Preparations for funeral of yachtsman Sir Peter Blake + arrival of NZ PM



Warblington, West Sussex
1. Various exteriors of Saint Thomas-A-Becket parish church
2. Marquee in church yard, erected for people who wish to attend the funeral but who cannot fit inside the church
3. Various of groundskeeper cutting grass, as part of preparations for funeral
4. Set up shot of Canon Douglas Caiger, who is conducting the funeral service
5. Stained glass window
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Canon Douglas Caiger, Conducting service:
“Well the honour of being invited to do our best for this great occasion, you don’t get prime ministers ever day at services and that sort of thing. We love this church, it’s a thousand years old. Its walls are soaked in prayer, we shall be adding to those prayers tomorrow.”
7. Various of Louise, sister-in-law of Peter Blake, playing flute – she will be playing the same piece at the service

Emsworth, West Sussex
8. General view of village
9. Looking down street towards bay
10. Various set-up shots of Alan Sefton, Former crew mate of Blake and family spokesman – helping to organise funeral
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Alan Sefton, Former crew mate of Peter Blake and family spokesman, speaking on behalf of Lady Pippa Blake, Peter Blake’s widow:
“The volume of message of condolences and so on that have been coming through have just got Pippa, to use that awful term, gob-smacked but she just can’t come to terms with it.”
12. Various exteriors of Emsworth sailing club
13. Various of Emsworth sailing club head, Rear Commodore John Cruickshank, looking at book of condolence set up in club (photograph of Peter Blake above book)
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rear Commodore John Cruickshank, Emsworth sailing club head:
“A huge loss, a big, big loss. Although he wasn’t here very much, one got the feeling they (Peter and Pippa Blake) would have retired to Emsworth, that is pretty categoric.”
15. Set up shot of New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Helen Clarke, New Zealand Prime Minister:
“Sir Peter Blake is a national hero to New Zealanders. People are very, very distressed at what happened in the Amazon and it’s important that we mark his passing appropriately at the funeral here in England.”
17. Various of yachts in the bay

STORYLINE:

Sir Peter Blake, the New Zealand yachtsman killed last week by river pirates in Brazil, will be buried on Friday in the English coastal town he had made his home.

Blake, a hero in his native country, will be laid to rest at the thousand-year-old Saint Thomas-A-Becket parish church in Warblington, just outside of Emsworth in West Sussex on the English south coast.

He had lived in Emsworth for the past twenty years and had met his wife, Lady Pippa Blake, at the local sailing club, of which Peter was a member.

Her family live in the area and her sister will be playing the flute during the the service at the family’s church local church.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Helen Clark, flew to England on Thursday to attend the funeral.

She will give an address at the funeral.

Between eight hundred and a thousand people are expected to attend, including many big names from the yachting community.

Blake was shot dead last Wednesday during a robbery attempt by river pirates who boarded his yacht, the Seamaster, which was anchored near Macapa in the mouth of the Amazon River.

Blake and a crew of 10 were returning from a two-month stay in the upper reaches of the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers.

Blake, 53, who led New Zealand to America’s Cup victories in 1995 and 2000, was on a worldwide expedition to monitor global warming and pollution.

Earlier this year, he was named special envoy for the United Nations Environment Programme.

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Andy Warhol’s “Elvis” fetches $37 million at auction



(10 May 2012) May 9 2012
1. Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping Girl” being unveiled for auction
2. Mid of painting
3. Various of bidding
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Auctioneer:
“At 40 (m) million dollars, and it’s Lisa’s bid not yours, I shall sell it then for 40 million dollars (44,882,500 including commission), thank you Lisa.”
May 8 2012
5. Close of “Sleeping Girl” painting
May 9 2012
6. Francis Bacon’s “Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror”
7. Sotheby’s workers taking phone bids
8. Electronic screen showing bidding price
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Auctioneer:
“At 40 million dollars, a choice bid against the four of you, I shall sell it then for 40 (m) million dollars. All done, fair warning, at 40 million dollars (44,882,500 including commission), sold.”
May 8 2012
10. Various of “Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror”
May 9 2012
11. Andy Warhol’s “Double Elvis” being moved into place
12. Wide of auction
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Auctioneer:
“33 (m) million dollars (37 million US dollars including commission). Fair warning, your bid, not yours, I’m very sorry, but I’m glad for you, 33.”
May 8 2012
14. Various of Warhol’s “Double Elvis”
May 9 2012
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Auctioneer:
“We are thrilled about the “Double Elvis” at 37 (m) million dollars, so all our three top lots, estimated 30-40 million dollars, sold in this global market. You could see that we had global bidding on all the lots, especially on the Lichtenstein, you saw how many bidders were pursuing such a beautiful icon that we were very proud of.”
16. Wide of auction
STORYLINE:
Sotheby’s auction house has had another record night, with work by contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol fetching multi-million dollar prices at a sale in New York on Wednesday.
American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping Girl,” depicting a woman with closed eyes and flowing blond hair, was sold for a record price of nearly 45 (m) million US dollars by Sotheby’s auctioneer Tobias Meyer.
“Sleeping Girl,” was one of a series of sexy comic book-inspired images created by the artist in the 1960s, the work was exhibited only once – at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 1989-90.
Another major work on the auction block, Francis Bacon’s “Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror” also sold for 44,882,500 US dollars.
Warhol’s “Double Elvis (Ferus Type),” a silver silkscreen image of Elvis Presley depicted as a cowboy, fetched more than 37 million US dollars.
The auction house said it was the first “Double Elvis” to appear on the market since 1995.
Warhol produced a series of 22 images of Elvis.
Nine are in museum collections.
It had been expected to sell for between 30 and 50 (m) million dollars.
The buyers’ names for each of the pieces were not released.
The sale came on the heels of art auction history.
Last week, the auction house sold Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” for 119.9 (m) million US dollars, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

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A prized 1963 Andy Warhol painting that captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash sold for $10



A prized 1963 Andy Warhol painting that captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash sold for $105 million Wednesday at a New York City auction, shattering the record for the famed pop artist amid a spending frenzy at the high end of the art world.
The 8- by 13-foot painting titled “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” depicts a twisted body sprawled across a car’s mangled interior. It has only been seen once in public in the past 26 years.
The buyer wasn’t immediately identified.
The previous Warhol auction record was set in 2007 when “Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)” sold for $71.7 million.
Another iconic Warhol, “Coca-Cola (3),” sold for $57.2 million Tuesday at Christie’s auction house, and his portrait of Elizabeth Taylor titled “Liz (hash)1 (Early Colored Liz)” sold for $20 million Wednesday.
A Willem de Kooning abstract painting in red, yellow and white called “Untitled V,” not seen in public since 1980, sold for $24.8 million Wednesday.
The sale fell short of the record for the artist’s works, set Tuesday at Christie’s with the sale of his “Untitled VIII” from 1977.
None of Wednesday’s buyers were identified.
Over the past 10 days, auction houses around the world have presided over bids totaling nearly $2 billion for art and jewelry, Sotheby’s said.

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Andy Warhol painting sells at auction for record $105m



A prized 1963 Andy Warhol painting that captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash sold for 105 million US dollars (94 million US dollars excluding tax) on Wednesday at a New York City auction.
It shattered the record for the famed pop artist amid a spending frenzy at the high end of the art world.
The eight- by 13-foot (3.96-metre) painting titled “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” depicts a twisted body sprawled across a car’s mangled interior.
It has only been seen once in public in the past 26 years.
The buyer was not immediately identified.
The previous Warhol auction record was set in 2007 when “Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)” sold for 71.7 million US dollars.
Another iconic Warhol, “Coca-Cola (3),” sold for 57.2 million US dollars on Tuesday at Christie’s auction house, and his portrait of Elizabeth Taylor titled “Liz (hash)1 (Early Coloured Liz)” sold for 20 million US dollars on Wednesday.
A Willem de Kooning abstract painting in red, yellow and white called “Untitled V,” not seen in public since 1980, sold for 24.8 million US dollars (22 million US dollars excluding tax) on Wednesday.
The sale fell short of the record for the artist’s works, set on Tuesday at Christie’s with the sale of his “Untitled VIII” from 1977.
None of Wednesday’s buyers were identified.
The Warhol record came just a day after the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction went for 142.4 million US dollars to conclude six minutes of feverish bidding at Christie’s.
The hefty price tag for a 1967 Francis Bacon triptych called “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” shattered the previous world record – nearly 120 million US dollars paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” at a 2012 Sotheby’s sale.
Christie’s said the winning bid went to New York City’s Acquavella Galleries.
It is believed that the gallery was buying it for an unidentified client.
Over the past 10 days, auction houses around the world have presided over bids totalling nearly two billion US dollars for art and jewellery, Sotheby’s said.
Christie’s said Tuesday’s sale brought in more than 691.5 million US dollars, the highest total for any single auction in history.

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Ancient Jewish artifacts in the Israel Museum



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Jerusalem – 3 April 2012
1. Pan across Israel Museum””””s Hanukkah collection
2. Close-up of Hanukkah lamp
3. Mid of Torah shields
4. Pan right to left Torah scroll cases from Iraq
5. Close-up detail of Torah shield from Turkey
6. Mid of Rachel Sarfati, curator at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and at Jerusalem””””s Israel Museum
7. SOUNDBITE (English): Rachel Sarfati, curator at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and at Jerusalem””””s Israel Museum:
“Judaica is the ritual objects that were made for Jews during the years to help them to do their ritual Jewish festivals or during Sabbath. They need the Hanukkiah for Hanukkah, the Hanukkah lamp; they need the candlesticks for Sabbath; they need to bless on the wine with (a) special goblet.”
8. Close-up Elijah cup from Germany (a type of wine goblet)
9. Close-up detail floral ornament on wine goblet
10. Tilt-up spice-boxes from African, Western Europe and Middle East countries
11. Close-up Hanukkah lamps from Yemen (they””””re situated next to the Syrian collection, hence the writing you see on the right)
12. SOUNDBITE (English): Rachel Sarfati, curator at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and at Jerusalem””””s Israel Museum
“We said ””””one custom and different forms””””. The reason is the story of the Jewish people: since the destruction of the Temple, Jews lived in different places all over the world and they got their inspiration to their ceremonial art from the surrounding company, the surrounding art. So in Eastern lands, in Islamic lands, they adopted the floral or geometrical motives that (is) typical to Islamic art. In Western Europe they adopted the styles and motives that are typical to the objects of the Christian””””s art.”
13. Tilt down from ceiling of reconstruction of Tzedek ve-Shalom synagogue
14. Close-up candelabra inside reconstruction of Tzedek ve-Shalom synagogue
15. Close-up Hanukkah lamp branches and view outside of window
16. Wide Israel Museum””””s exterior with group of young children in foreground
17. Mid of child inside Judaica store inside Mamilla Mall
18. Mid of store visitor looking at items
19. SOUNDBITE (French): Hadassa Abitbol, French visitor:
“I””””m very attracted by everything that””””s Judaica, by all ritual objects because I think it””””s very beautiful, to honour the feasts.”
20. Close-up Judaica objects and children inside shop at Mamilla Mall
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Kfar Daniel, Israel – 3 April 2012
21. Wide Aviv Shkeren, visitor at Hazorfim factory store, with his children
22. SOUNDBITE (Hebrew): Aviv Shkeren, visitor at Hazorfim factory store:
“Once in a while we visit Hazorfim and we buy all type of items with a distinguished Jewish flare, like Passover seder plate, Hanukkiots (Hanukkah lamps), candlesticks.”
23. Close-up pure silver
24. Tilt-up from silver leftovers being melted
25. Close-up silver leftovers being melted
26. Zoom-in cast silver being poured onto machine
27. Close-up silver tray model
28. Close-up silver being pressed on candlestick model
29. Zoom-out tilt-up candlestick parts being pressed on model
30. Close-up candlestick parts being assembled
31. Mid of candlestick parts being assembled
32. Various close-ups candlestick parts being assembled with blowtorch
33. Mid of worker engraving details on wine goblet
34. Close-up of engraving
35. Wide pan right of laboratory
35. Mid of candlesticks on tray shelves
37. Mid of Naora Ofarim, Hazorfim export administrator, holding candlesticks
38. SOUNDBITE (English): Naora Ofarim, Hazorfim export administrator:
39. Close-up silver Hanukkah lamp
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German artist Gerhard Richter opens retrospective in Prague



(26 Apr 2017) LEADIN
Artist Gerhard Richter has opened a new retrospective of his work at Prague’s National Gallery.
The 85 year-old painter is one of the world’s top-selling living artists.
STORYLINE
German artist Gerhard Richter has opened his retrospective exhibition at Prague’s National Gallery.
The gallery is showcasing some 80 works by Richter, one of the most influential contemporary artists, in what is the first such exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe.
The works cover the entire career of the 85-year-old, including his first work of photographic realism – blurred paintings based on real photographs – of the 1960s and the later abstract paintings he is known for.
Growing up in communist East Germany, Richter fled for West Germany in 1961.
Richter’s influences include the contemporary post-war art scene, conceptual art, Pop Art and other styles.
“It is similar to music – I always compare it (paintings) to instrumental music. It does not explain itself but still you can understand the mood of it,” he explains while touring the exhibition on Tuesday.
Since the late 1970s, abstract pictures have dominated Richter’s work.
“The figurative painting is easier to understand (than abstract painting). It has a main motive which is easy to find. Here, it is not so easy. It begins without knowing how the painting will end – whether it will turn out well or not. That’s why it (abstract painting) is more complicated,” Richter says.
Gerhard Richter was born on February 9, 1932 in Dresden and has been based in Cologne since 1983.
Richter celebrated his 85th birthday earlier this year (9 Feb).
Richter has been described as one of the most famous artists of his time, presenting a tension between figuration and abstraction, significance and banality.
Jiri Fajt, the curator and director of the Czech National Gallery in Prague says: “Gerhard Richter has dedicated over six decades to painting and he challenges the limits of painting. It may sound old fashioned in the times of conceptual art but Richter really represents a very positive tradition.”
His works also fetch eye-wateringly high prices at auction. Richter’s Abstraktes Bild fetched $46.3 million when it was sold at auction in London in 2015. It was a new record for a work sold by a living European artist.
Art critic Lenka Lindaurova says Richter’s work is unique: “There is something mysterious and enigmatic about Richter. There is some additional value that make his painting incomparable to any other. That’s why most of the art critic consider him very a important figure. He is unrepeatable and there is something genius about him.”
The exhibition at Prague’s National Gallery runs from Wednesday 26 April until Sept 3.

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Exhibition Pits Picasso Against Toulouse Lautrec



(22 Oct 2017) LEADIN:
A unique exhibition in Spain is comparing the works of two great masters of modern art – Pablo Picasso and Toulouse Lautrec.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid presents Picasso/Lautrec to mark its 25th anniversary and takes visitors on a journey thorough the lives and influences of both artists.
STORYLINE:
Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec together for the first time in Spain.
Even thought they never met in life, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid is bringing together more than a hundred paintings from some sixty public and private collections from all over the world.
Those 59 works of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and 47 of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) are grouped around the themes that interested both artists: caricature portraits; nightlife in cafés, cabarets and theatres; the harsh reality of marginal individuals; the spectacle of the circus; and the erotic universe of brothels.
The exhibition has been put together by Chief Curator of Modern Painting at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paloma Alarcó.
“Lautrec was not a painter who used to go outdoors for painting, but he took refuge at night in Montmartre. He begins to paint scenes of the underworld, scenes of popular entertainment, courtship scene in the bars and the entertainment places of Paris that were in full swing at the end of the 19th century and all that will interest Picasso as soon as he arrives to Paris,” explains Alarcó.
From 1900 to 1904, Picasso lived in Paris where he discovered post-impressionists such as Lautrec.
During those first years in France, Picasso’s first paintings show those underworld images clearly influenced by Lautrec’s posters.
In fact, the Professor of the department of Art History at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Francisco Calvo Serraller says that Toulouse-Lautrec was the first pop-artist.
Toulouse-Lautrec was a tireless explorer of the underworld of the frenetic nights of Montmartre. Through his posters and his paintings he shows the dancing and makeup of women under the gas lamps in the new entertainment venues.
The themes of eroticism and prostitution captivated Lautrec and Picasso. Both approached the nude from a modern vision.
“The masculine and feminine nude forms part of the backbone of classical art, but that was an idealized nude. On the contrary, artists like Lautrec and Picasso, also Degas, look for the unseen – aided by the mechanical eye of photography that allows to take unusual images. The unseen, because it was impudent or because it was unusual. That is what Degas described as to look through the eye of a lock. Kind of a voyeurism,” explains Serraller.
Thanks to caricature, parody and exaggeration, both are recognised as revolutionising the artistic language and opening the doors to the modern portrait.
Another theme is the circus. Horse riders, clowns or acrobats all feature in the drawings of Lautrec and in Picasso’s paintings which are side by side in the exhibition.
The exhibition also examines the fascinating relationship between the two artists from new viewpoints. It does not merely explore the cliché of the young Picasso as an admirer of Lautrec, but traces the latter’s lingering influence throughout the Spanish artist’s lengthy career, including his final period.
In fact, Picasso kept a photograph of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in his studio while he was painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” in Cannes.
Although their artistic link has been repeatedly established by literature and contemporary critics, this is the first time their works have been displayed alongside each other in an exhibition.
Angela Nuñez, Art Journalist at RNE (National Radio of Spain), says the exhibition provides a different context.

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