Mini skirts to maximum effect


1. Various Byblos show
2. Final pass
3. Designers on catwalk


Byblos was started by two designers, Keith Varty and Alan Cleaver, who both studied at the Royal College of Art in London.

Their designs are distinctive in their youthfulness, embroidery and romance and for the latest show they drew inspiration from the 60s and 80s creating full-flared miniskirts, the symbol of the season for the brand.

There were traces of the influence of the Blondie, Andy Warhol, Velvet Underground and reminders of post disco and hip hop styles in on their Milan catwalk.

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Art auction season heads into second week with strong sales

1. Wide shot pan across sculptures outside entrance to Christie’s auction house, Manhattan
2. Wide shot interior Christie’s gallery displaying contemporary art to go on auction November 11
3. Close up, tilt up, Franz Kline’s “Rue” from 1959 estimated between 3.5 million – 4.5 million US dollars
4. Wide shot an untitled 1963 Mark Rothko estimated between 4 – 6 million US dollars
5. Close up, tilt down, untitled 1963 Mark Rothko estimated between 4 – 6 million US dollars
6. Wide shot 1957 Jasper Johns painting, “Gray Numbers,” estimated between 5 – 7 million US dollars
7. Close up, detail, 1957 Jasper Johns painting, “Gray Numbers,” estimated between 5 – 7 million US dollars
8. Close up, pan across numbers, 1957 Jasper Johns painting, “Gray Numbers,” estimated between 5 – 7 million US dollars
9. Wide shot, 1962 work by Roy Lichtenstein, “Woman with Peanuts,” estimated between 2.5 – 3.5 million US dollars
10. Close up, tilt down, 1962 work by Roy Lichtenstein, “Woman with Peanuts,” estimated between 2.5 – 3.5 million US dollars
11. SOUNDBITE: (English): Jennifer Yum, Christie’s:
“The collection as a whole (collection of Dorothy C. Miller) because Dorothy Miller, as some people may know, was the first curator hired by the Museum of Modern Art. She worked very closely with Alfred H. Barr, who was the famous director who introduced cubism and fauvism and amazing artists to the American public, and made the museum one of the best museums in the world. She worked there for thirty four years, and during her tenure, she introduced post-war art to American as well as European publics.”
12. Wide shot exterior Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan
13. Workers at Sotheby’s moving a sculpture to install in their pre-auction exhibition
14. Worker at Sotheby’s climbs down a ladder after adjusting a light while installing the exhibition (which was just installed on Friday)
15. Wide shot Mark Rothko’s “No. 8,” painted in 1958, estimated between 8 – 10 million US dollars
16. Close up Mark Rothko’s “No. 8,” painted in 1958, estimated between 8 – 10 million US dollars
17. Close up Willem de Kooning’s “Spike’s Folly 1” from 1959, estimated between 10 – 15 million US dollars
18. Wide shot, Andy Warhol “Oxidation painting,” estimated between 2.2 – 2.8 million US dollars , painting created by the oxidation of uric acid on metallic paint
19. Close up, detail, Andy Warhol “oxidation painting,” estimated 2.2 – 2.8 million US dollars, painting created by the oxidation of uric acid on metallic paint
20. SOUNDBITE: (English): Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s:
“A good economy will help the collector to make positive decisions about spending money, very easy, that’s very clear. I have the…. the perceived or the mentioned change in the market, in fact, for me, it’s not such a big change. It just becomes more and more quality-driven. I think there was always money for art, there was always money a year ago. You know, a year ago maybe our estimates were a little bit regressive, for the market, for the feeling of the market, but the money was completely there. I think that now it’s just that there’s a slightly more bigger comfort level for certain collectors, that just know that their business is doing better (because of the improved economy) so they feel happier about spending money.”
21. Wide shot, Sotheby’s gallery


The fall (autumn) art auctions got underway this week with a number of high-profile works bringing in strong prices as sellers, buoyed by a resuscitated economy, decided to cash in on their top-end pieces, auction house officials said.

Record prices were set for works by Amadeo Modigliani, Fernand Leger and Gustav Klimt.

The art auctions will continue through November.

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New York dogs get into their Halloween costumes

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1. Medium dog dressed as Superman
2. Close-up dog dressed as Miss New York
3. Close-up dog dressed as a farmer
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Wendy Diamond, Editorial Director ‘Animal Fair’ Magazine:
“We’ve got the whole cast of ‘Wizard of Oz.’ We’ve got everything from Superman to Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. We have dogs dressed as cats. We have transvestite dogs. We have Little Red Riding hood dogs. We have basketball players, soccer players, football players. We’ve got every kind of dog dressed up in every kind of outfit.”
5. Wide dogs dressed as Superman and a pirate
6. Medium dog dressed as a bat
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Wendy Diamond, Editorial Director ‘Animal Fair’ Magazine:
“There are some dogs that love to get dressed up like people. You will see them tonight. There are some dogs that absolutely love to get dressed up. Some dogs are snobby. That’s why they are called bitches.”
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Susan Wahl, Dog Owner:
“Not that just much work. I just wanted him to be Superman so I went out and bought a Wonder Woman costume. We are superheroes.”
9. Wide venue pan
10. Wide Michael Jackson impersonator
11. Dog dressed as pirate ship
12. Dog dressed as pirate
13. Dog dressed as a drug mule
14. Dog dressed as a working lady
15. Dogs dressed as pimps and a working lady
16. Dog dressed as Britney Spears
17. Dog dressed as Miss New York
18. Dog and owner dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
19. Medium dog dressed as an angel pull out to wide
Halloween is a day away, but that didn’t stop hundreds of New York City dogs from participating in a pet Halloween costume party.
The seventh annual event was sponsored by Animal Fair Magazine which often features dog friendly celebrities on its cover.
Dogs arrived with their owners dressed in costumes such as Superman, Miss New York and a farmer.
“We’ve got the whole cast of ‘Wizard of Oz.’ We’ve got everything from Superman to Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick,” Wendy Diamond who is the editorial director for the magazine said. “We have dogs dressed as cats. We have transvestite dogs. We have Little Red Ridinghood dogs. We have basketball players, soccer players, football players. We’ve got every kind of dog dressed up in every kind of outfit.”
The event wasn’t just for entertainment. All of the proceeds benefited the Mayor’s Alliance of New York City.
A Michael Jackson impersonator took to the stage to entertain the dogs and their owners.
Following the performance, some of the dogs strutted their four paws on the runway while some of the other pooches watched from the audience.
Meanwhile the audience were encouraged to cheer the pets on and clap as loudly as possible.
Some of the costumes were traditional, but some owners and their pets stretched their imaginations.
Costumes that garnered the loudest applause included a doggie Britney Spears, a pimp with his working lady, and a dog dressed as a drug mule.

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Rare art to be auctioned with icons of contemporary design ++REPLAY++

Sotheby’s isn’t pulling any punches, it hits you as soon as you enter the gallery.
Warhol’s Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) is definitely the star attraction of this sale.
The auction house estimates it’ll fetch in excess of 60 million US dollars when it goes under the hammer.
This huge work of art has only been seen in public once in 26 years.
The 1963 silkscreen measures eight feet by 13 feet and is a print of multiple photographs that show the aftermath of a car crash when the vehicle hit a tree.
Art critics say it is one of Warhol’s most important pieces.
On November 13th in New York, Tobias Meyer, the principal auctioneer and the worldwide head of contemporary art will bring his hammer down this sought after work.
Meyer says: “It’s Warhol at the core of what he does which is deal with life and fame and death. Andy Warhol was an artist who commented of every aspect of that time American life but really global life”.
Warhol fans will be spoilt, the gallery has his icons including actress Elizabeth Taylor and the Statue of Liberty.
The sale is a glitzy event.
As well as the modern and contemporary artworks like Juan Munoz’s Conversation Piece V, there is a lot here that alludes to the world of pop like Ornamental Despair, which was painted for Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.
The auction will also launch another of it’s ‘RED’ sales set up by rock star Bono in collaboration with designers Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson to raise cash to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Among the most striking works here are Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Sister and Brother.
It shows the woman in a traditional Chairman Mao suit while her brother is taking chances with a western image topped off by the red tie.
The painting is next to a portrait of Mao by Yan Pei-Ming.
One of the most famous of the Chinese artworks here is Zeng Fanzhi’s Mask Series 26.
They are all loaded with political comment – perhaps a sharp visual contrast to these glossy Christian Louboutin boots.
Oliver Barker, deputy chairman, Sotheby’s Europe says: “Chinese contemporary art is being taken very on a global level to the extent that the price is now are very, very close to the masters of western late-twentieth century art as well. So, I think that the interesting thing about the marketplace now is that the taste for difficult subject matter is perhaps at a more acceptable level than its been ever before. People want to be challenged, this is not a superficial taste-making moment.”
Yan Pei-Ming is the first artist to paint a portrait of Britain’s Prince Charles.
The work is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Mimi Foundation Cancer Charity.
As well as the edgy and political works like these the sale contains one of the most celebrated of Picasso’s paintings.
This is a portrait of the artist’s mistress just as she became pregnant.
Sotheby’s expert Simon Shaw says: “This is a really important pivotal moment in Picasso’s life he meets Marie-Therese in 1927 that’s in 1935 it’s when Maya’s born. But she’s really been the muse for the past seven or eight years of his work at this point.”
Lichtenstein will also boost cash from the sale, but one of the most celebrated artworks to come under the hammer is Alberto Giacometti’s Grand Tete de Diego which has centre stage in the gallery.
It’s expected to fetch up to 50 million US dollars which Andreas Gursky’s panoramic photographs are estimated to fetch millions more.
The art auction in New York, for which this exhibition was a preview, takes place 13 November.

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++ NEW ++ World’s most important art fair gets underway in Basel

Art inspired or created by the Internet and an overlap between contemporary and historical works are just two of the main trends at this year’s Art Basel.
The world’s leading art fair will draw over 70-thousand visitors to the Swiss town.. to see some 4-thousand pieces of work created in the last century.
It is the unchallenged premier art event of the year.
For the contemporary art lover Art Basel, held in the Swiss town Basel every year, is a feast.
Works by young trendy artists, still struggling to make a name in the art world, are shown next to classic pieces by heavyweights such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol.
Over the first two days, specially invited guests will be examining works; some are there to buy, some are there to evaluate for clients and some just to see what is happening in studios across the world.
Lisa Schiff is a New York-based art adviser who helps wealthy clients buy the pieces that suit them.
She says Art Basel is like Christmas for the art world:
“Art Basel is the one art fair that real collectors and art advisors can not miss. It is definitely the most important fair all year along,” she says.
The main hall is divided in to two sections.
On the ground level there are classical and historical works, budget-busting pieces by Warhol and Picasso among them.
On the second floor, trendy galleries from around the world show emerging and working artists.
It is here that the visitor gets an idea of what makes artists tick at the moment.
Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei’s work from 2003: “Forever” is on show.
Ai uses the internet to protest against the Chinese government’s repression, and campaign for victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
He was one of the first artists to use the internet to engage with his audience, and create discussion about surveillance online.
Schiff says there is one overriding trend among the work.
“I think artists engaging with the Internet and using it in some way or another as material to make art, is really the most important trend in contemporary art today,” she says.
Created or inspired by the Internet sometimes means that the work is directly inspired or created on websites. Other times it can mean funding has been raised on crowd funding platforms or that the artist is engaging with his or her audience online.
Most of the work is quirky. Bright colours and cartoon like figures are used by artists such as Lara Owens.
Jeff Koons, long known for bright and colourful pieces, continues the trend with a plastic dolphin.
And Rob Pruitt uses everyday objects to create kitchen monsters.
In “Lonely Loricariidae” by David Brooks, a number of empty fish tanks are displayed on scaffolding.
The art might not suit every taste, but Schiff says there are several layers to the art, and it’s not necessarily obvious at first sight.
“They seem very happy and poppy but really they are all quite edgy. There is something dark there as well. There is something going on,” she says.
Art Basel opened in 1970 and immediately attracted 17-thousand visitors.
The fair was, and still is, organised by a group of galleries.
New York-based gallery owner Andrea Rosen has had a booth at the fair since 1991.
She says a trend among art buyers is the merging between the people that buy historical art and people interested in new contemporary art.
“Something that is interesting to me is this sort of merging of contemporary artist and historical artists, ” she says.
“And I would say that that is something that is new this year. While I have a very broad client base, partly because I do both historical work and emerging artists, there is more of an overlap between those two bodies.”
But the artists themselves are often missing.

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Paintings stolen from museum housing works by Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh

(16 Oct 2012) SHOTLIST
1. Wide of museum exterior, police tape cordoning off access to the museum, forensic investigator in distance
2. Police standing inside cordoned off area
3. Forensic investigator with camera by side door to museum
4. Wide of police standing inside cordoned off area
5. Forensic investigator with camera by side door to museum
6. Media photographers just outside cordoned off area
7. Museum exterior and cordoned off area
Several paintings have been stolen from a Dutch museum exhibiting works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh.
State news agency NOS said a Matisse painting called “The Reading Girl” was among those taken during the heist at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam.
Dutch police say that the stolen paintings include one by Picasso, one by Matisse, and two by Claude Monet.
Also stolen were works by Lucian Freud, Paul Gauguin, and Meyer de Haan.
The heist is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Tuesday.
The heist, one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, occurred while the private Triton Foundation collection was being
exhibited publicly as a group for the first time.
The collection was on display as part of celebrations surrounding the Kunsthal’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
The museum is a display space that has no permanent collection of its own – the name means “art gallery” in Dutch.
The Triton Foundation is a collection of avant-garde art.
The Kunsthal exhibition was showing its works by more than 150 famed artists, including Alexander Calder, Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Rene Magritte, Claude Monet, August Rodin and Andy Warhol, among others.
The presentation was the first time the entire collection had been exhibited together.
In a statement, the museum’s chairman said the museum would be closed on Tuesday and referred all questions to the police.
Police declined to give more details as the investigation was still getting under way.

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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 retrospective to open in Washington D.C.

1. Museum exteriors
2. Various of people looking at paintings
3. Audience listening to speaker
4. SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Sokolowski, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum:
“Andy Warhol was an extraordinary painter but what made him great was the fact that he was, as he said himself, ‘a mirror of his times.'”
5. Drawing
6. Brillo Boxes, 1964
7. Mao, 1973
8. SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Sokolowski, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum:
“The sexual revolution was happening, the civil rights movement was going on, Vietnam, rock ‘n’ roll, all those sorts of things and Andy Warhol was there to comment and critique them.”
9. Debbie Harry, 1980
10. Dolly Parton, 1985
11. Jackie Kennedy, 1964
12. Knives, 1981-82
13. Abstract painting
14. Cross, 1981-82
15. SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Sokolowski, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum:
“I think if anything can be seen as the symbols or the consummate understanding of the American Dream, it’s Andy Warhol and his art.”
16. Drawings
17. Self-Portrait, 1964


The iconic pop artist Andy Warhol is celebrated in a new exhibition of more than 150 paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, works on paper and films.

“The Warhol Legacy: Selections from the Andy Warhol Museum,” opening at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington includes the famous screenprints of Campbell’s soup cans along with celebrity portraits of Liz Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.

An entire gallery features Mao Zedong portraits, Mao wallpaper and Warhol’s personal memorabilia of the Chinese political leader.

Museum officials said the presentation explores a number of the subjects and themes that inspired and consumed Warhol throughout his life.

These including celebrity, consumerism, self-portraits, abstractions, death and disaster, guns and knives, crosses and dollar signs, Mao, and early hand-painted advertisements.

The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view some of the Andy Warhol Museum’s most treasured works of art.

It is co-organised by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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Legendary yachtsman’s funeral

1. Funeral cortege arrives at church
2. Blake’s widow Lady Pippa Blake and children arrive at church
3. New Zealand prime minister Helen Clarke outside church
4. Yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur outside church
5. Wide of crowds outside church
6. Lady Pippa Blake and children walk into church
7. Vicar outside church
8. Coffin hoisted onto pallbearers’ shoulders, draped in New Zealand flag
9. Canon Douglas Caiger, minister in charge of conducting the funeral service
10. Various of coffin taken into church
11. Various of mourners outside church listening to service
12. Wide shot inside church
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Helen Clarke, New Zealand prime minister:
“Had Peter’s death occurred in heavy seas, we would all have understood it better. This violent death, at the hands of a fellow human being has been distressing beyond belief for his family, his country, and his friends and admirers around the world.”
14. Close of coffin
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) James Blake, son of Son Peter Blake (reading entry from Peter Blake’s ship’s log)
“We want to show people that we need to take better care of the environment. To win, you have to believe it. You have to be passionate. You have to really want the result. We want to make a difference.”
16. Various of coffin leaving church
17. Mourners enter cemetery
18. Various of sunset over Warblington


Sailing legend Sir Peter Blake was laid to rest in a tiny English churchyard on Friday, a week after he was murdered by river pirates in Brazil.

Hundreds of mourners from across the world, including New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, attended the service.

Among those who spoke at the service was Blake’s 14 year old son James, who read a passage from his father’s last log, talking about the need to protect the environment.

Blake, a New Zealander had twice won the America’s Cup.

He was buried at the parish church of St Thomas-a-Becket in Warblington, Hampshire.

Knighted in 1995, Blake had made his home in Warblington, near Portsmouth.

About 300 people squeezed into the parish church and about 1,000 stood in the graveyard outside on a clear, frosty morning, listening to the service on loudspeakers.

He was eulogized on Friday as a “living legend” whose murder on the Amazon river had stunned New Zealand.

Blake’s wife Pippa, daughter Sarah-Jane, 18, and son James, 14, issued a statement saying they intended to personally answer each of the thousands of messages of condolence and support they had received.

Blake, 53, was shot to death on December 5 during a holdup aboard his 36-meter (119-foot) yacht, the Seamaster, anchored on the Amazon in the northern jungle state of Amapa, some 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) north of Sao Paulo.

Blake captained the America’s Cup winning yacht in 1995, sweeping his U.S. rival Dennis Conner 5-0.

Last year, he became the first non-American entry to retain the America’s Cup in 149 years with another 5-0 sweep, this time against the Italian challengers Prada.

Blake was appointed in July as a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Last year, Blake embarked on a three-month study of wildlife in the South Pole region. He then traveled to the Amazon.

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WRAP Body of NZ sailing legend released

1. Pan of funeral car leaving the morgue
2. Travelling shot of funeral car
3. Funeral car arriving with coffin being removed
4. Close up of Sir Peter Blake’s face through glass topped coffin
5. Santa Rita funeral parlour
6. Sir Peter Blake’s coffin being carried from one room to another
7. Policeman guarding coffin
8. Ambassador Denise Almao arriving at funeral home
9. Various of coffin being put inside a box to be transported
10. Ambassador Denise Almao watching the box leave the funeral home
11. Blake’s remains being taken in a car to airport
12. Various of remains being loaded in plane
13. Ambassador Denise Almao hugging Sir Peter’s fellow crew members and saying good-bye.
14. Close up of ambassador Denise Almao crying
16. Air force plane taking off en route to London
17. Close up of ambassador Denise Almao crying
18. Federal police car taking last two bandits apprehended into custody
20. Boat used by bandits
21. Wide of motor engine stolen by bandits
22. Watch stolen from Sir Peter by bandits


The body of the slain yachtsman Sir Peter Blake was flown back to New Zealand after being released to his country’s ambassador Denise Almao in Macapa on Sunday.

His body was taken to a funeral home early on Sunday and later driven to a military air force base in Macapa.

The plane will land Sir Peter in London from where his body will be taken to Southern England. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said that Blake would be buried where his family had set up home, not far from the southern English port city of Southampton.

After searching the Amazon jungle, Federal Police in Macapa arrested the last two suspects involved in the killing of Blake after four men had allegedly already confessed to attacking his moored yacht.

Blake led New Zealand to America’s Cup victories in 1995 and 2000 and was feted as a national hero.

He was shot dead by masked pirates on Wednesday as they boarded his yacht “Seamaster” at its anchorage in the mouth of the Amazon River near Macapa, in Amapa state, two and a half thousand kilometres (18-hundred miles) northwest of Rio de Janeiro.

The 53-year-old yachtsman was on a worldwide expedition to monitor global warming and pollution when he died.

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