WIZARD WORLD CRUISE ANNOUNCEMENT!
|We are excited to announce that our inaugural cruise will he attended by both Norman Reedus and Chris Hemsworth! Other announced guests include Ernie Hudson, Barry Bostwick, Joel Hodgson & Sara Underwood. Many more celebrity guests, artists and cosplayers will be announced soon.
Cabins go onsale to the general public on Wednesday April 20th at 12PM ET. Register your cruise accounts today
. All guests will need a cruise account to book.
Full details and pricing will be posted soon to www.wizardworldcruise.com. Info is also available on WizardWorld.com.
All guests will get:
• The following photo ops included in your reservation:
• (1) Cabin Photo Op with Chris Hemsworth & your cabinmates ($175 Value)
• (1) Cabin Photo Op with Norman Reedus & your cabinmates ($105 Value)
• At least (1) Cabin Photo op with another celebrity of your choice & your cabinmates
• A cabin onboard the NCL Sky for 3 nights (Dec 2-5, 2016)
• A Cruise sailing from Miami to Nassau on the Norwegian Sky
• All onboard meals during the cruise in the onboard dining rooms and buffet (Specialty dining will be available for purchase)
• A beverage package that includes designated spirits, cocktails, bottled beer, draft beer, and wines by the glass and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars
• Access to all Wizard World cruise events over 3 days (Dec 2-5, 2016)
• (1) Cruise commemorative ConBox per person
Guests who purchase a suite or balcony level cabin will receive the above and:
• (1) Individual Photo Op (In lieu of cabin photo op) with Chris Hemsworth ($175 Value)
• (1) Individual Photo Op (In lieu of cabin photo op) with Norman Reedus ($105 Value)
• (1) Chris Hemsworth autograph per person ($200 value)
• (1) Norman Reedus autograph per person ($80 value)
• First access to the panels in the onboard showroom
Stay tuned for more info coming soon!
See you onboard
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Friday, April 15, 2016
The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography:
Call For Entries Are Now Open
About The Smith Fund Grant
The grant is presented annually by The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund to photographers whose work is judged by a panel of experts to be in the best tradition of the compassionate dedication exhibited by W. Eugene Smith during his 45-year career in photojournalism. The grant, which honors the legendary photo-essayist, enables recipients to undertake and complete worthy photojournalistic and documentary projects.
“We continue to be amazed and inspired by the exceptional work that is submitted year after year from all over the world,” explains Lauren Wendle, president of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. “The 2015 recipient, Matt Black, is only the most recent example of the high level of excellence we are presented with each year.”
The recipient of the 2016 Smith Award will receive a $30,000 grant to complete a current or future documentary project. In addition, one or more Fellowships totaling $5,000 will be given to photographers.
Each year, the Board of Trusteesappoints a three-member international jury that meets twice during the adjudication process. Finalists are selected on the merit of the substantive, photographic, and intellectual merits of their project. They are then asked to submit a comprehensive print or electronic portfolio, and write, if necessary, a more detailed and focused proposal or answer questions by the jury regarding their project. The Grant and Fellowship recipients are chosen on the basis on these submissions.
The 20th Annual Howard Chapnick Grant
The Smith Fund also announced it will begin accepting applicationsfor the annual Howard Chapnick Grant as of June 1st through July 15th, 2016. The grant is presented to an individual for his or her leadership in any field ancillary to photojournalism, such as picture editing, research, education and management. It was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Howard Chapnick who led the Black Star photo agency, and to acknowledge his enormous contribution to photography. The annual $5,000 grant may be used by the recipient to finance a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, special research, a long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. This grant is not for the creation or production of photographs.
The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from The Incite Project, Canon USA and Swann Auction Galleries. Additional support is provided by Photo District News, International Center of Photography (ICP), School of Visual Arts (SVA) BFA Photography, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments, Media Storm, Synergy Communications, and Aperture.
“Awarding these grants each year is made possible through industry-wide support and by private donors,” Lauren Wendle explains. “As it is important that we continue the funding which allows these photographers to share their stories with the world, we invite any who are philanthropically minded and share our interest in this special form of photography, to contact us. The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Smith Fund are tax-deductible.”
WESTERN AUCTION HOUSES AWAIT IMPACT OF 20 MILLION CHINESE BUYERS AS BARNEBYS LAUNCH IN HONG KONG
“We expect to have 20-25 million Chinese buyers and sellers within five years. It is time to feed the dragon”Barnebys, the world's largest search engine for fine art and antiques auctions, launches in China this week.
Barnebys arrival in China means that Western buyers will now be able to access Chinese auction house catalogues when searching for an object and conversely millions of Chinese buyers will be able to access Western auction house catalogues to search for treasured items. The Barnebys mechanism means that you don’t have to trawl through hundreds of auction house catalogues, you simply enter what you are looking for and the Barnebys search engine will give you a list of who is selling such items, where and for how much.
As the world increasingly becomes one big marketplace, Barnebys, the leading search service for fine art and antiques, is taking the first step into opening up the Asian market to the world’s buyers and sellers.
The Chinese art market remains the second largest behind the U.S, accounting for 30.19% of the market total. in 2015* More museums were opened between 2000 and 2014 than in the previous two centuries, with the Asian market having the greatest share of the the 700 new museums opened.*
Barnebys Hong Kong launch includes a website in Chinese, as well as dedicated newsletters, a Facebook page, Twitter and Weibo.
Globally the company offers buyers and sellers access to some 1,500 auction houses and 500 art dealers.
Pontus Silfverstolpe, Barnebys Founder and Head of Content, says: “’The auction market is global and Barnebys intends to be a pioneer of new markets. So we believe that it is time to focus on China, as it is one of the world's largest markets for art and antiques. Our experience of entry into other markets in Europe and the USA tells us that we can expect to have 20 to 25 million Chinese buyers and sellers within the first five years. It is time for Barnebys to feed the Chinese dragon with the worlds collated art, design, antiques and collectibles.”
”China has enormous purchasing power. In recent years, Chinese buyers have been behind many of the American and European auction houses' most successful sales. This can be said, in particular, about the most expensive objects, but also objects from the lower price segment. In the beginning, the Chinese were mainly buying back their heritage, but in recent years we have seen more and more buying of ever wider categories, for example: Rolex watches, handbags, chandeliers, silver and 18th century painting.’’
With young Chinese artists emerging into the spotlight in the world’s art capitals: London, New York and Paris, Chinese art is being brought to the West in the same way Chinese and European antiquities are in demand in the East. Recently we saw the Fondation Louis Vuitton exhibition dedicated to contemporary Chinese art and London’s Marlborough recent solo exhibition of Song Yige’s works.”
Christopher Barnekow, Barnebys Founder and CEO, says: “Our future is written in Chinese. So, as a natural step in Barnebys mission to open up the global art, antiques and design market, we are now expanding our operations to the East, beginning with Hong Kong. South Asia’s middle classes are at a turning point, ready to explore the West’s art and antiques market. Barnebys offers a fantastic opportunity as a mechanism of discovery. From top notch high end items from Europe, to Chinese antiquities and fine Danish designed furniture at a bargain price, this marketplace is accessible and transparent thanks to Barnebys.’’
The mission of the launch in Hong Kong is to reach an ever more diverse market. In the past five years, Chinese collectors have grown in their buying and presence at European auctions. The Barnebys Hong Kong launch serves this ever growing market demand from the Chinese market to be able to reach European sellers, and vice versa, for these sellers to reach out to a huge potential of Eastern clientele.
*Figures according to Artprice market report for 2015.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY>DR. JOHN SEIRADAKIS (Radio Astronomer & Physics Professor) & TERRY POULOS at the NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM(Chicago,IL)