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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cruising Peachy: UNIQUE LOTUS EVORA SPORT 410 HONOURS ICONIC ESPRIT S1 Our Coverage Sponsored by Bergen Linen



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Representing the state of the supercar art, a one-off Evora Sport 410 has been commissioned through Lotus Exclusive as a tribute to one of its most famous ancestors, the Lotus Esprit S1.

Launched in October 2016, the Evora Sport 410 has wowed motoring press and customers with its combination of effortless pace and intuitive handling. With production limited to just 150 examples a year worldwide, the build schedule is filling up fast.

The benchmark was set by the original Lotus Esprit S1 as seen in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and Lotus’ in-house personalisation department has crafted a special, one-off Evora Sport 410 in commemoration.
Combining the latest in Lotus engineering with period details, the new pure-bred supercar takes design cues from the iconic Esprit and integrates them into a car with class-leading performance. Packing 410 hp into a car that weighs just 1,280 kg, it sprints from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 secs.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “So many of us recall the impact of the Lotus Esprit when it hit the big screen in The Spy Who Loved Me, and we wanted to honour that with a special Evora Sport 410. It’s the perfect tribute to such an influential Lotus, but a world away in terms of its abilities and performance. Supremely fast and agile, rivals’ cars look overweight and underpowered in comparison. Lotus was founded on the principle of lightweight engineering and, even today, nobody does it better.”
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The work of the in-house personalisation department, Lotus Exclusive, this one-off Evora Sport 410 features many unique design touches. A special, colour-coded bumper modifies the car’s front end, while the one-piece carbon-fibre tailgate is part keyed white to give the illusion of a traditional liftback. In addition to a black coach line, delineating the car’s waist, it sports a bespoke badge script on the B pillar - in the style of the original Esprit’s graphics.
Nods to the Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me continue inside, with the insert panels of the carbon-fibre sports seats and door cards trimmed in the popular heritage Tartan, while red contrast stitching complements the Alcantara® dashboard and console finish.

Beneath the personalisation, this unique car retains all the engineering elements that make the Evora Sport 410 so formidable. From the supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine, producing 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm, to the highly advanced aerodynamics, which deliver up to 64 kg of downforce, it’s designed to deliver both on road and track.

The Evora Sport 410 remains refined on B-roads, but blisteringly fast when needed. The use of hand-made carbon-fibre components has been key in keeping mass to a minimum, with each specifically designed to enhance the car’s performance. Covering the car from nose to tail, they include front splitter, revised front access panel, roof section, tailgate, rear quarter panels, as well as the rear diffuser.
These lightweight carbon components not only reduce the kerb weight of the Evora Sport 410 but also help lower the centre of gravity, allowing for the recalibration of the suspension, which, along with re-valved dampers and a reduced ride height, provide better body and roll control - but not at the expense of comfort and composure.
This one-off Evora underlines the work of the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive service. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, it inspires buyers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc continued, “Our customers have really embraced the Lotus Exclusive service, with 25% of new cars undergoing some form of personalisation. It is well established that Lotus cars come with benchmark performance as standard. Now, thanks to the skilled team at Hethel, responsible for hand building all Lotus cars since 1966, you can specify a Lotus that perfectly reflects your personal tastes.”
The Lotus Evora Sport 410 is limited to a global production run of one-hundred and fifty vehicles per year, and is on sale in Europe and rest of world markets now. A Federal version of the Evora Sport 410 for the North American market will arrive this spring.

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NHL Peachy: NHL Morning Skate — Feb. 17, 2017 Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know


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THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 4, NY Rangers 2
Ottawa 3, NEW JERSEY 0
PITTSBURGH 4, Winnipeg 3 (OT)
BUFFALO 2, Colorado 0
ST. LOUIS 4, Vancouver 3
MINNESOTA 3, Dallas 1
EDMONTON 6, Philadelphia 3
Arizona 5, LOS ANGELES 3

CROSBY BECOMES FASTEST ACTIVE PLAYER TO REACH 1,000 POINTS
Sidney Crosby collected 1-2—3 to become the 86th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points, capping the night with the overtime winner as the Penguins extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).

* Crosby (369-633—1,002) recorded his 1,000th NHL point while playing in his 757th career game to become the fastest active player to reach the milestone – six games fewer than Jaromir Jagr (763 GP) – and the 12th-fastest in League history.

* Crosby became the eighth active player to record 1,000 career points and the third to hit the mark this season, following Alex Ovechkin on Jan. 11 and Henrik Sedin on Jan. 20. He also became the third player to register 1,000 career points with the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (690-1,033—1,723) and Jagr (439-640—1,079).

* Crosby, who registered at least three points for the 118th time in his career, has averaged 1.32 points per game since beginning his career in 2005-06. Elias notes that only four players in NHL history scored at a higher rate (min. 500 GP): Wayne Gretzky (1.92), Mario Lemieux (1.88), Mike Bossy (1.50) and Bobby Orr (1.39).

* Elias notes that Crosby (29 years, 193 days) became the second-youngest active player at the time of his 1,000th career point, behind Jagr (28 years, 319 days) on Dec. 30, 2000.

McDAVID PICKS UP THREE POINTS, MAINTAINS SCORING LEAD
Connor McDavid (1-2—3) earned his 20th multi-point game of the season to help the Oilers (31-19-8, 70 points) move into a tie – in terms of points – with the Ducks (30-18-10, 70 points) for second place in the Pacific Division.

* With his performance, McDavid (19-47—66) maintained a two point lead over Sidney Crosby (31-33—64) in the Art Ross Trophy race. McDavid paces also paces all players with eight three-point outings this season.

* The Oilers, who finished with the fewest points in the Western Conference in 2015-16, tied their win (31) and point (70) totals from last season in only their 58th game of the campaign.

HOT STREAKS CONTINUE
The Blues, Islanders and Wild all posted victories to continue long stretches of success:

* Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) scored his 27th goal of the season and Kevin Shattenkirk tallied three assists to power the Blues (31-22-5, 67 points) to their season-high sixth straight victory. St. Louis has posted a 7-1-0 record under head coach Mike Yeo to open a five-point lead over the Predators (27-21-8, 62 points) for third place in the Central Division.

* Andrew Ladd scored twice as the Islanders (26-20-10, 62 points) improved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 home contests. Elias notes that the Islanders have earned points in 10 consecutive home games within a season for the first time since a 9-0-1 run from Dec. 16, 1989 – Jan. 28, 1990. New York sits one point back of Toronto (26-18-11, 63 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

* Erik Haula scored his third game-winning goal of the season to help the Western Conference-leading Wild (38-13-6, 82 points) improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. Minnesota earned its 38th victory of the season to match their total from the 2015-16 season (38-33-11, 87 points). They rank second in the overall NHL standings, two points back of the Capitals (39-11-6, 84 points); Washington, however, holds a game in hand.

CONDON, SENATORS NARROW GAP IN ATLANTIC
Mike Condon made 21 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season as the Senators (30-19-6, 66 points) moved within four points of the Canadiens (31-19-8, 70 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division (with three games in hand). Condon, who posted one shutout in his first 57 NHL contests, has earned five blank sheets in 31 games since joining Ottawa in November. Patrick Lalime (3x) is the only Senators goaltender to post more shutouts in a single season.

LOOSE PUCKS 
Patrik Laine scored his 27th goal of the season to move into a tie with Auston Matthews for the rookie lead . . . Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner (23 saves) earned his second shutout of the season . . . Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (0-6—6) . . . Kris Letang recorded three assists in his 600th game . . . Kings forward Adrian Kempe, the 29th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, made his League debut . . . Ducks forward Antoine Vermette was automatically suspended for 10 games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) . . . Stanley Cup champion Alex Tanguay has joined NHL Network as an on-air analyst . . .The Sabres held a screening of “Soul On Ice” as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month . . . LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers dropped the ceremonial puck as part of the Kings’ You Can Play night.

SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Pittsburgh @ Columbus, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, FS-O, ROOT, NHLN
Colorado @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m., FS-CR, ALT
Florida @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., SN1, PRIME, FS-F

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

AMY ADAMS, RIZ AHMED, JAVIER BARDEM, JOHN CHO, DWAYNE JOHNSON, FELICITY JONES, LESLIE MANN, JANELLE MONÁE, DAVID OYELOWO, EMMA STONE AND CHARLIZE THERON 11 MORE STARS SET TO PRESENT AT 89TH OSCARS® Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner


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Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced the third slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

The presenters, including past Oscar® winners and nominees, are Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron.

"No matter who you are or where you live, movies bring us together," said De Luca and Todd. "Through indelible, fearless performances these extraordinary actors help make it happen. We are thrilled to welcome them to the 89th Oscars stage."

Adams received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for "American Hustle" (2013). Additionally, she has earned four nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in "The Master" (2012), "The Fighter" (2010), "Doubt" (2008) and "Junebug" (2005). Her notable credits also include "Arrival" (2016), "Nocturnal Animals" (2016), "Big Eyes" (2014), "Her" (2013) and "Julie & Julia" (2009). Adams will next appear in "Justice League."

Ahmed appeared in the Oscar-nominated films "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016) and "Nightcrawler" (2014). Additionally, his credits include "Jason Bourne" (2016), "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (2013), "Ill Manors" (2012), "Day of the Falcon" (2011), "Centurion" (2010) and "Four Lions" (2010).

Bardem won an Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role for "No Country for Old Men" (2007). He has been nominated for Actor in a Leading Role twice, for "Biutiful" (2010) and "Before Night Falls" (2000). Bardem starred in the Oscar-winning films "Skyfall" (2012) and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008). Other notable credits include "The Counselor" (2013), "Eat Pray Love" (2010), "The Sea Inside" (2004) and "Mondays in the Sun" (2002). Bardem will appear next in "Escobar", "mother!" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."

Cho’s credits include the Oscar-winning film "Star Trek" (2009), as well as the Oscar-nominated films "Star Trek Beyond" (2016) and "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013). Additionally, Cho’s film credits include "Identity Thief" (2013), "Total Recall" (2012), "Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist" (2008), "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004) and "American Pie" (1999). He will next appear in "Gemini."

Johnson appears in the Oscar-nominated film "Moana" (2016). His recent feature credits also include "Central Intelligence" (2016), "Furious Seven" (2015), "San Andreas" (2015), "Hercules" (2014), "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (2013) and "Pain & Gain" (2013). Johnson will appear next in "Baywatch," "The Fate of the Furious" and "Jumanji."

Jones received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for "The Theory of Everything" (2014). She also appeared in the Oscar-nominated films "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016) and "The Invisible Woman" (2013). Jones’s feature credits also include "A Monster Calls" (2016), "Inferno" (2016), "Breathe In" (2014) and "Like Crazy" (2011).

Mann’s feature credits include the Oscar-nominated films "ParaNorman" (2012) and "Rio" (2011). Additionally, she has appeared in "The Comedian" (2016), "How to Be Single" (2016), "The Other Woman" (2014), "Rio 2" (2014), "This Is 40" (2012), "Funny People" (2009), "Knocked Up" (2007) and "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" (2005). Mann will next appear in "The Pact."

Actress and recording artist Monáe appears in the Oscar-nominated films "Hidden Figures" (2016) and "Moonlight" (2016). In addition, her credits also include a speaking role in the animated feature "Rio 2" (2014), for which she also contributed an original song. Monáe’s music was also used on the soundtracks for "Bad Moms" (2016), "The Equalizer" (2014), "Think Like a Man Too" (2014) and "Happy Feet 2" (2011).

Oyelowo’s credits include the Oscar-winning films "Selma" (2014), "Interstellar" (2014), "Lincoln" (2012) and "The Help" (2011) as well as the Oscar-nominated film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011). Additionally, he has appeared in "Queen of Katwe" (2016), "Five Nights in Maine" (2016), "Captive" (2015), "A Most Violent Year" (2014), "Lee Daniels’ The Butler" (2013) and "Jack Reacher" (2012). Oyelowo can currently be seen in "A United Kingdom" and will next appear in "God Particle."

Stone received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for "La La Land" (2016). Additionally, she garnered an Actress in a Supporting Role nomination for "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" (2014). Stone’s credits also include the Oscar-winning film "The Help" (2011) and the Oscar-nominated animated feature "The Croods" (2013). She has also appeared in "Irrational Man" (2015), "Magic in the Moonlight" (2014), "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (2014), "Gangster Squad" (2013), "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012), "Crazy, Stupid, Love" (2011), "Easy A" (2010) and "Zombieland" (2009). Stone will next appear in "Battle of the Sexes."

Theron won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for "Monster" (2003). Additionally, she garnered an Actress in a Supporting Role nomination for "North Country" (2005). Theron’s feature credits also include the Oscar-winning films "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015) and "The Cider House Rules" (1999) as well as the Oscar-nominated films "Kubo and the Two Strings" (2016), "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), "Prometheus" (2012) and "In the Valley of Elah" (2007). She will next appear in "The Fate of the Furious," "The Coldest City" and "Tully."

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, "The Oscars: All Access" live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Oscar.com.

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#MarsdenHartley Marsden Hartley's Artistic Engagement with His Home State of Maine Explored in Unprecedented Exhibition Our Coverage Sponsored by Table D’Hote

Marsden Hartley (American, 1877-1943). Canuck Yankee Lumberjack at Old Orchard Beach, Maine (detail), 1940-41. Oil on Masonite-type hardboard. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966. Photo by Cathy Carver

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Exhibition Dates:
March 15–June 18, 2017

Exhibition Location:
The Met Breuer, Floor 3

The exhibition Marsden Hartley's Maine, on view at The Met Breuer from March 15 through June 18, 2017, will showcase the American artist's lifelong artistic engagement with his home state of Maine. Approximately 90 paintings and drawings will illuminate his extraordinarily expressive range—from Post-Impressionist interpretations of seasonal change in inland Maine in the early 1900s to folk-inspired depictions, beginning in the late 1930s, of the state's hearty inhabitants, majestic coastline, and great geological icon, Mount Katahdin.

The exhibition is made possible by the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and the Jane and Robert Carroll Fund.
It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art.


Born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1877, Hartley became known for his peripatetic nature, especially his time spent in Paris and Berlin, where he participated in the European avant-garde. Over the course of his career, however, he returned to his home state repeatedly, painted Maine subjects while living abroad, and proclaimed himself the "painter from Maine" in the final chapter of his life. With the artist's place of origin as its focus, the exhibition will trace the powerful threads of continuity that run through Hartley's work and underlie many of his greatest contributions to American modernism. To Hartley, Maine was a springboard to imagination and creative inspiration, a locus of memory and longing, a refuge, and a place for communion with earlier artists who painted there, especially Winslow Homer, the most famous American artist associated with the state. Hartley died in Ellsworth, Maine, in 1943.

Hartley began his career by painting and exhibiting views of the state's western hills in a vibrant painterly style, seen in works such as The Silence of High Noon-Midsummer (1907–1908), which he debuted in 1909 at his first solo exhibition at Alfred Stieglitz's art gallery, 291. Hartley worshipped Paul Cézanne above all other modern painters; in emulation of Cézanne's legendary serial views of Mont Sainte-Victoire in his home of Aix-en-Provence, Hartley adopted Maine's Mount Katahdin as one of his key subjects beginning in 1939. One entire gallery of the exhibition will be devoted to Hartley's bold, audacious figure paintings, such as Madawaska-Acadian Light-Heavy (1940) and Canuck Yankee Lumberjack at Old Orchard Beach, Maine (1940–41). The unrefined sensuality of the figures evokes Walt Whitman's poetry, which the painter also admired. His depictions of working-class men are typically static, even saint-like in appearance. The Met's presentation of the exhibition will include select works from the Museum's collection by other artists who shaped Hartley's vision, including Cézanne, Japanese printmakers Hiroshige and Hokusai, and American painters Winslow Homer and Albert Pinkham Ryder.



Exhibition Credits and Related Programs

Marsden Hartley's Maine is co-curated by Randall Griffey, Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Elizabeth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art; and Donna M. Cassidy, Professor of American and New England Studies and Art History at the University of Southern Maine.

To accompany the exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will publish a fully illustrated catalogue featuring lead essays by the exhibition's co-curators with additional contributions by poet and theorist Richard Deming, Senior Lecturer in English and Director of Creative Writing, Yale University, who addresses Hartley's writings about Maine, and conservators Isabelle Duvernois and Rachel Mustalish, both of The Met, who provide new technical analyses of his art.

A series of related programs is planned in conjunction with the exhibition, including a lecture, exhibition tours, a series of talks, a Teen Studio Workshop, and a Picture This! program for adults who are blind or partially sighted.


The performance Ives & Hartley: Landscapes of Modernism-Sight and Sound Series with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now, will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 2 pm in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Met Fifth Avenue. In this orchestral set-titled "Ives's Three Places in New England and the Artwork of Marsden Hartley"-Connecticut-born composer Charles Ives sets out to evoke through music the atmosphere and history of three locations in New England. Marsden Hartley, his contemporary, was himself deeply attached to music. The artist returned to Maine in his final years and applied his modernist aesthetic to its landscapes. Tickets start at $30. Details available here.

The exhibition is featured on the Museum's website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the hashtag #MarsdenHartley.


Following its presentation at The Met, the exhibition will be on view at the Colby College Museum in Waterville, Maine, from July 8 through November 12, 2017.

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Vero Wine Bar Inaugural Review Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

From the Truffle Mac & Cheese, above, to the Seared Yellowfin Tuna, below, Vero Wine Bar is more than a sip of your favorite vino

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It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know and we know Sammy Musovic as we worked with him ages ago on another of his venues.  In November of 2013, he acquired Vero Wine Bar on the Upper East Side along with London native Toral Odedra, whom we were delighted to meet.  She tells us: "Here at Vero, Sammy and I are proud to honor the Italian language in 'Vero' which means true in Italian.  Both our wine and our cuisine reflect the authenticity of Italy in our exquisite neighborhood of the Upper East Side."  
We don't feature many wine bars on Whom You Know as we don't feel many are competitive with the restaurants we've recommended, but Vero boasts quality plates that impressed us on our first visit.  Under "Plates" you'll find Nona's Stuffed Meatballs, which we began with.  The duo of beef meatballs are enhanced with buffalo mozzarella, spicy tomato roasted pepper misto and pressed ciabatta toast comes on the side so you don't miss any of the sauce: a substantial side that we'd try again.
We were really impressed with the salad quality.  There are five salad options and we chose the Vero Chop, their signature edition.   It was well-chopped and proportionally the components made sense.  Romaine, feta, sweet onion, red pepper, tomato, cucumber, chickpea and currants teamed up with a refreshing lemon vinaigrette.  We liked the currant accent quite a lot and we don't see them often in salads but we should.
We absolutely love mac and cheese, no matter how sophisticated you may think we are, have become or will become.  Anyone that says that they don't like cheese and pasta together must be lying.  We like truffle anything even better, so the combination made this our favorite of the night.  Truffle Mac and Cheese is embellished with fabulous fontina and truffle oil and spirals of pasta make this an even more winning dish.  They use this truffle oil:
The Seared Yellowfin Tuna was the best presentation of the night in terms of plate arrangement: watercress, baby potato, hard boiled egg, pear tomato, and cracked olive dance in a wonderfully creative sherry-shallot vinaigrette that circles the lovely poisson.  What a beauty!  You are not going to see too many wine bars do a dish of this quality and we'd order this again.  The tuna was sublime and sliced to perfection along with the eggs.  We love eggs and they should be on more menus too.
A superbly creative antipasti that we really liked was the Truffle Egg Toast: pullman toast with a baked egg center topped with fontina cheese, truffle oil and grilled asparagus, which was the perfect touch of color and nutrition.
We look forward to seeing what Vero Wine Bar does next and other tricks up Sammy's sleeve.


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NATIONAL GALLERY in London:The Credit Suisse Exhibition: MICHELANGELO & SEBASTIANO 15 March – 25 June 2017 North Galleries Our Coverage Sponsored by Bergen Linen

Sebastiano del Piombo, Lamentation over the Dead Christ (Pietà), 1512–16, Museo Civico ©Comune di Viterbo.

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This spring the National Gallery presents the first ever exhibition devoted to the creative partnership between Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Sebastiano del Piombo (1455-1547), featuring exceptional loans, some of which have not left their collections for centuries.

Michelangelo & Sebastiano explores the complementary talents, yet divergent personalities, of the two artists. It encompasses approximately seventy works – paintings, drawings, sculptures and letters – produced by Michelangelo and Sebastiano before, during and after their association. Examples of their extensive, intimate correspondence offer us a unique insight into their personal and professional lives; their concerns, frustrations and moments of glory.

In 1511, Sebastiano, a young, exceptionally talented Venetian painter, arrived in Rome. He was quickly embroiled in the city’s fiercely competitive art scene. He met Michelangelo, who was working on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and the two quickly became friends and allies against the prodigious Raphael; another recent arrival whose star was rising with the most influential patrons in Rome. As the only oil painter in the city to rival Raphael, Sebastiano was an ideal collaborator for Michelangelo, who did not care for the medium but wanted to marginalise his younger competitor. For his part, Sebastiano profited immensely from Michelangelo’s drawings and conceptual ideas. Together they created several works of great originality and rare beauty.

Their friendship lasted over twenty-five years, far beyond Michelangelo’s long-term relocation to his native Florence (1516) and Raphael’s death (1520). It ended acrimoniously after Michelangelo’s permanent return to Rome to paint the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, apparently with an argument over painting technique. Their partnership unfolded during a remarkably dramatic time for Italy – one of revolution, war and theological schism, but also of great intellectual energy and artistic innovation.

A key loan to the exhibition is the Lamentation over the Dead Christ, also known as the Viterbo Pietà (about 1512–16) after the central Italian town where it resides. This painting is Michelangelo and Sebastiano’s first collaboration and eloquently represents their combined vision. Rarely seen outside of Italy, it is also the first large-scale nocturnal landscape in history, iconographically original for its separation of Christ from his mother’s lap.

In its time, the Viterbo Pietà was received with widespread praise, and on its merits Sebastiano garnered his next two major commissions, both of which were completed with Michelangelo’s input – the decoration of the Borgherini Chapel in S. Pietro in Montorio, Rome (1516–24) and The Raising of Lazarus (1517–19). The latter was painted in competition with Raphael’s great Transfiguration (now Vatican Museums) for the Cathedral of Narbonne, France, from which it was removed in the 18th century. The Raising of Lazarus eventually became part of the foundational group of paintings forming the National Gallery Collection in 1824, where it was given the very first inventory number, NG1.

Recent scientific research conducted at the National Gallery has provided new insights into the two artists’ respective work on The Raising of Lazarus. Infrared reflectography has revealed Sebastiano’s contribution to be more substantial and independent of Michelangelo’s influence than previously assumed. It is now understood that Michelangelo only intervened at a relatively advanced stage in the painting’s development, revising in drawings the figure of the revived Lazarus, which Sebastiano had already painted.

Among other exhibition highlights is The Risen Christ by Michelangelo, a larger-than-life-size marble statue carved by Michelangelo in 1514–15, generously lent by the Church of S. Vincenzo Martire, Bassano Romano (Italy). The Risen Christwill be shown with a 19th-century plaster cast after Michelangelo’s second version of the same subject (1528–21), which resides in – and never leaves – the S. Maria sopra Minerva, Rome. Never attempted before, this juxtaposition presents visitors with the first ever opportunity to see these statues side by side.

Sebastiano’s Visitation from the Louvre, Paris, and the Lamentation over the Dead Christ from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, will also leave their collections for the first time to travel to Trafalgar Square. The latter will be united with Sebastiano’s Christ’s Descent into Limbo (1516) from the Museo del Prado, Madrid, and Francisco Ribalta’s 17th-century copy of Sebastiano’s lost Christ Appearing to the Apostles. The three paintings will be presented in their original triptych format for the first time since they were separated in 1646.

To evoke the experience of seeing the works in situ, groundbreaking technology will be used to present a spectacular three-dimensional reproduction of the Borgherini Chapel in S. Pietro in Montorio, Rome. Using the most advanced digital imaging and reconstruction techniques, the National Gallery will bring the chapel to London for an immersive experience of the structure much as it was created.

“This is the first exhibition of its kind anywhere, and the first to showcase the work of Sebastiano in the UK. Although highly esteemed among collectors in the 19th century, Sebastiano has since slipped from our awareness in large part due to his close association with Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. I hope this will encourage a new look at this tremendously original artist, while highlighting an overlooked aspect of Michelangelo’s activity,” said Matthias Wivel, curator of The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano.

Director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, says “The exhibition introduces us into the very heart of High Renaissance Rome, where a new and heroic art was being forged. Against a background of war and religious conflict Michelangelo and Sebastiano produced works about life, death and resurrection which are among the most powerful and moving ever made. This is a unique opportunity to see an exceptional gathering of masterpieces.”

Since 2008, the National Gallery and Credit Suisse have been working together in a unique partnership, which provides a vital funding platform for the Gallery’s exhibitions and educational programmes. David Mathers, CEO of Credit Suisse International, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this landmark exhibition which allows visitors to study the extraordinary professional alliance and artistic friendship between Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo during the height of the Renaissance in the sixteenth century. The exhibition is particularly special because it features exceptional loans and will give visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy art treasures which have not left their collections for centuries.”

Opening hours

Location: North Galleries

Press view: 14 March 2017 (10.30am – 1.30pm)

Open to public: 15 March 2017

Daily 10am–6pm (last admission 5pm)

Fridays 10am–9pm (last admission 8.15pm)

Booking tickets

For advance tickets to Michelangelo & Sebastiano please visit nationalgallery.org.uk or call 0800 912 6958 (booking fee). You can also book tickets by post and in person from the Gallery. Overseas customers can contact us by dialling +44 020 7126 5573.


Admission

Full price – £18

Seniors/Concessions/Disabled visitors (carers FREE) – £14

Jobseekers/Students/Art Pass holders/12–18s – £7 

Under-12s (ticket required) – FREE

MEMBERS GO FREE

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Stephanie Stebich of Tacoma Art Museum Named Director of Smithsonian American Art Museum



Stephanie Stebich, executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Wash., since 2005, has been named The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, effective April 3. Stebich was assistant director at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Cleveland Museum of Art and served on the board of the Association of Art Museum Directors and currently serves on the board of the American Alliance of Museums.


"Stephanie brings a wealth of experience to the directorship of SAAM, having served in leadership roles in major and regional museums across America," said Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton. "She has the knowledge, skill and stellar reputation that will enable her to build on and extend the museum's marvelous success in the years ahead."

As head of the Tacoma Art Museum for almost 12 years, Stebich has raised funds for a major renovation that doubled the museum's exhibition space, developed and implemented a strategic plan as well as a 10-year collection plan. She increased the collection by 2,000 works of art, including the Haub Family Collection of Western American art and art of the Northwest. She added major pieces to form the largest collection of works in glass by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly on view in a museum. She also developed through gift and purchase the most important collection of studio art jewelry by artists from the Northwest and one of the nation's premier western American art collections.


Stebich is known to be an effective fundraiser-she launched a capital campaign with a goal of $17 million in 2010 and has raised more than $37 million to date. She increased the full-time staff by 20 percent and added endowed curator, educator and fellow positions in recent years. More than 100 exhibitions opened during Stebich's tenure, including Matika Wilbur's "Project 562," "Edvard Munch and the Sea" and "Art AIDS America" and traveling exhibitions of works by Norman Rockwell and Georgia O'Keeffe.


As a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors, Stebich chaired the membership committee leading a major effort to enhance diversity in museum leadership. As a trustee of the American Alliance of Museums, she chairs the global steering committee and is the incoming national program chair.


As assistant director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2001-2004), she was responsible for visitor services, public programs, interactive media and special events. Stebich also co-chaired a free city-wide festival of world arts.


During her six years at the Cleveland Museum of Art (1995-2001), Stebich coordinated the strategic and facilities planning processes in support of the director and board of trustees. She managed the architect selection process for the major expansion and renovation project.


"I am honored to have been chosen to lead the national museum of American art in our nation's capital," Stebich said. "I am eager to tell the inspiring stories of American art through the museum's phenomenal collections and dynamic programs. I look forward to working with the museum's talented staff and the other directors of Smithsonian museums."


Stebich grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y., and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. She received her bachelor's degree from Columbia University and her master's degree at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. In addition, she has a certificate in non-profit management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles. She was a fellow at the Guggenheim Museum and studied at the University of London's University College. She is fluent in German and French.


About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America's rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. More than 7,000 artists are represented in the collection, including major masters such as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Joseph Cornell, Jacob Lawrence, Carmen Herrera, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Kerry James Marshall, Nam June Paik and Irving Penn. In recent years, the museum has strengthened its commitment to contemporary art, and in particular media arts, through curatorial appointments, endowments, awards, acquisitions and commissions.


The museum has been a leader in identifying and collecting significant aspects of American visual culture, including photography, modern folk and self-taught art, African American art, Latino art and video games. The museum has the largest collection of New Deal art and exceptional collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings and masterpieces from the Gilded Age.


Its branch for contemporary craft and decorative art, the Renwick Gallery, is located in a National Historic Landmark building steps from the White House. A comprehensive two-year renovation (2014­-2015) included completely renewed infrastructure, enhanced historic features and other upgrades to the building that make it a 21st-century destination attraction. Since reopening in November 2015, the Renwick has pointed to new directions in the field of craft with a revitalized program that combines tradition with contemporary design and programming. The inaugural exhibition "WONDER" attracted more than 732,000 visitors in its eight-month run, and created a sensation on social media.

The museum has a strong reputation for supporting major exhibitions of new scholarship. Recent exhibitions organized by the museum include "The Civil War and American Art," "Nam June Paik: Global Visionary" and "40 under 40: Craft Futures." Currently, the museum is touring two major exhibitions-"Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" and "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty."


The museum maintains six online art-research databases with more than a half-million records, including the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture that document more than 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide and extensive photographic collections documenting American art and artists. An active publications program of books, catalogs and the critically acclaimed peer-reviewed journal for new scholarship American Art complements the museum's exhibitions and educational programs.


Last year, the museum surpassed its campaign goals for financial gifts and significant art gifts, a combined total of $105 million, with more than one year remaining in the campaign. The $65 million cash goal was exceeded by $3 million, with approximately one-third going to support the renovation of the museum's historic Renwick Gallery and the addition of a state-of-the-art education center in the museum's National Historic Landmark building, and another third enhancing the museum's endowments. The campaign will continue through 2017 with a focus on additional artworks and endowments to support curatorial, technology and education initiatives.


The search committee was chaired by Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian's Acting Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research and included Melissa Chiu, director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Jim Dicke, past chair, Smithsonian American Art Museum Commission; Steve Hamp, chair, National Portrait Gallery Commission; Betty MacMillan, past chair, Smithsonian American Art Museum Commission; Nion McEvoy, chair, Smithsonian American Art Museum Commission; Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum; and Carlos Tortolero, director, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. Robert Kogod, member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, served as an advisor to the committee.

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CES Asia 2017 on Track to Be Record Breaking Show Leading technology powerhouses from 13 countries are slated to exhibit in Shanghai, China

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM today announced that CES AsiaTM 2017 is set for another showstopping, record smashing year. Four months out from the third annual event, nearly 10,500 net square meters (112,902 net square feet) of exhibit space have been sold, up 10 percent from this time last year. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM and co-produced by Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd, CES Asia 2017 will take place June 7-9, 2017, in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). 

More than 200 notable companies are already slated to exhibit at CES Asia 2017, including Audio-Technica, Baidu, Continental Automotive Holding, Digital China, DJI, Fossil/Misfit, Garmin, Gibson Brands, Haier, Huawei, Intel, LeEco, Monster, NavInfo, Onkyo, OtterBox, Pioneer, Scosche, Suning, UPS, USPS, Valeo, Volvo, Voxx, Wacom and Yuneec. More information on exhibiting companies will be posted on CESAsia.com in the coming weeks. 

"CES Asia is a fast growing technology tradeshow," said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy, CTA. "The growth we've seen with this event is indicative of the rapidly growing Asian market and involvement of multiple technology industries debuting groundbreaking innovations. Our show is becoming a must-attend event for companies from around the world to launch new products and create lasting partnerships in the Asian market." 

Ultimately, CES Asia 2017 is expected to draw more than 30,000 attendees and more than 1,100 global media to cover some 450 exhibiting companies showcasing innovation across 19 product categories, including major growth areas such as drones, the Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality. 

Registration for CES Asia 2017 is now open. For more information on how to exhibit or register, please visit CESAsia.com

About CES Asia:
Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM and co-produced by Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd (Shanghai Intex), CES Asia is the premier event for the consumer technology industry, showcasing the full breadth and depth of the innovation value-chain in the Asian marketplace. Key global businesses come to this new event to grow and reinforce their brand by showcasing the latest products and technologies to consumer tech industry executives, foreign buyers, international media and a limited number of consumers from China. Attendees have exclusive access to some of the largest brands from China and around the world, while celebrating the innovation that defines the consumer technology sector.

About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.

About Shanghai Intex:
Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd was originally the exhibition organizing business of Shanghai Intex, a pioneering exhibition organizer established in 1995. Shanghai Intex is jointly overseen by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Shanghai and PNO Exhibition Investment (Dubai) Limited. Starting in 1998, Shanghai Intex has organized over 100 trade shows and conferences with a sum total exhibition space in excess of 2 million sqm. Shanghai Intex is comprised of professional teams with a wealth of experience in organizing major international events, covering the creative industry, healthcare, lifestyle, advanced manufacturing and consumer electronics.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LIFETIME CELEBRATES NEW YORK FASHION WEEK WITH BEHIND THE SEAMS, A PHOTO EXHIBIT AT MILK GALLERY SHOT BY PHOTOGRAPHER CHRISTELLE DE CASTRO Timbaland and Artists from All-New Series, THE POP GAME To Perform at Milk JamRoom on February 16 Network Opens Fashions Doors to Women with On-Air, Online and Social Content Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

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As part Lifetime’s new brand mission to celebrate “The Power of Possibility,” the network is launching a multi-platform effort to bring fashion week to millions of women across the country. Components of the effort include new original content on broadcast and, digital and social platfroms, in addition to an on-the-ground two-day celebration at Milk with a provocative photo exhibit, Behind the Seams, and performance featuring Timbaland.

“Lifetime has been a fixture of NYFW with Project Runway for nearly a decade. Now, with new efforts to expand our presence in fashion, Lifetime’s Behind the Seams seeks to highlight the unsung heroes who help some of fashion’s elite bring their art to life on the catwalk,” said Amanda Hill, CMO of A+E Networks.

AT FASHION WEEK

Lifetime will host a photography exhibit, Behind the Seams, at Milk Gallery open to the public on February 16 from 12pm-6pm. Photographed by New York-based photographer and director Christelle de Castro, the project celebrates the industry’s unseen craftswomen who inspire and support the biggest names in fashion. The striking photo series spotlights the cadre of unsung heroes of NYFW: the cobblers, seamstresses, set designers, muses and the security guards, among others, whose drive and expertise power American fashion's most important gathering.

The women featured in the exhibit include:

· Elisa Ferri - Manicurist 

· Tziporah Salamon – Model and Fashion Icon

· Tracey Claudette - Security Guard

· Jasmine Amandla - Menswear Designer

· Nicole Saldana - Designer 

· Maria Del Greco - Tailor

· Genevieve Dinouart - Pattern Maker and Draper

· Tiffany Patton - Makeup Artist

· Janneth Loja - Cobbler

· Anna Karlin – Set, Product, Furniture and Jewelry Designer

Highlighting the intersection of fashion and music, Milk JamRoom will also host a special performance session featuring the new musical talent from Lifetime’s The Pop Game on February 16. With a special appearance by music icon Timbaland, the five artists featured in the series will each perform an original song from the show. The Pop Game debuts on February 21 at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime.


ON LIFETIME AIR AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS

Throughout NYFW, Lifetime will feature fashion-themed video content on-air and online on mylifetime.com. The site will also feature exclusive new content showcasing the world of fashion. To top it off, fashion takes over social media on Lifetime with curated partnerships, memorable fashion moments and inspirational quotes.



ABOUT CHRISTELLE DE CASTRO
De Castro is renowned for her iconic images of musicians and designers and their muses. Her love of portraiture and devotion to feminism and social justice sews a common thread throughout her personal and commercial work. Her photographs are uniquely intimate and her films are empowering and wildly playful. De Castro's work has been exhibited at The Showroom NYC, Company Gallery (formerly Capricious), The Museum of Art & Design, and The Filipino American Museum. Behind the Seams is de Castro's second New York City solo show. Her work has been published in V Magazine, i-D, Wonderland, The Fader, Nylon, and many of fashion’s most daring outlets. 


About MILK
Milk stands at the crossroads of the fashion, music, photographer and film worlds. A creative, content and media company based out of New York and Los Angeles, Milk spans contemporary culture and is a hub for nurturing creativity and supporting partnerships with some of the industry’s most visionary talent and innovative brands.

ABOUT LIFETIME
Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. The critically acclaimed UnREAL, Project Runway, Dance Moms, Bring It!, The Rap Game and Little Women franchises anchor the network’s programming, in addition to its over 25 original movies annually that continue to define the TV movie genre. In 2015, Lifetime launched Broad Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers to make its content which totals over 450 original hours. Lifetime’s Fempire positions the network as a curator of feminist content and conversations, as well as a place where women connect, learn and are entertained. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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