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The Artist

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“The gods,” the artist said, “pleasure themselves with men by
rummaging through their lives, wounding their bodies with their
darts of pain, denying man the ability to be near them, yet they still
make us love them and feel the thrill of immortality.”

It is the story of life, the metaphor of human pettiness and the reactions linked to them. A journey along the short but intense parabola of an artist painter who finds himself projected (by chance) into a world of lights and lust. Checkpoint Charlie is the limit, the line that not everyone wants to cross, where there is no return except after selling the soul to the devil.

“What is your job?” The artist asked.
“Undertaker” he said. Twenty-five years of work, and he’d certainly
buried a lot of people. He dug the grave and if necessary, undressed
and redressed the body. They pay for everything.
“Do the dead stink?”
“Yes, a great deal.”
“Animals don’t have cemeteries. Why is it that, in your opinion?”

Michele Iacono offers us reasons to reflect, on the limits that the common moral sense imposes. It retraces Italy in its most beautiful cities telling us the limits that some of us have decided or have been forced to face.
The Artist presents itself as new air on the American market after its release in Italian under the title Checkpoint Charlie. Published by Hoffmann & Hoffmann and distributed by Ingram.

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The art of Antonio Leone

  





  By Anna Maria Rizzato

 

Antonio Leone’s art comes from the Greek world.
He follows the fundamental rules settled by Policleto for the harmonious proportions and look at the Hellenic sculptures, for their extreme dynamism in the bodies postures and the astonishing realism of facial’s expression.
However Master Leone is a son of his time and in the past forty years he had kept on growing, creating his own identity on his profession.
His growth follows the sculpture’s developments in the medieval and Romanesque period and the influence of the latter shows in his altar-frontals and high-relieves.
In his journey across centuries, he almost goes beyond Renaissance to reach quickly Baroque, in accordance with his disposition.
His sculpture is at the same time strong, visceral and emphatic.
In the Priolo’s church , as a matter of fact, the bas-relieves are strong, spiritual figures, visceral at times, speaking to a group of faithful people and exclusively in a decorative language.
His work feed on Neoclassicism and look at Canova to learn how to give the beauty of the Greek statues to his own work, with a touch of epidermic sensuality and grace. 
On his journey across the centuries the self-taught Master “discovers” the meaning of plasticity. The sculpture of Master Antonio Leone is the continuous search of a breath of life to infuse into the cold marble, creating still figures ready to live.
To reach gracefulness, he follows the footsteps of the great Michelangelo, by rough-casting the marble, drawing his own dream of an image.

Aspen’s Prestigious Gallery 1949

ASPEN, Colo., Jan. 27, 2016 /– The high profile, contemporary art gallery, Gallery 1949, has taken over Aspen along with the well known pop artist Nelson De La Nuez, whose art can be seen peering back at you through the gallery windows. International pop artist Nelson De La Nuez, branded by the media and press years ago as The King of Pop Art has connected strongly with the fashionable winter playground and wealthy summer arts colony. Modern Luxury Publishers prominent Aspen Magazine and its supplemental Gallery Guide for Winter 2016 saw the connection to its readers when they chose his artwork for its cover. The jet setting couple kissing on the cover exclaim via a thought bubble “Aspen is Always a Good Idea!”
Socialite and business mogul Paris Hilton, a regular skier in Aspen Instagrammed the actual large gallery painting while on vacation. The artist offers custom thought bubbles and unique one of a kind pieces at the Aspen gallery. Each one sells for approximately $30,000+ depending on size and availability. His one-off mixed media originals are difficult to come by and sell for a much higher price range, anywhere from $65k-105k. “A lot of the rare De La Nuez’s original paintings end up being sold into private collections, so I am excited to be able to acquire his more rare work at Gallery 1949 and offer the art to the public first,” exclaims gallery director Jared Goulet.
“His art really resonates with my audience here, whether they are traveling, have a home here, or both. His themes are about the “good life”..travel, shopping, designer items women desire, wall street high finance and they are written in such an elegant, sophisticated way with a twist of fun,” Goulet explains. The artist adds, “It takes time to create not only the painting but all of the writing the characters say. It’s not just slapping a few words in a bubble. A lot of time goes into those words. It’s an art in itself,” De La Nuez states.
Nelson De La Nuez, is struggling to paint at a fast enough pace to fill the orders of his galleries worldwide without compromising. When so many other artists achieve his level of success, they often never paint the actual art anymore, but rather studio assistants do. This has become the norm and he refuses to let that happen.
The artist has been juxtaposing childhood games, Americana and luxury since the early 1980’s. His style continues to evolve by constantly merging pop culture with relevant issues. Gallery 1949 also shows his artwork dealing with today’s issues and something for everyone, such as, “Love Wins,” a positive pop culture/Monopoly painting on the rights to gay marriage, displayed during Aspen Gay Ski Week, and “High Times,” a satirical pot smoking children’s book for the Colorado crowd and X Gamers.

The gallery is located on Hunter St at the corner of Cooper, within a block of the luxurious Little Nell resort, not far from the prominent Caribou Club. The gallery director has an eye for what sells and seems to sell every De La Nuez that passes through his doors, including the limited edition, elegantly framed Pop Donuts sculpture that you would swear are real donuts with a frame that resembles white frosting. The Los Angeles artist will make an appearance for a solo show at the gallery later in the year and Goulet expects it to create quite a stir. De La Nuez is collected by thousands of celebrities, and entertainment industry executives, who happen to be the Who’s Who of Aspen as well.
About:Nelson De La Nuez’s artwork is hanging in some of the most prominent, private collections of movie stars, directors, producers, comedians, corporations and art connoisseurs.  His art has been featured on countless television and luxury interior design shows/celebrity homes.
He’s listed on the “Who’s Who List of the Most Collected Artists of Our Time.” 
De La Nuez’s pop art is sold in galleries and auctions worldwide.
He has new branded fashion lines debuting in 2016 in major department stores.
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Prince New Album, HITNRUN

RELEASE DATE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2015 

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2015 /Multi-platinum music icon Prince, and global music and entertainment platform TIDAL, today confirmed that the next release from the entertainer will be exclusively on TIDAL on September 7, 2015.
The upcoming release, the experimental, HITNRUN, was first announced by his band, 3RDEYEGIRL, on BBC radio late last month, following the release of the critically praised first single, “HARDROCKLOVER”.  Minutes after the song was released on July 1st, critics raved with The Guardian saying, “Prince is back to his old sensual self ‘ripping jeans’ and ‘making women scream’ on this minimal slow jam.”  Billboard called the single “A dreamy rock song”, and Rolling Stone described it as simply “Wild”.
“Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he’s ever recorded – we refer to them as ‘The Purple Collective’ or ‘The Purple Army’ – this album is absolutely for them, because it’s super funky,” reported 3RDEYEGIRL.  “There are a lot of experimental sounds.  It’s just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound.”  Prince worked with co-producer Joshua Welton on HITNRUN – Welton was also a co-producer on Prince’s ARTOFFICIALAGE album, released late last year.
The Prince/TIDAL partnership has been in the works for some months, but was quickly cemented out of mutual admiration and respect and a profound belief in artists’ rights.  The relationship began in May with TIDAL live streaming the first hour of Prince’s RALLY 4 PEACE concert in Baltimore.  TIDAL hosted live audio of the event and matched funds for donations made on TIDAL.com.
The music icon stated, “After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry.  Secondly, TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We’ve grown accustomed 2 and We’re Extremely grateful 4 their generous support.  And lastly, in the tech-savvy, real-time world We all live in 2day, everything is faster.  From its conception and that one & only meeting, HITNRUN took about 90 days 2 prepare its release.  If that’s what freedom feels like, HITNRUN is what it sounds like.”
JAY Z added, “Prince has always been a visionary, a free-thinker.  We’re honored to offer his breadth of work, “1999,” “Purple Rain,” etc., music that has inspired so many, on TIDAL.  We’re also excited to be the home for his new upcoming album, HITNRUN.  Both Prince and TIDAL share the belief that all creatives should have the opportunity to speak directly to those that love and support them.  This partnership with Prince represents TIDAL’s philosophy in its truest form, a 1 to 1 connection and direct delivery of artistry to the world.”
About TIDAL
TIDAL is an innovative platform to experience and discover music from artists around the world, enjoy access to exclusive and curated content, and connect and share with artists. TIDAL is available in more than 44 countries with a 30 million song catalog, and more than 75,000 high quality videos. The service offers high-fidelity CD sound quality, high quality video, expertly curated content and unique experiences.

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Harlem Globetrotters Legend Marques Haynes Passes Away At 89

PHOENIX, May 22, 2015  — Legendary Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes – considered by many to be the greatest basketball dribbler of all-time – http://fguzzardi.blogspot.com ied of natural causes at 4:35 this morning in Plano, Texas, at the age of 89. He passed away peacefully with family and friends in his presence. Services are pending.
In a four-decade career, Haynes played in more than 12,000 games, traveled more than four million miles and entertained fans in nearly 100 countries during two stints with the Globetrotters (1947-53, 1972-79). His dribbling style would confuse and confound opponents and became one of the Globetrotters’ most potent offensive weapons.
“The game of basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “Marques was a pioneer, helping pave the way for people of all races to have opportunities to play basketball and for the sport to explode on a global scale. His unique and groundbreaking style of play set the tone for modern basketball as we know it; anyone involved with basketball worldwide is indebted to Marques. He was the consummate Globetrotter.
“We will be dedicating our upcoming 90th anniversary tour in 2016 to Marques, and the team will wear a commemorative patch on our uniforms to salute the significant contributions he made to basketball and the Globetrotters,” said Schneider.   
The acrobatic Haynes caught the attention of Harlem Globetrotters owner Abe Saperstein in 1946, during a game in which Langston defeated the Globetrotters, 74-70.  Following graduation, Haynes joined the Globetrotters and starred for the team when it defeated the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers in 1948 (61-59) and in 1949 (49-45). 
In 1998, Haynes became the first player ever to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a Globetrotter. He has been enshrined into a total of six Halls of Fame, including NAIA (1985), Jim Thorpe (1993) and Langston University (1995). On Dec. 8, 2007, Langston University honored Haynes by dedicating its basketball court as “Marques Haynes Court.”
Haynes received a Globetrotters “Legends” Ring and had his jersey (#20) retired as part of a 75th Anniversary black tie charity fund-raiser on Jan. 5, 2001, at Chicago’s Fairmont Hotel. Only five Globetrotters jersey numbers have been retired in the team’s storied history.
Haynes’ basketball career began at Booker T. Washington High School in his hometown of Sand Springs, Okla., where he led the school to a high school national championship in 1941 and was named a Second Team Scholastic All-America that season. Haynes then starred collegiately at Langston University in Langston, Okla. (1942-46), where he was a four-time All-Conference selection and team MVP. Haynes led Langston in scoring all four years and guided the team to a 112-3 record, a mark that included a 59-game winning streak.

 
Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
 

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“Happiness Is A Goal Of Life”

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 14, 2015 /Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), told graduates of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) during her commencement address on May 9 at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

— Artists are responsible for protecting freedom of expression,

“As the world becomes smaller and more globally connected, you as artists have a responsibility to protect freedom of expression and ensure that no one’s voice is silenced by threats, violence or prejudice, and that different opinions can be shared without fear of personal or professional attack,” she said.
Boone Isaacs is serving her second term as president of the 7,000-member Academy, presenter of the Oscars.
“Every year at the Oscars we honor the courage of filmmakers who cross borders and test boundaries, who give voice to challenging ideas and alternative points of view, and who encourage us to see the world and those around us in new ways,” she said. “As you embark on the next phase of your careers in the arts, I hope you will carry that torch, tell the truth about the world as you perceive it and change the narrative.”
Boone Isaacs told 235 recipients of bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, master of fine arts and master of music degrees they should remain faithful to their aspirations: “I want you all to follow your passion. There may be detours … but just keep moving forward. Stay focused on your goals and dreams. Happiness is a goal of life.”
She noted that “there will be times when your passion has to take a back seat to the need to earn money. A career in the arts does not guarantee financial stability, but if you’re smart about finding ways to monetize the work you love, the rewards will be immense.”
As head of CBI Enterprises, Inc., Boone Isaacs has consulted on marketing efforts on such films as THE CALL, THE ARTIST, THE KING’S SPEECH, PRECIOUS: BASED on the NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE, SPIDER-MAN 2 and TUPAC: RESURRECTION. Previously, she oversaw marketing for New Line Cinema’s box office hits including AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME and RUSH HOUR; and for Paramount Pictures she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners FORREST GUMP and BRAVEHEART. 
“As a marketing and public relations executive both at major studios and independent companies, I have had to learn to maneuver both sides of the show business equation – the show side and the business side,” she said. “As creative artists nowadays, it’s incumbent on you to understand the business of the arts.”
Boone Isaacs told the graduates their conservatory education will serve them well. “It’s hard to see it now, but your time here will fundamentally shape the way you look at the world, solve problems and challenges, and build a sustainable future,” she said.
Technological advancements offer countless opportunities to this generation of graduates, she said, but technology has not altered “the human love of storytelling – whether it is music, painting, literature, dance or film.”
She also asked the graduates to “give back to the community through the nonprofit sector. There are so many youngsters who never get the chance to experience the arts. I urge you to support arts education for the underserved.”
In closing, Boone Isaacs advised graduates to “bring the light of humanity and inspiration that you found here at UNC School of the Arts to the world around you.”
Presiding over his first UNCSA commencement, Chancellor Lindsay Bierman spoke of mixed emotions. “I’ve loved seeing your work in our shops and studios, and on our stages and screens. But I’m personally very, very sad to see you go,” he said. “Wherever you go from here, I want you to know this: I will always admire your creativity, respect your individuality, and applaud your extraordinary talents. The past two semesters together have made me one of your biggest lifelong fans.”
Wearing custom-designed academic regalia created by UNCSA costume design faculty and students, Bierman asked graduates to recall the moment they informed their parents of their career choice.  “Parents, let’s be honest. Some of you took the news pretty hard at first,” he said. “You might have hoped for finance, or engineering.
“But you knew, in your heart, that your child has a rare ability and passion that must be cultivated and nurtured and protected. That success is defined by doing what you love, and loving what you do. That your child’s unique gift, discipline, and focus would be highly valued and developed at a conservatory. That being true to oneself, and following one’s calling, can lead to the richest and most rewarding life of all.”
Honorary doctorates were presented during the ceremony to Boone Isaacs and to Dean Emeritus John Sneden, who led the School of Design and Production from 1970 to 2003 and established the first graduate program at the School of the Arts.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is America’s first state-supported arts school, a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system when it was formed in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

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THE RETURN OF THE KING

 

Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley presided over a formal “blue suede” ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil their personal treasures from the family archives, from rarely seen artifacts including Elvis’ personal television remote from his Graceland bedroom to Lisa Marie’s baby shoes. In the first wedding held at Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel, Priscilla served as matron of honor for NBC Today Show’s contest–winning couple, Kaycee Satava and Cameron Baker. Later that evening, Priscilla and Lisa Marie walked hand-in-hand down the red carpet for the VIP gala debut of the “Elvis Experience” – a musical production that embodies the spirit of the king himself. Mother and daughter were joined by family including Lisa Marie’s husband, guitarist Michael Lockwood; Lisa Marie’s son Benjamin Keough; Elvis’ best friend Jerry Schilling; the late Colonel Tom Parker’s wife Loanne Parker; and a star-studded procession of celebrity guests.
“Just think, it was 59 years ago that Elvis performed his first show in Las Vegas,” said Priscilla Presley. “Elvis loved Las Vegas and he loved his fans – he would be the first to welcome you to this great exhibition of his life. Lisa and I are so happy to share these wonderful artifacts from our family with you and are thrilled to bring the authentic Elvis back to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years.”
FIRST PERMANENT ELVIS EXHIBITION OUTSIDE OF GRACELAND
The first-ever permanent Elvis exhibition outside of Graceland encompasses more than 28,000 square feet and includes hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives. The exhibition takes visitors on an unprecedented journey through Elvis’ life and career, beginning with his early days in Tupelo, Mississippi through his first recording session in Memphis, rise to fame, Hollywood career, life at Graceland, the Las Vegas years and more. Graceland-produced videos immerse guests in the experience, concluding with a 26-minute retrospective film featuring Elvis’ greatest performances. Select artifacts will be rotated regularly with artifacts from the Graceland Archives to ensure the exhibit is constantly evolving and remains fresh. The exhibition is open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm. Tickets are priced at $22 plus taxes and fees, and are available for purchase at Graceland.com/Vegas.
Exhibition Highlights:

  • Tupelo and Memphis. This collection of artifacts follows Elvis’ humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi to his family’s move to Memphis, where Elvis’ discovery of gospel blues would influence his music and drive his rock & roll sound. Guests can peruse family portraits; the Presley family bible; Elvis’ 1950 and 1952 high school yearbooks, and graduation tassel; his mother Gladys’ poodle purse, dress shoes and social security card; family loan papers; and paystubs from Elvis’ first job as a delivery truck driver for Crown Electric.
  • Elvis Mania. In 1956, Elvis released his first album on the RCA recording label and appeared on a variety of nationally televised shows, including the Ed Sullivan show. This is the same year that Elvis first graced the silver screen in his acting debut, “Love Me Tender,” and had a No. 1 hit by the same name. The Elvis Mania exhibit documents this rise to fame including personal copies of his first singles on the Sun record label,1955 RCA contract, a variety of Elvis Presley collectibles, his custom leather guitar case, the gold record for his eponymous first album, and wardrobe pieces from “Jailhouse Rock,” which was released in 1957.
  • Elvis in the Army. From 1958 to 1960, Elvis took a break from his singing and acting career and proudly served his country n the U.S. Army. This marks a particularly poignant time in his life, as he met his future wife – Priscilla Beaulieu – while stationed in Germany. Guests in this exhibit see Elvis’ army fatigues, fan letters, a check written to Moulin Rouge from his time on leave in Paris, and iconic photos of his famous military haircut at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
  • Graceland. At the young age of 22, Elvis purchased his first home where he would live with his mother, father and grandmother. A 17,000-square-foot property sitting on 13 acres, Graceland was a place where Elvis could relax and get away from his busy life as a singer and actor. Later in life, Priscilla and Elvis would marry and raise their daughter Lisa Marie at Graceland, a home Elvis vowed to never sell. Today, Graceland is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. At the Las Vegas exhibit one area that showcases Elvis’ Memphis home allows guests to see baby Lisa Marie’s footprints and baby shoes, a silver tray etched with Elvis and Priscilla’s photo on their wedding day, their wedding china and more.
  • Elvis in Hollywood. Between 1958and 1968, Elvis left live performance touring to serve in the U.S. Army and then focus on his movie career, starring in 31 feature films – such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “King Creole,” “Viva Las Vegas” and “Blue Hawaii” – and two theatrical musical documentaries, including Golden Globe winner “Elvis on Tour.” This exhibit features a collection of scripts, movie posters, a pair of coveralls worn in “Viva Las Vegas,” his bomber jacket from “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and more.
  • Elvis in Las Vegas. For Elvis’ first stint in Las Vegas at the New Frontier in April 1956, Colonel Parker billed him as the “Atomic–Powered Singer.” This title would prove true as Elvis signed a deal with the International Hotel in 1969 and became the reigning king of live entertainment in Las Vegas, breaking all box office records for the city. Guests exploring Elvis’ Las Vegas history can see iconic stage costumes from Elvis’ live performances, Priscilla’s dress from Elvis’ opening night at the International Hotel, the suit Elvis wore when signing his 1969 contract, and never-before-displayed advertisements placed by Parker throughout the city from bus stops to billboards. Of particular note is the gold–plated belt encrusted with diamonds, rubies and sapphires that Elvis received in 1969 for breaking Las Vegas breaking box office records and later wore for a meeting with President Nixon in the Oval Office; and a contract written by Parker on a table cloth – complete with coffee stains – when owners of the International Hotel agreed to initial terms on Elvis’ long-term engagement.
  • Elvis on the Road. Even before he became the king of rock & roll, Elvis loved anything with a motor that moved fast. This would become a theme in his life especially after he achieved fame. It’s estimated that Elvis purchased more than 200 cars – some for family and friends, others for strangers and dozens for himself – including Cadillacs, Rolls Royces, Mercedes and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Elvis was often behind the wheel driving his band members for early tours and cross-country trips. Guests to this exhibit can view cars from Elvis’ collection, including a 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle, 1962 Lincoln Continental and the1971 prototype Stutz Blackhawk delivered to Elvis at the International Hotel.
  • 1968 Comeback Special. After an eight-year hiatus from live musical performances, Elvis took to the stage once again for a concert taped on NBC’s Burbank lot dubbed the “1968 Comeback Special.” Elvis reenergized his singing career performing a collection of classic hits and new material for the TV special, which was NBC’s highest rated show of the year, priming Elvis for his Las Vegas run. The exhibit space documenting this performance includes Elvis’ iconic “If I Can Dream” white suit, and the blue chair used in the sit-down jam sessions in the special.

ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND WEDDING CHAPEL
Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel at the Westgate is the first chapel outside of Graceland to be operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Couples can be joined together in an atmosphere of southern hospitality unique to the Graceland experience.
Winners of a nationwide contest by NBC’s Today Show, Kaycee Satava and Cameron Baker, were the first couple to be married at Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel the morning of April 23, with Priscilla Presley serving as matron of honor. Kaycee became an Elvis fan as a child, when she would listen to his music and watch his movies as she took medication for a health condition that forced her to be immobile for long periods of time.
Wedding and vow renewal packages for Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel have been specially designed to bring the authentic and memorable Graceland wedding experience to Las Vegas. For information on booking the chapel for a wedding or vow renewal ceremony, visit Graceland.com/Vegas.
ELVIS EXPERIENCE LIVE MUSICAL PRODUCTION
The newly renamed and renovated Elvis Presley Theater at the International Showroom is now featuring the critically acclaimed “Elvis Experience,” produced by LCQ Productions, on the very stage where Elvis performed for millions of guests during his record-breaking, seven-year stint from 1969 through 1976. The theater has been restored to have the same look and feel it had when Elvis performed in this historic showroom.
Elvis Experience is a large-scale production replicating one of Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas shows, starring actor Martin Fontaine and featuring 24 musicians and eight choir members portraying the original musicians and artists on stage with Elvis. Elvis Experience performs Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49 plus taxes and fees. Following this limited engagement that will end May 30, the property will feature other limited-run, Graceland–produced live shows in The Elvis Presley Theater.
Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings, LLC, stated, “In a country without royalty, there has truly only been, and continues to be, one king – Elvis Presley. And now in Las Vegas, there is only one place to see the real thing, at the Westgate Resort & Casino.” He continued, “I can promise each and every visitor to our Elvis exhibition, live shows and chapel, an experience that will make them want to come back time and time again, as well as take a trip to Memphis to visit the one and only Graceland.”
To purchase tickets now for the exhibition and “Elvis Experience” live show, and for information about the wedding chapel packages, please visit Graceland.com/Vegas. For more information or to book accommodations at the new Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to www.westgatevegas.com.
Videos and photos from the grand opening festivities will be loaded to the following MediaSilo account throughout the day.
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ABOUT GRACELAND AND ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland, its related properties, including the recently-announced Guest House at Graceland 450-room hotel to be built in Memphis, as well as the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours and attractions worldwide, including “Direct from Graceland: Elvis at The O2” in London, and the upcoming “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience” coming to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. In 2013, Graceland was voted the #1 Iconic American Attraction by USA Today and 10Best.com readers. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit graceland.com.
ABOUT WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO
The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a legendary world-class destination adjacent to the Convention Center, offers a unique blend of entertainment, excitement and amenities. The property hosts more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space amid an iconic casino featuring the world’s largest race and sports SuperBook®, eight restaurants and the entertainment mix of The Elvis Presley Theater at the International Showroom, and Westgate Cabaret. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is currently undergoing a property-wide $100 million renovation starting with 300 timeshare units, the International Bar and 1,200 signature rooms. For more information or to book accommodations, contact us toll free at (800) 732-7117 or online at www.westgatevegas.com.
Media contacts for Elvis Presley’s Graceland:
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Media contacts for “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience”:
Kirvin Doak Communications at 702-737-3100
Natalie Mounier / Maddie Meister
nmounier@kirvindoak.com / mmeister@kirvindoak.com

Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley presided over a formal “blue suede” ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil their personal treasures from the family archives, from rarely seen artifacts including Elvis’ personal television remote from his Graceland bedroom to Lisa Marie’s baby shoes. In the first wedding held at Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel, Priscilla served as matron of honor for NBC Today Show’s contest–winning couple, Kaycee Satava and Cameron Baker. Later that evening, Priscilla and Lisa Marie walked hand-in-hand down the red carpet for the VIP gala debut of the “Elvis Experience” – a musical production that embodies the spirit of the king himself. Mother and daughter were joined by family including Lisa Marie’s husband, guitarist Michael Lockwood; Lisa Marie’s son Benjamin Keough; Elvis’ best friend Jerry Schilling; the late Colonel Tom Parker’s wife Loanne Parker; and a star-studded procession of celebrity guests.
“Just think, it was 59 years ago that Elvis performed his first show in Las Vegas,” said Priscilla Presley. “Elvis loved Las Vegas and he loved his fans – he would be the first to welcome you to this great exhibition of his life. Lisa and I are so happy to share these wonderful artifacts from our family with you and are thrilled to bring the authentic Elvis back to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years.”
FIRST PERMANENT ELVIS EXHIBITION OUTSIDE OF GRACELAND
The first-ever permanent Elvis exhibition outside of Graceland encompasses more than 28,000 square feet and includes hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives. The exhibition takes visitors on an unprecedented journey through Elvis’ life and career, beginning with his early days in Tupelo, Mississippi through his first recording session in Memphis, rise to fame, Hollywood career, life at Graceland, the Las Vegas years and more. Graceland-produced videos immerse guests in the experience, concluding with a 26-minute retrospective film featuring Elvis’ greatest performances. Select artifacts will be rotated regularly with artifacts from the Graceland Archives to ensure the exhibit is constantly evolving and remains fresh. The exhibition is open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm. Tickets are priced at $22 plus taxes and fees, and are available for purchase at Graceland.com/Vegas.
Exhibition Highlights:

  • Tupelo and Memphis. This collection of artifacts follows Elvis’ humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi to his family’s move to Memphis, where Elvis’ discovery of gospel blues would influence his music and drive his rock & roll sound. Guests can peruse family portraits; the Presley family bible; Elvis’ 1950 and 1952 high school yearbooks, and graduation tassel; his mother Gladys’ poodle purse, dress shoes and social security card; family loan papers; and paystubs from Elvis’ first job as a delivery truck driver for Crown Electric.
  • Elvis Mania. In 1956, Elvis released his first album on the RCA recording label and appeared on a variety of nationally televised shows, including the Ed Sullivan show. This is the same year that Elvis first graced the silver screen in his acting debut, “Love Me Tender,” and had a No. 1 hit by the same name. The Elvis Mania exhibit documents this rise to fame including personal copies of his first singles on the Sun record label,1955 RCA contract, a variety of Elvis Presley collectibles, his custom leather guitar case, the gold record for his eponymous first album, and wardrobe pieces from “Jailhouse Rock,” which was released in 1957.
  • Elvis in the Army. From 1958 to 1960, Elvis took a break from his singing and acting career and proudly served his country n the U.S. Army. This marks a particularly poignant time in his life, as he met his future wife – Priscilla Beaulieu – while stationed in Germany. Guests in this exhibit see Elvis’ army fatigues, fan letters, a check written to Moulin Rouge from his time on leave in Paris, and iconic photos of his famous military haircut at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
  • Graceland. At the young age of 22, Elvis purchased his first home where he would live with his mother, father and grandmother. A 17,000-square-foot property sitting on 13 acres, Graceland was a place where Elvis could relax and get away from his busy life as a singer and actor. Later in life, Priscilla and Elvis would marry and raise their daughter Lisa Marie at Graceland, a home Elvis vowed to never sell. Today, Graceland is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. At the Las Vegas exhibit one area that showcases Elvis’ Memphis home allows guests to see baby Lisa Marie’s footprints and baby shoes, a silver tray etched with Elvis and Priscilla’s photo on their wedding day, their wedding china and more.
  • Elvis in Hollywood. Between 1958and 1968, Elvis left live performance touring to serve in the U.S. Army and then focus on his movie career, starring in 31 feature films – such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “King Creole,” “Viva Las Vegas” and “Blue Hawaii” – and two theatrical musical documentaries, including Golden Globe winner “Elvis on Tour.” This exhibit features a collection of scripts, movie posters, a pair of coveralls worn in “Viva Las Vegas,” his bomber jacket from “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and more.
  • Elvis in Las Vegas. For Elvis’ first stint in Las Vegas at the New Frontier in April 1956, Colonel Parker billed him as the “Atomic–Powered Singer.” This title would prove true as Elvis signed a deal with the International Hotel in 1969 and became the reigning king of live entertainment in Las Vegas, breaking all box office records for the city. Guests exploring Elvis’ Las Vegas history can see iconic stage costumes from Elvis’ live performances, Priscilla’s dress from Elvis’ opening night at the International Hotel, the suit Elvis wore when signing his 1969 contract, and never-before-displayed advertisements placed by Parker throughout the city from bus stops to billboards. Of particular note is the gold–plated belt encrusted with diamonds, rubies and sapphires that Elvis received in 1969 for breaking Las Vegas breaking box office records and later wore for a meeting with President Nixon in the Oval Office; and a contract written by Parker on a table cloth – complete with coffee stains – when owners of the International Hotel agreed to initial terms on Elvis’ long-term engagement.
  • Elvis on the Road. Even before he became the king of rock & roll, Elvis loved anything with a motor that moved fast. This would become a theme in his life especially after he achieved fame. It’s estimated that Elvis purchased more than 200 cars – some for family and friends, others for strangers and dozens for himself – including Cadillacs, Rolls Royces, Mercedes and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Elvis was often behind the wheel driving his band members for early tours and cross-country trips. Guests to this exhibit can view cars from Elvis’ collection, including a 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle, 1962 Lincoln Continental and the1971 prototype Stutz Blackhawk delivered to Elvis at the International Hotel.
  • 1968 Comeback Special. After an eight-year hiatus from live musical performances, Elvis took to the stage once again for a concert taped on NBC’s Burbank lot dubbed the “1968 Comeback Special.” Elvis reenergized his singing career performing a collection of classic hits and new material for the TV special, which was NBC’s highest rated show of the year, priming Elvis for his Las Vegas run. The exhibit space documenting this performance includes Elvis’ iconic “If I Can Dream” white suit, and the blue chair used in the sit-down jam sessions in the special.

ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRACELAND WEDDING CHAPEL
Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel at the Westgate is the first chapel outside of Graceland to be operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Couples can be joined together in an atmosphere of southern hospitality unique to the Graceland experience.
Winners of a nationwide contest by NBC’s Today Show, Kaycee Satava and Cameron Baker, were the first couple to be married at Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel the morning of April 23, with Priscilla Presley serving as matron of honor. Kaycee became an Elvis fan as a child, when she would listen to his music and watch his movies as she took medication for a health condition that forced her to be immobile for long periods of time.
Wedding and vow renewal packages for Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel have been specially designed to bring the authentic and memorable Graceland wedding experience to Las Vegas. For information on booking the chapel for a wedding or vow renewal ceremony, visit Graceland.com/Vegas.
ELVIS EXPERIENCE LIVE MUSICAL PRODUCTION
The newly renamed and renovated Elvis Presley Theater at the International Showroom is now featuring the critically acclaimed “Elvis Experience,” produced by LCQ Productions, on the very stage where Elvis performed for millions of guests during his record-breaking, seven-year stint from 1969 through 1976. The theater has been restored to have the same look and feel it had when Elvis performed in this historic showroom.
Elvis Experience is a large-scale production replicating one of Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas shows, starring actor Martin Fontaine and featuring 24 musicians and eight choir members portraying the original musicians and artists on stage with Elvis. Elvis Experience performs Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49 plus taxes and fees. Following this limited engagement that will end May 30, the property will feature other limited-run, Graceland–produced live shows in The Elvis Presley Theater.
Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings, LLC, stated, “In a country without royalty, there has truly only been, and continues to be, one king – Elvis Presley. And now in Las Vegas, there is only one place to see the real thing, at the Westgate Resort & Casino.” He continued, “I can promise each and every visitor to our Elvis exhibition, live shows and chapel, an experience that will make them want to come back time and time again, as well as take a trip to Memphis to visit the one and only Graceland.”
To purchase tickets now for the exhibition and “Elvis Experience” live show, and for information about the wedding chapel packages, please visit Graceland.com/Vegas. For more information or to book accommodations at the new Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to www.westgatevegas.com.
Videos and photos from the grand opening festivities will be loaded to the following MediaSilo account throughout the day.
Web Address: https://elvispresleysgraceland.mediasilo.com
Username: Media_EPE
Password: Elvis1935
Assets can be found under the PROJECTS tab in the LAS VEGAS folder.
ABOUT GRACELAND AND ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland, its related properties, including the recently-announced Guest House at Graceland 450-room hotel to be built in Memphis, as well as the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours and attractions worldwide, including “Direct from Graceland: Elvis at The O2” in London, and the upcoming “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience” coming to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. In 2013, Graceland was voted the #1 Iconic American Attraction by USA Today and 10Best.com readers. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit graceland.com.
ABOUT WESTGATE LAS VEGAS RESORT & CASINO
The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a legendary world-class destination adjacent to the Convention Center, offers a unique blend of entertainment, excitement and amenities. The property hosts more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space amid an iconic casino featuring the world’s largest race and sports SuperBook®, eight restaurants and the entertainment mix of The Elvis Presley Theater at the International Showroom, and Westgate Cabaret. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is currently undergoing a property-wide $100 million renovation starting with 300 timeshare units, the International Bar and 1,200 signature rooms. For more information or to book accommodations, contact us toll free at (800) 732-7117 or online at www.westgatevegas.com.
Media contacts for Elvis Presley’s Graceland:
David Beckwith at 323-845-9836
david@thebeckwithcompany.com

Kevin Kern at 901-344-3127
kkern@graceland.com
Media contacts for “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition – The Show – The Experience”:
Kirvin Doak Communications at 702-737-3100
Natalie Mounier / Maddie Meister
nmounier@kirvindoak.com / mmeister@kirvindoak.com

Great Performances of Le Nozze di Figaro

NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2014  Mozart’s elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS.
Eyre’s staging of the opera, in which the romantic bonds of two couples are tested over the course of one eventful day, is set in a stately manor in 1930s Seville. Ildar Abdrazakov, star of Prince Igor (also seen on Great Performances at the Met) and an acclaimed Figaro at the Met in the past, sings the title role. The cast also includes Marlis Petersen as Figaro’s quick-witted bride-to-be, Susanna; Peter Mattei in one of his most acclaimed roles as Count Almaviva; Amanda Majeski in her Met debut as Almaviva’s wife, the long-suffering Countess; and Isabel Leonard as the boisterous page Cherubino. Eyre’s Met credits include the 2009 hit production of Carmen and last season’s Werther, both broadcast on Great Performances at the Met.
The Wall Street Journal found this new production of Le Nozze di Figaro to be “A swiftly paced, playful evening… Eyre skillfully built the comic ensembles to climaxes that made you laugh out loud… A happy Marriage at the Met.” New York Magazine raved, “A ravishing, intricately wrought evening of music, humor and emotional depth… An evening like this is the strongest argument for the continued vigor of the Met.”
A continuation of five characters’ stories, including Figaro, the Count and Countess, Bartolo, and Don Basilio, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (though written several decades earlier) is the sequel to Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which will be coming up on Great Performances at the Met on March 22 at 12 p.m. (check local listings). Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard stars in both productions, as Cherubino in Figaro and Rosina, the future countess, in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
One of the most popular operas of all time, Mozart’s Figaro features music that has been used in countless movies and advertisements, including Trading Places, The King’s Speech, and The Shawshank Redemption.
Soprano Renée Fleming hosts the broadcast.
Le Nozze di Figaro  was originally seen live in movie theaters on October 18 as part of the groundbreaking The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters and performing arts centers in 69 countries around the world. The transmission reached a record-breaking 16 million viewers.
Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.
Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Major funding for the Met Opera presentation is provided by Donald G. Sisler, with additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, and public television viewers.
For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs the telecast. Jay David Saks is Music Producer, Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer.  For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.
Visit Great Performances online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information on this and other Great Performances programs.
About WNET
As New York’s flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore App where users can stream PBS content for free.
About the MetUnder the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director James Levine, the Met has a series of bold initiatives underway that are designed to broaden its audience and revitalize the company’s repertory. The Met’s 2014-15 season features five new productions shown Live in HD, including Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by James Levine and directed by Richard Eyre; Lehár’s The Merry Widow, conducted by Andrew Davis and directed by Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman; Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Paul Curran; Tchaikovsky’s one-act opera Iolanta presented in a double bill with a new staging of Bartók’s one-act Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Treliński; and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi and directed by David McVicar.
Building on its 84-year-old radio broadcast history—heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network—the Met uses advanced media distribution platforms and state-of-the-art technology to reach audiences around the world. The Met: Live in HD, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world, returns for its ninth season in 2014-15 with ten live transmissions. Met Opera on Demand, a subscription service, makes selections from the company’s extensive video and audio catalog of full-length performances available to the public online in exceptional, state-of-the-art quality. Metropolitan Opera Radio on Sirius XM broadcasts live performances from the Met stage three times a week during the opera season and the Met offers free live audio streaming of performances on its website once a week during the opera season.

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“Little Sparrow”


“The art is an outburst of the soul, the translation of the suffering or the care of a serious social malaise?
Likely! I’ve never met an artist lacking sensitivity and I’ve never seen sensitivity without pain, without inner struggle.
If you think that everything is due and that some people are privileged why with a gift of nature, remember the little sparrow, remember the “voix du paradisremember the sublime Edith Piaf.

FGuzzardi

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Edith Piaf
by name of  Edith Giovanna Gassion  
born December 19, 1915, Paris, France
died
October 10, 1963, Plascassier, near Grasse

French singer and actress whose interpretation of the chanson, or French ballad, made her internationally famous. Among her trademark songs were Non, je ne regrette rien (“No, I Don’t Regret Anything”) and La Vie en rose(literally “Life in Pink” [i.e., through “rose-coloured glasses,” from an optimistic point of view]).
Piaf’s songs and singing style seemed to reflect the tragedies of her own difficult life. Her mother, a café singer, abandoned her at birth, and she was taken in by her grandmother, who reared the girl in a house of prostitution. Piaf became blind at age three as a complication of meningitis but recovered her sight four years later. A few years after that she joined her father, a circus acrobat, and accompanied him while he performed. She sang in the streets of Parisuntil she was discovered by Louis Leplée, a cabaret owner, who gave her her first nightclub job. It was Leplée who began calling her “la môme piaf,” Parisian slang for “little sparrow,” in apparent reference to her diminutive size—under 5 feet (142 cm) tall and about 90 pounds (40 kg) in weight. She later adopted the name professionally. Her debut was acclaimed by the actor Maurice Chevalier, who was in the audience that night.


In 1935 Piaf made her theatrical debut, and within a few years she was singing in the large music halls of Paris. Initially her material was standard music hall fare, but eventually she had songwriters such as Marguerite Monnot and Michel Emer writing songs specifically for her. In the mid-1940s she became a mentor to the young Yves Montand, and she worked with him in the film Étoile sans lumière(1946; “Star Without Light”). She had an affair with the middleweight boxer Marcel Cerdan, who died in a plane crash on his way to meet her. Her unhappy personal life and unadorned though dramatic style underlined her expressive mezzo-soprano voice, and she was able to move audiences wherever she or her recordings traveled.
In addition to singing, she recorded her thoughts about her life in two books, Au bal de la chance (1958; “At the Ball of Fortune”; Eng. trans. The Wheel of Fortune) and the posthumously published Ma vie (1964; “My Life”; Eng. trans. 1990). Piaf’s recordings remained available into the 21st century, and she was the subject of several biographies as well as plays and movies.

Frida Kahlo

By F Guzzardi
When analyzing the profiles of famous people with disabilities, tends to emphasize the aspect of “heroic” character and  the dark side and difficult. In the case of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, disability has been disguised by its ability to sublimate the painin personal works of art that are appreciatedregardless of its extraordinary biography.

His life was intense and cruel. characterized bystrong emotions and torments that procureddepression. But his art is a testimony of the success achieved that saves it from being considered to be a “victim” that a icon with disabilities “, in spite of apatriarchal culture, of an unfaithful husband and a horrible accident that could have been nourish the mythof “tragic heroine”.

She was a woman with a disability whofrom the outset faced her plight opposing Doom,able to transform the immobility opportunities in artistic and subsequently to transform suffering into art. The pain depicted in his paintings is never tragic, if anything bold and vivid: Frida draws the strength and the weakness of mankind.
 
The numerous self-portraits, unusual and full of color, make us perceivewhat this woman’s body wound, was central to his ar and in his life

Frida was a woman with a special force, you probably need to have to address both the health problems that the most strictly personal. The thirty have undergone surgical operations, some non-essential froma medical point of view, or the fury with which he sought to accomplish threepregnancies, without success, showing the determination to overcome the barrier of his frail body, considered an obstacle to his strong personality and the enormous thirst for life.

Even the relationship with the famous painter Diego Rivera,which caused more pain than joy, brings out the intense passion with which hewas able to deal with the drift frustrating and turn this obsession into a loving bond almost mystical. In the pages of his diary, kept over the last ten years of his life, Frida declares his passionunreservedly to her husband, and only after the amputation of his right leg, a year before his death, it appears the inevitable discomfortthat makes her feel inadequate and eager to leave.

Frida Kahlo wasborn in 1907 in Coyoacán, then a suburb of Mexico City. The mother had mestizo origins, father, photographer, was born inBaden-Baden. His parents, in fact, Hungarian Jews had emigrated toGermany.
The relationship with his father was characterized by great admiration andaffection and when he painted the portrait, he added on the bottom of it the words: “I pictured my father Wilhelm Kahlo, original Hungarian-German artist and photographerby profession, character generous, intelligent, noble and courageous, because, although it has sufferedfrom epilepsy for sixty years, he never stopped working and fought against Hitler, withadmiration. His daughter Frida Kahlo. “

Mexican painter noted for her intense, brilliantly coloured self-portraits painted in a primitivistic style. Though she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist. She was married to muralist Diego Rivera (1929, separated 1939, remarried 1941).

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>In 1925 Kahlo was involved in a bus accident that so seriously injured her that she had to undergo some 35 medical operations. During her slow recovery from the trauma, Kahlo taught herself to paint. She showed her early efforts to Rivera, whom she had met a few years earlier, and he encouraged her to continue to paint. After their marriage, Kahlo traveled (1930–33) with Rivera, who had received commissions for murals from several cities in the United States. In 1938 she met André Breton, a leading Surrealist, who championed her work; both Breton and Marcel Duchamp were influential in arranging for some of the exhibits of her work in the United States and Europe. In 1943 she was appointed a professor of painting at La Esmeralda, the Education Ministry’s School of Fine Arts. Her house in Coyoacán is now the Frida Kahlo Museum. The Diary of Frida Kahlo, covering the years 1944–54, and The Letters of Frida Kahlo were both published in 1995.
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Frida Kahlo de Rivera,  original name  MagdalenaCarmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón  
born July 6, 1907, Coyoacán, Mex.
died
July 13, 1954, Coyoacán

 

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