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Jewels Online: The London Edit

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 5 giugno 2022

LONDON – Christie’s presents Jewels Online: The London Edit, open for bidding from 6 to 16 June. The auction features a beautiful array of jewellery ranging from the early 19th century to present day, including a spectacular antique natural pearl and diamond brooch, alongside signed jewels from notable houses such as Garrard, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, Hemmerle and Bulgari. A pair of Graff diamond earrings, donated by J.K. Rowling, will be offered to benefit her children’s charity Lumos. The jewels will be on view at Christie’s King Street from the 7 to 15 June. The auction opens with a pair of impressive Graff diamond ‘Waterfall’ earrings (estimate: £30,000 – 50,000), offered on behalf of J.K. Rowling to benefit her children’s charity Lumos. The earrings will be presented with a signed edition of J.K. Rowling’s 2021 bestseller The Christmas Pig, in which a pair of diamond earrings feature, and a sealed personal message from the author to the successful buyer. Lumos is an international charity fighting for every child’s right to a family by transforming care systems around the world, working to end institutionalisation. Founded by J.K. Rowling in 2005 and named after the light giving spell in Harry Potter, Lumos sheds light on the root causes of family separation — poverty, conflict and discrimination — and demonstrates that children can safely be reunited with families.Further highlights of the auction include a late 19th century pearl and diamond brooch (estimate: £70,000 – 90,000) dating to the 1880s, alongside a striking Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet (estimate: £40,000 – 60,000), demonstrating the bold geometric designs of this defining era in jewellery.A beautiful offering of signed jewels feature a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond ‘Ludo Hexagone’ bracelet (estimate: £30,000 – 40,000), circa 1940, alongside a diamond necklace by Garrard showcasing a pear-shaped diamond of 4.78 carats (estimate: £170,000 – 220,000). A fancy intense yellow diamond ring of 12.56 carats by Ritz (estimate: £120,000 – 150,000) will also be presented.

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Auction Highlights Exhibition, part of London Now

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 Maggio 2022

London Christie’s is pleased to announce two Andy Warhol screen prints of Queen Elizabeth II, on view within The Art of Literature: Auction Highlights Exhibition, part of London Now, taking place from 6 – 14 June.Created in 1985, Warhol’s Reigning Queens series brought together four ruling monarchs, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The series was issued in two editions, a standard edition of forty, and a Royal Edition of thirty with diamond dust. (Illustrated on page 1 right, blue screen print), Queen Elizabeth II, from: Reigning Queens (Royal Edition), 1985, (estimate £200,000-300,000) and (illustrated on page 1 left, red screen print), Queen Elizabeth II, from: Reigning Queens (Royal Edition), 1985, (estimate £250,000-350,000) both from the ‘diamond dust’ Royal Edition. The source image for Warhol’s celebrated portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II was the official photograph taken by the Royal photographer Peter Grugeon (1918-1980), released for the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 The two works are on view in parallel with the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, commemorating her coronation in June 1953. Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service, as well as being the third longest reigning monarch in the world and the longest-reigning female monarch in history.Andy Warhol is very much in the news, following the recent record breaking sale on 9 May 2022 at Christie’s New York, where the Shot Sage Blue Marilyn by Andy Warhol sold for $195 million from The Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann Evening Sale, establishing it as the most expensive 20th century artwork to sell at auction. Both works will be offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art sale on 1 July at Christie’s London.

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London to Paris Sale Series with Marc Chagall, Colour of Life

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 Maggio 2022

LONDON AND PARIS ‘Marc Chagall, Colour of Life: Works Formerly from the Artist’s Estate’ will launch Christie’s June 20/21 London to Paris sale series. Originating from the artist’s estate, the 22 works presented in the sale will be offered for the first time. The collection will be unveiled with six lots in Paris. Highlights will travel to Hong Kong from 21 to 26 May then on to New York, before returning to London where the full selection will then be on view from 22 to 28 June 2022. The sale on 28 June will be the first in a series of global sales, offering the artist’s work in dedicated platforms in Christie’s international salerooms as well as online-only auctions. Central to Chagall’s vision were a number of recurring themes, concerns and leitmotifs, which fascinated and beguiled him endlessly, reappearing in various forms and guises across the decades. The selection of works in ‘Marc Chagall, Colour of Life: Works Formerly from the Artist’s Estate’ explores several key strands that dominated his oeuvre: the rhythms and rituals of the town of his youth; the dazzling, tragicomic world of the circus; the heroic figures of myth, legend and religion; the universal questions of identity and legacy; and above all else, the enduring power of love, which was transformative for his own life.

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Announcing London now a Festival of Art & literature

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 Maggio 2022

London – Christie’s announces London Now, an innovative summer season of exhibitions, events and auctions taking place during June and July 2022 at its headquarters in the historic heart of London’s St. James’s. London Now will celebrate the capital as a global cultural hub, recognising the part London has played throughout the centuries bringing together artists, writers, poets and art lovers, a role it continues to play. Honouring London’s unique identity and vibrant diversity, the London Now festival calendar will feature specially programmed exhibitions, talks and events free to attend and open to the public under the banner of The Art of Literature.The Art of Literature: Auction Highlights Exhibition will run from 6 to 15 June, encompassing a selection of outstanding lots from Christie’s auctions during June and July. In addition there will be The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition which will run from 6 June to 15 July. Both exhibitions will be curated to present the finest examples of works from categories including books, antiquities, 20th and 21st Century Art, Decorative Arts and Old Masters. Works of art will be united with the novels, poetry, drama and stories which have inspired them, and which they, in turn, have inspired. Curated by Christie’s next-generation of specialists, the exhibitions will seek to engage and provoke discussion.Furthermore Christie’s is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with English PEN, one of the world’s first human rights organisations, on a landmark philanthropic literary auction to raise proceeds for the charity. First Editions, Second Thoughts an online sale taking place from 28 June to 12 July will offer prized first editions, uniquely annotated, illustrated or supplemented, by over 80 leading authors and artists of our time. Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Bernardine Evaristo and Edmund de Waal amongst many distinguished authors have added their handwritten thoughts, notes or illustrations within these remarkable books.

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London Book Fair

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 aprile 2022

Londra. dal 5 al 7 aprile a Londra nello storico Centro espositivo Olympia. L’Italia è presente, oltre che con i singoli espositori, con uno stand collettivo (stand 6F30) di 125 metri quadrati realizzato dall’ICE-Agenzia per la promozione all’estero e l’internazionalizzazione delle imprese italiane in collaborazione con l’Associazione Italiana Editori (AIE) e, in cui espongono 17 editori: 24 ORE Cultura, Bibliolibrò, Corraini Edizioni, E/O Edizioni, Edizioni EL, EDRA, Erickson, Gingko Edizioni, Graphofeel Edizioni, Gremese-L’Airone, Gruppo Albatros – Europe Books, Lexis Compagnia Editoriale in Torino, Hoepli, Mondadori, Reggio Children, Silvia Vassena @ Milano/Acoma Books, Voland.Sono trentuno gli editori e agenti letterari italiani presenti alla London Book Fair, tra i principali appuntamenti internazionali per lo scambio dei diritti Grazie alle misure straordinarie per l’emergenza Coronavirus messe in atto da ICE – Agenzia per supportare l’internazionalizzazione delle aziende italiane, le aziende italiane presenti alla collettiva partecipano con un modulo espositivo a titolo gratuito. L’ultima edizione in presenza della London Book Fair nel 2019, prima dello stop dovuto alla pandemia, ha registrato la partecipazione di oltre 25.000 visitatori provenienti da ogni parte del mondo.

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NTT inaugura il settimo sito data center di Londra

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 febbraio 2022

La divisione Global Data Centers di NTT Ltd., riconosciuta tra i Leader nel MarketScape Worldwide Data Center Colocation and Interconnection Services 2021 Vendor Assessment1 di IDC, sta continuando a estendere la propria copertura globale di data center interconnessi per rafforzare la propria dorsale digitale nel mercato londinese. Lo scorso dicembre, NTT aveva annunciato l’apertura del suo settimo data center a Londra, situato Hemel Hempstead che, nella fase 1, forniva metà della piena capacità e che prevedeva l’aggiunta di 9.600m² e di 24 MW a completamento della struttura. NTT sta inoltre pianificando investimenti per estendere la capacità del proprio data center di Dagenham, East London, aperto nel 2020. Attualmente, i data center di NTT di Londra forniscono una capacità operativa di oltre 53 MW. Questi piani di investimento consentiranno a NTT di estendere la propria capacità fino a più di 120 MW nel solo mercato di Londra, quando i siti Hemel Hempstead 4 e London 1 verranno completati. Realizzare data center all’interno di un mondo digitale è una delle principali priorità di NTT. Come tutti i data center presenti in UK, Hemel Hempstead 4 utilizza energie rinnovabili al 100% ed è stato progettato per ridurre al minimo il consumo di acqua (WUE). Inoltre, il data center London 1 possiede le credenziali di elevata sostenibilità ed è l’unico grande data center del Regno Unito ad aver ricevuto la certificazione di eccellenza BREEAM2, un traguardo importante riconosciuto a livello mondiale, che valuta procurement, progettazione, costruzione e operatività di un progetto basato su standard di performance internazionali. Il Data Center London 1 è situato a sole 10 miglia a est della città di Londra, vicino alle Docklands, l’hub Internet del Regno Unito e dorsale per la connettività globale, che facilita la maggior parte dei London Internet Exchanges (LINX’s). Le Docklands di Londra sono state un hub Internet per la città con ingenti investimenti, negli ultimi dieci anni, a beneficio di data center ormai obsoleti. L’investimento di NTT nell’East London supporta il comparto dei servizi finanziari, dei media e del tech durante il loro percorso di trasformazione digitale. Londra rappresenta oggi il principale motore di crescita del settore fintech in tutta EMEA. NTT connette anche i suoi data center di Dagenham, Hemel Hempstead e Slough con il London Stock Exchange. Questo dà vita a un hub londinese connesso in fibra che è completamente integrato con altre strutture data center globali di NTT, rafforzando la propria offerta di servizi per supportare la significativa domanda per un ambiente IT ibrido, sicuro, altamente disponibile, scalabile e sostenibile. I clienti di NTT possono beneficiare delle tecnologie multi-duct e high fiber count rese disponibi da molteplici fornitori locali e internazionali, così come della fibra diretta e delle capacità di connettività a tutti i principali hub di trasporto. Questo include Docklands e Slough, nonché i principali ecosistemi cloud, Internet e finanziariari. La connettività offerta dall’hub londinese di NTT al Global Data Center Interconnect (GDCI) di NTT – un servizio di rete globale integrato – offre una rete di data center interregionale e una connessione privata sicura ai principali fornitori di servizi cloud. Con l’accelerazione della trasformazione digitale, la dorsale digitale di NTT abilita soluzioni ottimali di attivazione e disattivazione e di backup e ripristino di emergenza.

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Shanghai to London Sales Series Announced

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 gennaio 2022

SHANGHAI AND LONDON – Launching the 20/21 Marquee Sale Weeks in 2022, Christie’s March season will establish a dialogue between the cities of London and Shanghai. The 20/21 Shanghai to London series of auctions will take place on 1 March 2022, beginning with the 20th / 21st Century: Shanghai Evening Sale before moving to the 20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale and concluding with The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale. This initiative continues Christie’s pioneering commitment to Shanghai with the auction inaugurating the new office and gallery spaces at BUND ONE, No. 1 East Zhongshan Road. Christie’s remains the only international auction house to be authorised to hold sales in Mainland China and this will mark our first in the city since the pandemic began. The 20/21 Shanghai to London series of sales will also be live and livestreamed to our salerooms in Hong Kong and New York. Highlights from each of the three sales within the Shanghai to London series will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Christie’s announces an open call to London

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 ottobre 2021

London. Christie’s announces an open call to London-based artists to participate in Next at Christie’s: London 2022, a physical and virtual non-commercial exhibition of work by the next generation of artists, which will take place in January 2022. The call for artists is open until 9 November and follows the appointment of two London-based curators, Sasha Shevchenko and Pia Zeitzen, who met while undertaking an MFA Curating at Goldsmiths University. They subsequently formed a curatorial collective, co-developing a practice focused on transcribing theoretical notions into exhibitions as collaborative settings. Additionally Christie’s Education has awarded Sasha and Pia scholarships, alongside two further curatorial candidates, on the Christie’s Education Art Business Masterclass Certificate. Sasha Shevchenko and Pia Zeitzen, Co-curators Next at Christie’s: “As an existing curatorial collective of two international and recently graduated curators, we are excited to have been appointed by Christie’s for this opportunity. Next at Christie’s: London 2022 not only allows us to experiment with our own practice, but enables us to connect individuals, build a community and provide a space of expression for a diverse group of artists. The concept of this upcoming exhibition will address the absurdity of contemporary reality by letting it infiltrate its artistic and curatorial expression. In doing so, it aims to collectively envision alternative modes of meaning-making.” The exhibition presents an exciting opportunity for emerging curators and artists looking to jumpstart their careers in the art world. Applicants must not be represented by a commercial gallery and must either be currently studying or have graduated within the last five years. Christie’s welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, and are looking for candidates who represent ‘new’ talent.

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20th / 21st Century – Evening Sale Including Thinking Italian, London is Now Online for Browsing

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 ottobre 2021

London. Christie’s 20th / 21st Century: Evening Sale Including Thinking Italian, London, coinciding with Frieze Week, brings together iconic works by artists from the 20th century whose defining influence can be seen on the artists and artistic movements that subsequently followed in the 21st Century. Together, across the two centuries, these artists radicalised artistic practice, challenging what had come before to continually diversify the trajectory of art throughout the last 140 years.Katharine Arnold, Co-Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s, Europe: “Frieze week is a time when London celebrates the best of 20th and 21st century art and we are delighted to be welcoming collectors back in person to the city and to Christie’s. In our galleries, we will be showcasing more than 70 years of art history, headlined by our 20th / 21st Century: Evening Sale Including Thinking Italian. The auction kicks off with Cecily Brown’s There’ll be bluebirds, 2019, fresh from her Blenheim Palace show and being offered as part of Artists for ClientEarth: a landmark new collaborative initiative between Christie’s and the Global Climate Coalition, designed to propel the art world in the fight against climate change. The sale continues with the fresh talent of Julie Curtiss, Shara Hughes, Hilary Pecis, Emily Mae Smith and Claire Tabouret. It also features three important British paintings by David Hockney, Peter Doig and Hurvin Anderson. These are placed alongside Italian masters Lucio Fontana, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri and Piero Manzoni. Alongside our Day Sale and First Open auctions, we will also be presenting No Regrets: The Collectors’ Edition, an online sale with works starting at £100, making contemporary art fun and accessible to everyone. At the same time as our auctions, we are hosting a series of collaborative exhibitions: Aindrea Emelife has curated ‘Bold, Black & British’, a survey of Black British artists, spanning the 1980s through to recent graduates; Christine Eyene presents 1-54: Redefining the Trend – Histories in the Making, providing visitors with an overview of contemporary African art practise and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and artist Stanley Donwood offer an immersive experience at Christie’s with paintings, lyrics and digital artworks based on the album artwork from Kid A. It will be an exciting start to October and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to King Street.”

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An Exhibition for Fine Arts Graduates in London

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 agosto 2021

London. Christie’s announces Next at Christie’s: London 2022, a physical and virtual non-commercial exhibition of work by the next generation of artists. The public exhibition, which will take place over two weeks in January 2022 at Christie’s London Headquarters, presents an exciting opportunity to an up-and-coming curator and emerging artists looking to jumpstart their careers in the art world. A curator will first be selected via open call, and will need to be innovative, creative, and open-minded. Applicants must either be currently studying or have graduated within the last five years, and should be based in or have ready access to London. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and are looking for candidates who represent ‘new’ talent. Christie’s will give the winning curator or curatorial team the necessary guidance and resources to organise the exhibition. Additionally, Christie’s Education will sponsor a parallel programme of courses on cutting edge contemporary art and the art of curation. Dirk Boll, Christie’s President, EMEA: “In support of the thriving art ecosystem, Christie’s is delighted to present Next at Christie’s: London 2022, to provide a platform to a diverse group of young curators and artists. The call for curators is open and we look forward to working closely with the successful applicant to present this exciting public exhibition, showcasing the talents of the next generation of artists.” Applications for the curator role will be open until 3 September, and news regarding the curator appointment and selection process for artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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20th/21st Century: London to Paris Evening Sale Series is now Online for Browsing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 giugno 2021

London to Paris Livestreamed Evening Sale Series is anchored around the culturally dynamic cities of London and Paris, taking place on 30 June 2021 ‘London to Paris’ will present iconic works by artists who defined the diverse and influential movements that shaped the 20th century, situating them alongside those working throughout the last 20 years who have continued to radicalise artistic practice in the 21st century The London to Paris Livestreamed Evening Sale Series, incorporating Christie’s salerooms in Hong Kong and New York, will encompass the 20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, 20th/21st Century: Collection Francis Gross, and the 20th/21st Century: Paris vente du soir

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100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 aprile 2020

London Online-only, 12-28 May 2020. 100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery is Christie’s fourth in a series of collaborative auctions with the Saatchi Gallery. For the latest edition, the auction will move to an online-only platform, affording collectors globally with an opportunity to acquire works of art from their home. Each piece has been selected to reflect the Saatchi Gallery’s role in cultivating artists at the beginning of their career, providing insight into one of the most prestigious international collections. Estimates range from £1,000-15,000, attractive price points for seasoned and entry-level collectors alike. HANDPICKED: 100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery will be open for bidding from 12 to 28 May 2020.Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe, Christie’s: “Christie’s and the Saatchi Gallery have enjoyed a close collaborative relationship for a number of years and our fourth dedicated HANDPICKED auction of 100 works from the collection will be offered online-only in May. This allows us to showcase these emerging artists to a global audience who can view and bid for works from the comfort of their home, something which resonates globally at present. Over several decades The Saatchi Gallery has played a key role in supporting new talent, inspiring collectors, curators and gallerists alike, and this is an opportunity to gain insight into their collecting strategy and acquire a piece of their unique art history. ‘HANDPICKED: 100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery’ is an auction for the curious; for those who wish to build their own collection and for those keen to explore artists early in their career. We look forward to welcoming existing and new clients alike to our virtual platform.”
The Saatchi Gallery commented: “The Saatchi Gallery is delighted to be working with Christie’s to curate an inspiring selection from exciting talents, who have featured in Saatchi Gallery exhibitions in recent years. We love to showcase our artists and enjoy watching them grow to have successful international careers, and HANDPICKED is the perfect platform to present them.”

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The Art of the Surreal Evening Auction

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 gennaio 2020

London – Christie’s The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale will directly follow the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, launching ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ on 5 February 2020. The Surreal season is highlighted by René Magritte’s poetic masterpiece A la rencontre du plaisir (Towards Pleasure) (1962, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000, illustrated above, left), which has remained in a private collection for over 50 years and has never been offered on the market until now. A total of seven paintings by Magritte are presented, spanning his oeuvre from 1928-62 with estimates ranging from £350,000 to £8,000,000. Further highlights include a new discovery, Salvador Dalí’s Sans titre, bateau à voiles dans la baie de Port Lligat (1960, estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000), as well as Max Ernst’s Paysage-effet d’attouchement (1934-35, estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000), and Francis Picabia’s Ligustri (1929, estimate: £2,200,000-2,800,000).The Day and Works on Paper sales will follow on 6 February together with the online-only sale dedicated to Picasso Ceramics, which is open for bidding from 30 January to 7 February 2020. The works will be on view in the King Street galleries from 30 January to 5 February 2020.

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Christie’s to Offer Marina Abramović’s Mixed Reality Work ‘The Life’

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 novembre 2019

London – Christie’s will offer Marina Abramović’s seminal performance piece The Life – the world’s first Mixed Reality artwork – as a major highlight of its Frieze Week 2020 auction programme. Coinciding with Abramović’s show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, which is also the first time a woman has been selected for the main galleries in the institution’s 250+ year history, The Life is expected to be the first work of its kind to be presented at auction and is offered by Tin Drum, inc. in association with Abramović LLC. A ground-breaking fusion of art and technology, The Life was premiered at London’s Serpentine Gallery in February 2019. The 19-minute performance offers an intimate digital encounter with Abramović herself, experienced via wearable spatial computing devices. A hologram of the artist appears, proceeding to pace around a roped off five-metre circle before evaporating into thin air. Unlike Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality allows the other visitors and gallery space to remain visible at the same time, creating a unique interactive experience. Abramović’s pioneering use of this evolving technology reflects her longstanding interest in the limitations of the human body and mind: an enquiry that, since the 1970s, has given rise to one of the world’s greatest performance art practices. An international tour of the artwork will be announced by Christie’s in early 2020.Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe: “We are thrilled to offer The Life by Marina Abramović as a key highlight of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction during London’s Frieze Week. Abramović has long been considered a ground-breaking artist whose performances push boundaries and this is expected to be the first Mixed Reality artwork to come up for auction. Following an international tour in 2020, visitors to our King Street galleries will have the opportunity to experience, via wearable spatial computing devices, the artist walking in and around them virtually. The presentation will coincide with Abramović’s show at the Royal Academy of Arts.”Marina Abramović was recently interviewed by Christie’s Magazine about The Life where she stated that the theme of the work is immortality: “because you are there, preserved forever,” she says. Director of The Life, Todd Eckert, adds that “A hundred years beyond when anybody who ever knew [Marina] is alive, there will be people that will see her walk into the room and will feel that sense of connection, of human experience”.Eckert is the founder of Tin Drum, inc., the Mixed Reality production team behind The Life. Tim Drum, inc. specialises in using “volumetric photography of real people to create presentations of performance.” For The Life, Abramović was filmed with 32 cameras against a green screen, creating an authentic representation of the human form in motion. This process is currently only possible in a few studios worldwide.Todd Eckert gave a keynote speech to delegates at Christie’s Art + Tech Summit, held in Hong Kong on the morning of 21 November 2019.

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Proskauer Continues Private Funds Expansion with the Arrival of Regulatory Specialist Kirsten Lapham in London

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 novembre 2019

International law firm Proskauer announced today the arrival of Kirsten Lapham as a Partner in its market leading Global Private Funds Practice in London.
Kirsten advises on a variety of financial services regulatory and compliance issues. Her practice has a specific emphasis on the asset management sector, advising on the regulatory issues arising under the AIFMD and MiFID II for a range of EU and indirectly impacted firms outside of the EU. Uniquely, Kirsten also advises on the regulatory issues that impact M&A transactions, representing some of the largest and most well-known alternative investment managers. She joins from Ropes & Gray. Proskauer also welcomes Aranpreet Randhawa as Special Funds Counsel. Aranpreet advises fund managers on a range of matters, including fundraising and fund structuring, spin-outs, co-investments, secondary transactions, end of life restructurings and fund maintenance. She has led on multiple European fundraises of both onshore and offshore buyout, infrastructure and real estate funds. Prior to joining Proskauer, Aranpreet was with Linklaters and Kirkland and Ellis. Proskauer has announced a number of additions to its market-leading Private Funds Practice in recent months including Partners Leith Moghli and Warren Allen, and Special Counsels Brendan Gallen and Katerina Heal. The team has also enjoyed external recognition of late and was voted by the industry as Law Firm of the Year in Fund Structuring at last month’s Unquote Private Equity Awards, as well as Law Firm of the Year in Europe for Fund Formation in March by Private Equity International.

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Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) Launches in London

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 ottobre 2019

The Business Council for Peace (Bpeace), the award-winning nonprofit that provides impactful business advice to companies in conflict-affected communities, where women are underemployed and where it believes more jobs can cut the oxygen to violence, has launched a new UK recruitment hub. The U.S.-based 17-year old organization has a growing volunteer base from 14 countries, and the new UK hub will expand its ability to access potential volunteers and supporters in the UK and Europe.
“Skillanthropists” volunteer their skills and knowledge, both on-site and remotely, to help businesses in conflict-affected countries grow, create jobs, become more profitable and secure a future for their workers and communities. In 2018 Skillanthropists provided $2 million in probono consulting services that in turn generated $183 million in revenue which provided over 5,000 new jobs and supported more than 20,000 family members. A majority of the businesses advised by Bpeace Skillanthropists are women owned or led. Bpeace currently advises Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Syrian and Lebanese business owners.

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AM Best’s 2019 London Briefing to Focus on Shifting EMEA Insurance Market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 ottobre 2019

AM Best will host its annual Insurance Market Briefing – Europe and Methodology Review Seminar on Tuesday, 12 November 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (GMT) at etc.venues St. Paul’s in London.
John Neal, chief executive officer of Lloyd’s, will deliver the keynote presentation. This year’s market briefing also will offer thematic sessions on London Market distribution amid shifting trends, such as the growth of managing general agents and further broker consolidation. Insurers’ investment strategies will also be examined, with a discussion on what effect the trend of increased allocations to illiquid assets could have on insurers and their credit ratings. Catrin Shi, acting managing editor, The Insurance Insider, will moderate a panel discussion with AM Best and industry expert participants on the pace of insurance and reinsurance industry innovation and the effectiveness of companies in adapting to the rapid technological change. An update on AM Best’s draft innovation criteria procedure, “Scoring and Assessing Innovation,” will be presented as well.The annual afternoon seminar will review benchmarking analysis of EMEA insurers and look at what AM Best expects in terms of future methodology updates, highlighting how the rating agency is addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in the credit rating process, and how that might evolve.

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IBM Think Summit London

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 ottobre 2019

Cobalt Iron and Northdoor Ltd will sponsor, exhibit, and make a presentation at the upcoming IBM Think Summit London on Oct. 16 at the Olympia London event center. Scheduled for 12:39 p.m. as part of the Cloud and Infrastructure Think Tank, the presentation is titled “Machine Learning Meets Data Protection — the unstoppable force meets the immovable object?” The companies will be exhibiting in the Cloud and Infrastructure Campus. In the presentation, Rodney Foreman, chief revenue officer of Cobalt Iron, will discuss how groundbreaking new solutions for hybrid cloud deployments pair analytics with automation to eliminate many of the performance issues normally associated with managing a legacy data protection environment. Foreman will present what the “art of the possible” looks like for companies leveraging the next generation of SaaS data protection using Cobalt Iron’s Compass™ and IBM’s Spectrum Protect delivered by Northdoor IT.“Machine learning and data protection are a partnership made in heaven — or at least made in the cloud. Machine learning, analytics, automation, cloud, and SaaS have been aggressively deployed with massive success, delivering productivity, agility, and economic value across key IT disciplines,” said Foreman. “While previously overlooked, data protection is now being brought into the fold.”AJ Thompson, chief commercial officer for Northdoor, commented, “Progressive public sector, SMB, and global enterprises are rapidly deploying SaaS-based models to meet and exceed the new service levels being demanded by cloud-savvy and data-aware business executives. We’d like to invite Think Summit London attendees to join our panel of experts as they shine a light on this opportunity.”

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Christie’s Frieze Week Auctions Achieve

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 ottobre 2019

London – Christie’s Frieze Week achieved a total of £128,234,125 / $157,974,597 / €148,191,137 across four auctions. The week was launched by a dedicated auction of the remarkable private collection of Jeremy Lancaster on 1 October 2019. The exceptional Matthys-Colle Collection opened the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 4 October 2019 with further works sold in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction on 5 October. All works from the Matthys-Colle Collection were sold, achieving a total of £5,553,750 to date. Selected Works from the UniCredit Group offered across the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, as well as Thinking Italian were 100% sold by lot with a running total of £16,925,875, ahead of further works being offered in 2019 and 2020. The proceeds will primarily be used to support UniCredit’s Social Impact Banking and other relevant initiatives including the support of young artists. The international collecting community gathered at Christie’s during Frieze Week with registered bidders from 63 countries across 6 continents and over 20,000 visitors to our pre-sale exhibitions in King Street. A spirited response was seen to post-war works of exceptional provenance together with the rising stars of contemporary art. Twelve artist records were set in Christie’s saleroom with two further records in the medium.

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3rd Christie’s Middle Eastern Art Sale in London

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 settembre 2019

Dubai / London – Christie’s third ‘Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art’ auction to be held outside of Dubai will take place on 23 October and is included as part of the rich and traditional Islamic Art Week in London. Around ninety works of Middle Eastern art have been consigned from around the globe, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Dubai, Paris, Beirut, Buenos Aires, Milan, Perth and Casablanca, among others. The auction is mainly focused on modern Arab and Iranian works, with an emphasis on contemporary practice. Strong modern artists from the region include Louay Kayyali and Fateh Moudarres (Syrian), Manoucher Yektai (Iranian), Ismail Shammout (Palestinian), as well as strong selection of modern female artists, including Bibi Zogbé (Lebanense), Chaïbia Talal (Moroccan), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian), Zeinab Abd El Hamid (Egyptian) and Tahia Halim (Egyptian). Contemporary artists include Farhad Moshiri, Ali Banisadr, Reza Derakshani and Hadieh Shafie (Iranian) and Marwan Sahmarani (Lebanese).“A diversity of mediums, subject matter, geographies, and sale estimates characterise Christie’s third Middle East art sale in London, providing a global platform for art and artists from this ever-evolving region,” said Hala Khayat, Christie’s Director and Head of Sale in the Middle East. “From masterworks by some of Iran, Egypt, and Syria’s most celebrated artists to contemporary pieces from emerging talents, there is something compelling for every collector.”A work by the late Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1924-2019 – illustrated above), one of Iran’s most celebrated artists who passed away earlier this year, will highlight the auction. Executed in 2008, Untitled (Faravahar Wings, Zarathustra) is a beautiful and rare masterpiece inspired by the wings of Faravahar, one of the most common symbols of the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. Kaleidoscopic in its magnificent form, the work depicts a series of triangular mirrors that reflects light in every direction, touching upon the concept of the fravashi, which is part of the human soul acting as a divine blessing and entirely good. Standing in front of the work, the viewer can admire the abstracted and simplified version of the Faravahar, as Farmanfarmaian has broken it down to its foundational essence (estimate: £240,000-400,000). The inclusion of Farmanfarmaian’s piece in the auction coincides with major exhibitions of her work this year at the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In 2017 a dedicated museum to the artist opened in Tehran.

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