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December 3, 2016

I wish we could have been celebrating with him

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GSTAAD, Switzerland — Two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci won his first-round match at the Swiss Open on Tuesday, beating Gerald Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-4. The 93rd-ranked Brazilian, who next plays fifth-seeded Federico Delbonis of Argentina, won two of his three career titles on clay in the Swiss mountains, in 2009 and 2012. Last years runner-up, seventh-seeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands, also won his opener, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 against Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan. Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, the defending champion, begins against Kenny De Schepper after the Frenchman beat Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (3). Sixth-seeded Gilles Simon was unable to complete his first-round match due to a back injury. The Frenchman retired when trailing 6-2, 3-2 against Pablo Andujar of Spain. Swiss wild card Yann Marti beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain in a match held over from Monday evening, when darkness forced play to be suspended. Resuming at 5-5 in the deciding set, the 212th-ranked Marti beat Gimeno-Traver 5-7, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5). Also Tuesday, Blaz Rola of Slovenia beat Brazils Fabiano De Paula 6-4, 6-4 and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany advanced due to another injury retirement. Struff led Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 1-0 when the Austrian could not continue. Marcel Dionne Kings Jersey. How foolishly wrong I was. Forget the now inherent corruption and back handed favours that plague the beautiful game. Goal Line Technology? Youre having a laugh. As for them penalty cheating bandits, footballs lawmakers upend them by awarding the penalty to the opponent each time a player attempts to con the referee into awarding ghost penalties. Tyler Toffoli Kings Jersey. Pospisil, from Vancouver, and Sock will compete for the title against defending champions and top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States, who defeated the 12th-seeded French duo of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2. http://www.officialkingshockey.com/Wayne-Gretzky-Jersey/. The Thornhill, Ont., native, who is ranked 11th in the world, said hed hoped he would be ready when Canada begins its World Group first-round tie against Japan in Tokyo on Friday. Luc Robitaille Kings Jersey. Lisicki beat South African Chanelle Scheepers by a 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) margin. Next up for the Wimbledon runner-up will be Slovenian Polona Hercog, who outlasted Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. Marian Gaborik Kings Jersey. Five years ago, Nestor and Zimonjic beat the American twins to win the title. But the Bryans, the worlds top-ranked team, needed 74 minutes to earn the victory Saturday as both Nestor and Zimonjic lost serve in the second set.HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Michael Jordan was one of Denny Hamlins biggest fans in the pits, rooting on the NASCAR star as he fell short of winning the Sprint Cup championship.Air Jordan still has a 6-0 edge in championship rings over Hamlin.I wish we could have been celebrating with him, Hamlin said. Well have to wait another year for that.Hamlin is a Charlotte Hornets season-ticket holder and developed a friendship with the NBA team owner and basketball Hall of Famer. Jordan arrived at Hamlins pit box via golf cart and watched the race like a true fan, complete with a scanner to follow all the action.Kevin Harvick won Sundays race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the championship. Hamlin led 50 laps before fading to seventh.Its cool for him to take time out and come down here and show support, Hamlin said. Hes a race fan. Hes a huge race fan. When he came in the motorhome earlier today, he brought a big group with him and talked about how hes converted all these people into being race faans.dddddddddddd He knows everybody and he knows the sport.Jordan, who won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, put in a ticket request with Hamlins team.I told him we could do better than that, Hamlin said, smiling.Hamlin had the A-list advantage in his NASCAR championship drive. Harvick had UFC fighter Donald Cowboy Cerrone and country singer Jake Owen in his corner.Hamlin also tweeted a photo Saturday night of his meeting with rapper Lil Wayne. Hamlin was out Saturday night for a low-key 34th birthday party with family and friends on South Beach. Hamlin, wide-eyed in the photo for the late night, ran into the rapper and tweeted: Thanks for @LilTunechi for coming down and wishing us luck for tomorrow!! Bday dinner complete time for some sleep!Championship contender Ryan Newman wondered if Jordan, a noted Hanes pitchman, had a good-luck gift for Hamlin to wear under his firesuit.Did he bring some underwear for you, Newman asked.No, Hamlin said, laughing. Cheap NFL Jerseys China ‘ ‘ ‘

November 13, 2016

Smart made his first field goal

Category: Art,museumcherry452 @ 8:03 pm

SUNDERLAND, England — Connor Wickham made it five goals in three games as Sunderland moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 4-0 victory over 10-man Cardiff on Sunday. The 21-year-old Wickham headed Sunderland into a 26th-minute lead –to add to the double he scored at Manchester City and his strike in last weekends win at Chelsea — and then sealed the win with a late header. He played a key role in the second goal too, as he forced defender Juan Cala into the ill-judged challenge which cost him a red card and his side a penalty. Fabio Borini made no mistake from the spot and substitute Emanuele Giaccherini added a third 14 minutes from time. It was just Sunderlands fourth league victory at the Stadium of Light in 17 attempts. But more importantly, it lifted the Black Cats from the foot of the table and out of the bottom three, albeit only on goal difference, as they leapfrogged Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich. Canada Goose Jackets On Sale.twitter.com/TeZD3KOvlA — Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) September 24, 2014 Sorry for the delay, we just got back from lunch at Papa Vons #NBAFastFood pic. Canada Goose Trillium Parka Sale. Bookies were offering odds of 13/1 before kickoff that the home team Houston Dynamo would prevail by three goals to nil. http://www.canadagoosejacketsalesca.com/canada-goose-expedition-parka/expedition-parka-womens.html. For the Athletics, hes extremely important at the top of the order, especially with Coco Crisp hurting. Jaso drove in three runs Sunday night, helping Scott Kazmir and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 9-3. Canada Goose Jackets Canada. Poti played in 824 regular NHL games with four teams in his career; the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals. Canada Goose Victoria Parka Navy. – The Mavericks built a 12-point lead with 2:50 to play, gave away all but two points of it, and still managed to hang on. STILLWATER, Okla. — Marcus Smart scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half to help Oklahoma State defeat No. 5 Kansas 72-65 on Saturday night and give a major boost to the Cowboys once-fading NCAA tournament hopes. Oklahoma State (19-10, 7-9 Big 12) overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half. The Cowboys improved to 3-0 since Smart returned from a three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan. Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points for Kansas (22-7, 13-3), which already had clinched the Big 12 title outright before tipoff because Texas and Iowa State lost earlier. The student section was filled nearly an hour before the opening tip. The crowd included Oklahoma City Thunder players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and their coach, Scott Brooks. Wiggins three-point play tied the game at 64 with just over 2 minutes to play. Kamari Murphys layup gave Oklahoma State a 66-64 lead with 1:37 remaining. Kansas Naadir Tharpe missed a jumper, and Murphy pulled in the rebound. Smart made a layup with 46.1 seconds left to push Oklahoma States lead to four, then he broke the press and hit another layup with 23.8 seconds to go to put the game out of reach. The Jayhawks led 26-25 at halftime despite 35 per cent shooting. Oklahoma State shot just 24 per cent in the first half but forced 11 turnovers. LeBryan Nash and Markel Brown scored ninee points each to keep the Cowboys in the game.dddddddddddd Smart had one point on 0-for-7 shooting. Wiggins scored five points in the half but committed two fouls. Brown hit a 3-pointer in the opening seconds of the second half to give Oklahoma State a 28-26 lead, but Kansas answered with a 3-pointer by Wayne Selden. Smart made his first field goal, a 3-pointer, with 17:46 to play. He drew the third foul on Joel Embiid with 14:19 to go and the Jayhawks up 38-36. Wiggins picked up his third foul 11 seconds later. Kansas responded with a run. With both freshman stars on the bench, Tharpe and Selden drained 3-pointers that put the Jayhawks up 46-38. A three-point play by Perry Ellis pushed Kansas lead to nine, and a pair of free throws by Wiggins extended the margin to 10 for the first time. Oklahoma State muscled its way back into the game with a three-point play by Nash and a long lob by Smart to Brown that cut Kansas lead to five and got the crowd back into the game. The Cowboys moved into the double bonus with 5:50 remaining, and Brown made two free throws to give Oklahoma State a 60-59 lead. Nash picked up his fourth foul with 4:35 remaining, but Smart calmed him down after Nash disagreed with the call. Wiggins picked up his fourth foul with 4:09 to play. Smarts 3-pointer with 3:44 left put Oklahoma State up 63-61. Wholesale Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘

August 28, 2013

Whence Whitney, Wherefore MONA?

By Jim Welke

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The Whitney, by Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer

In 1929, after the Metropolitan Museum of Art refused a donation of artworks, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney founded the Whitney Museum of American Art. (These days, to acquire a memorable acronym, she might have named it WAAM.) In 1931, the museum sprang into existence in three converted row houses in Greenwich Village, NYC, one of which previously housed the Whitney Studio Club, a gallery Whitney opened in 1918. Whitney, a sculptor and art collector, financed the row house conversion. In 1954, the museum relocated to more expansive quarters, and then in 1966 moved yet again. With a collection that continued to outgrow its confines, the Whitney opened a branch at 55 Water Street, leased to the museum by building owner Harold Uris for $1, and then another satellite at Philip Morris in their Park Avenue lobby. In 2010, construction began on a new home for the Whitney in the Meatpacking District of NYC. Renzo Piano designed it, and the museum plans to move there in 2015.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

One might say the Whitney lived a peripatetic life, and continues to, at least until it settles into its new digs down by the High Line. In another fifty years, another move? Who knows? Art collections grow, neighborhoods change. Change is good, right?

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With that prologue in mind, direct your attention to Armada Michigan (Ar-may-da). There, on a sublime summer evening (Saturday, 24-Aug-2013), the Museum of New Art (MONA) opened a satellite location with their “Art of the Auction” event. Nearly a hundred artists donated works to the auction, a benefit to fund the growing museum. And likely twice as many art fans turned out for the countryside bash. Most of the works sold, and most received multiple bids penned on sheets pinned up beside each.

MONA NORTH: the approach

MONA NORTH: the approach

The gallery occupies one and half floors of a three-story structure. The third floor offers an apartment for an artist-in-residence, along with a glass-floored work studio that will insure perpetually spectacular lighting for the gallery below. Curator Jessica Hopkins placed the paintings — along with assistant Nicole Batchik, and artist Jef Bourgeau — in a manner that allowed each member of the disparate assortment to complement its neighbor, or generate sparks, depending on the content.

MONA NORTH: first floor gallery and atrium

MONA NORTH: first floor gallery and atrium

MONA NORTH: view from 2nd floor

MONA NORTH: view from 2nd floor

MONA NORTH: 2nd floor gallery

MONA NORTH: 2nd floor gallery

MONA NORTH: 2nd floor gallery

MONA NORTH: 2nd floor gallery

MONA NORTH: 2nd floor gallery

MONA NORTH: 2nd floor gallery

MONA NORTH: 2nd floor gallery

MONA NORTH: 2nd floor gallery

In the center of the downstairs gallery floor (visible from the open second floor), a vast laser cut MONA logo captures the attention of visitors. That graceful touch, along with the sumptuous grounds and the building renovation, represent the ideals and the vision of Dr. Paul Smith, an art collector and now fully committed patron of the arts in the most old school sense of the term. Together with Jef Bourgeau, Dr. Smith envisioned, planned, and executed this first class artistic annex to MONA’s Pontiac site (an institution conceived and launched by Jef Bourgeau). Aside from the material attributes of the new venue, the organizers staffed the event with folks –all volunteer — who knew what they were doing (not least of whom would be Hanne Skaarup, MONA Operations Manager, who makes all the wheels turn). As visitors arrived, placed bids, and then waited for the closing bell of the auction, trays of hors d’oeuvres floated past at regular intervals and affable bar tenders served cool drinks with easy efficiency. A guitarist drizzled melodies down on the brick patio outside the gallery. In one corner, a fire danced in a round pit.

To any objective observer, the auction signaled an auspicious moment for the non-profit MONA’s ambitious and ongoing expansion and outreach program.

The Whitney, while peripatetic, scraped through to establish a museum dear to the hearts of patrons and recognized as essential for their preservation and presentation of American contemporary art. Without such preservation and presentation, without the critical gaze of onlookers, without non-commercial documentation of the timeline, the progress of art slows and ossifies. Museums, if well-curated, participate and reveal themselves as integral to that progress; progress that enlightens and inspires artists and observers alike, adds froth to an otherwise workaday existence, and provokes the imagination of children to envision futures we can scarcely imagine. Art plays a sustaining role in society, just as commerce, medicine, and education do. Remove art from the mix, and an inexorable gray pall descends like a curtain. The more benighted may not immediately notice, but with time all will sense the absence of art — the air of civilization grows bitter without the refreshing churn of sights, sounds, thoughts and emotions engendered by art. If you doubt, witness the oppressive destruction of art by the Taliban, the rise of Mao and the Cultural Revolution, or the crush of Stalinist Soviet Union on free-expression. All of these events stand out for their abject oppression of human spirit and ensuing darkness. When regimes crush art, so too do they crush aspiration. Nor is it reasonable to think that bureaucrats or casual observers can define such a thing as “enough” art. The art landscape levels itself. Bad art forms the subterranean strata that great art rests on. Great art reveals itself by weathering storms of critique from interested and disinterested parties alike.

Led by inspired, committed, preferably obsessive nurturers, art institutions exist as essential internal organs of society. They offer mirrors to ourselves in which we can see the past, present, and future all at a glance. They distill our collective hopes, ambitions, and fears. They form our collective emotional nervous system. The need for museums to hold that mirror up, to remind us of the past and reassure us of the future looms greater in Detroit and its environs than any other place in the US. We face perils to both prosperity and justice led by crass, craven, self-interested, shadowy back room denizens cutting deals in favor of corporations at the expense of citizens. In Detroit Metro, several essential institutions play the role of cultural seer and speak truth to power: The Detroit Institute of Arts; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; Cranbrook Art Museum; The Flint Institute of Arts (not really Detroit Metro, but close, and notable for its persistence in a city currently ruled by a state-appointed emergency manager). If you think these institutions that grew from the blood, sweat, and tears of their founders do not matter, that we could toss one aside and be none the poorer, consider North Korea as your model.

If past is prologue, MONA will be around for a while. Sometimes, when sustained by unseen devotion, a thing will seem to pop into existence like a mushroom. But MONA — extant since 1996, and like the Whitney repeatedly reincarnating — stands more as a resilient sapling than a fragile fungus. Let’s hope they bring us a perpetual stream of inspiration and wonder, as they have in the past and did at their northern auction.

The next event at MONA NORTH, DOCUMENTA USA: Artist Materials Show, occurs on September 28th, and will likely be worth a look. Even a second look since the show rolls out new materials every 100 minutes for visitors to play with.

One last thing: Hearty cheers for the artists who donated their hard wrought work. This is about them, after all.

MONA NORTH: founders Jef Bourgeau and Paul Smith

MONA NORTH: founders Jef Bourgeau and Paul Smith

MONA NORTH: Curator Jessica Hopkins

MONA NORTH: Curator Jessica Hopkins

MONA NORTH: assistant to the directors, Nicole Batchik (behind desk)

MONA NORTH: Assistant to the Directors, Nicole Batchik (behind desk)

 

Jef Bourgeau and Hanne Skaarup, MONA Operations Manager

Jef Bourgeau and Hanne Skaarup, MONA Operations Manager / photo: Xiang Cclc

More photos of the event: MONA NORTH ART AUCTION

More photos of the art: MONA NORTH Art Auction — the work

To learn more about MONA, read our previous story: Museum of New Art Gains New Ground

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