21, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
    – Art Innsbruck, February 8–11, Innsbruck, Austria
    – Miami National Antique Show + Sale, February 8–10, Miami, Florida
    – Pavillon of Arts and Design NY, February 8–11, New York, New York
    – Petersfield Antiques Fair, February 8–10, Petersfield, United Kingdom
    – The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show, February 8–10, San
    Francisco, California

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