Manuscript of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 set for London sale
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - An autograph manuscript score of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 that had been presumed lost for half a century will be sold at auction in May, Sotheby's said on Thursday. The pre-sale estimate for the manuscript of one of the most important compositions in the Russian romantic repertoire is between 1 million and 1.5 million pounds ($1.68-2.52 million), the auction house said in a press release. The manuscript of the symphony, which had its premiere in 1908 in St Petersburg with the composer conducting, had been on loan to the British Museum for the past 10 years from the Tabor Foundation, which is also a sponsor of the Leeds International Piano Competition. Sotheby's, in an emailed statement, would not comment on whether the manuscript was being placed for auction by the foundation, saying only it was being sold by "an anonymous consignor".
A gay artist will get his images on stamps in Finland
Finland's postal service will honor "Tom of Finland" with stamps taken from his work - homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear anything at all. The stamps, which will be issued in September, are based on the drawings of Touko Laaksonen, better known by the pseudonym "Tom of Finland," who split his time between Finland and California. "Tom of Finland is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world," Finnish postal service Itella said in a statement issued this week regarding Laaksonen, who died in 1991. "His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion." Graphic artist Timo Berry, who designed the sheet of three stamps, said they portray a sensual life force and being proud of oneself.
London's Tate Modern will on Thursday open a blockbuster exhibition celebrating the cut-out works of French artist Henri Matisse, which made even Picasso jealous. Tate director Nicholas Serota boasts that the much-anticipated show, which brings together more than 100 works from around the world, "will be the most evocative and beautiful show that London has ever seen". "It's a show for the summer," said Times critic Rachel Campbell-Johnson, one of many British experts enchanted by the explosion of colours in the old power station. "Tate Modern is translated into a sunlit studio in the south of France," she wrote.
Polish artist Paweł Althamer will give away sections of his latest artwork to the public during a one-day-only pop-up exhibition as part of his first US museum show, which wraps up later this month. Since the opening of "The Neighbors" at the New Museum in New York this February, Althamer has worked in partnership with a range of artists, friends and collaborators to create 16 new sculptures. The full exhibit came to an end this week, but together with the charitable organization The Bowery Mission, Althamer will present a free one-day exhibition of the new works created during the show on April 17. Since the early 1990s, Althamer has become predominantly known for the figurative sculptures he creates of himself, his family, and various other individuals within his community.
Center wins first Pulitzer Prize
Winning investigation exposed the systematic denial of benefits to sufferers of black lung disease by lawyers and doctors.
The author may have died in 1984, but he's still being put on invitation lists. Alas, in this case, the owner of Truman Capote's ashes had to decline his appearance at the opening night bash for the Broadway opening of "Breakfast at Tiffany's."