Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ Lives Again

Deluxe Reissue Features Extensive Rare Bonus Material

Sticky Fingers,’ one of the most revered albums in the storied catalog of the legendary Rolling Stones, is set to enthrall a new generation of admirers. The 1971 classic — which captured the band at the absolute peak of their powers, on timeless tracks such as ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘Bitch,’ ‘Sister Morphine‘ and ‘Dead Flowers‘ — will be reissued by Universal Music in a variety of formats worldwide on May 25 2015 (May 26 in North America).

Universal Music Enterprises - Sticky Fingers 2015 Packshot: Rolling Stones' 'Sticky Fingers' Reissue Released on May 26, 2015, (Original CD, Deluxe, Deluxe Edition Boxset, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset, Original LP, Deluxe Double LP Set, Deluxe Double LP Set-Limited Edition Spanish Cover, Digital Downloads) (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

Universal Music Enterprises – Sticky Fingers 2015 Packshot: Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ Reissue Released on May 26, 2015, (Original CD, Deluxe, Deluxe Edition Boxset, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset, Original LP, Deluxe Double LP Set, Deluxe Double LP Set-Limited Edition Spanish Cover, Digital Downloads) (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

STICKY FINGERS WILL BE REISSUED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC IN A VARIETY OF FORMATS WORLDWIDE ON MAY 25/26, 2015

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STICKY FINGERS FORMATS:

Original CD
Remastered album with 12 page booklet.

Original LP
Remastered album on black heavyweight vinyl plus 12×12 insert.

Deluxe 2CD
Remastered album plus bonus CD featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances with 24 page booklet.

Deluxe Edition Boxset
Remastered album, bonus CD featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances plus DVD with 2 tracks from ‘Live At The Marquee’.
All housed in a presentation box with 72 page hardback picture book and 4 postcard set.

Super Deluxe Edition Boxset
Remastered album and bonus CD featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances.
Plus ‘Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out’ CD, a DVD featuring 2 tracks from ‘Live At The Marquee’ and 7″ vinyl with Brown Sugar and Wild Horses.
All housed in a presentation box with hardback book complete with real zip.
Plus print, poster, 4 postcard set and mini replica of band cut out.
The carefully put together 120 page limited edition book recounts the making of this classic Stones album with an extensive essay by Nick Kent, embellished with previously unpublished images of the band and lavishly illustrated with metallic gold ink throughout.

Deluxe Double LP Set
Remastered album and bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances on two black heavyweight vinyls’.
Housed in an outer wallet with real zip.

Deluxe Double LP Set – Limited Edition Spanish Cover (e-commerce only)
Remastered album and bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances on two black heavyweight vinyls.
Housed in an outer wallet with Spanish cover.

Standard Download
Remastered album.

Deluxe Download
Remastered album plus bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances. Fans who pre-order on iTunes will receive an instant download of previously unreleased track ‘Wild Horses Acoustic’.

Super Deluxe Download
Remastered album, bonus tracks featuring previously unreleased alternate takes and live performances, plus ‘Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out’ live tracks. Fans who pre-order on iTunes will receive an instant download of previously unreleased track ‘Wild Horses Acoustic’.

Sticky Fingers‘, produced by regular confidant Jimmy Miller, was recorded in the remote location of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama. The band then reconvened, back home in the UK at both Jagger’s Stargroves country home (with the Rolling Stones Mobile) and Olympic Studios in London. ‘Sticky Fingers‘ was released shortly after the Stones became exiled in the south of France, leaving Britain after a sensational farewell tour. It also featured some of the most ground breaking artwork in rock history by Andy Warhol with its famous working zip on the front cover. Recreated in the Super Deluxe and Double Vinyl Deluxe Editions of the new package.

On April 23, 1971, 504 days after that first session in Alabama, ‘Sticky Fingers‘ was released, cheered on by media and public alike. “It is the latest beautiful chapter in the continuing story of the greatest rock group in the world,” wrote Rolling Stone.

As the album hit the shops that spring, ‘Brown Sugar’ hit the charts, and by early May, ‘Sticky Fingers‘ had become the band’s sixth UK #1 LP. Its four-week reign was matched by its performance in the US, and it also raced to the top in Australia, Canada and through much of Europe. As the aura grew around this essential part of the Stones’ epic story, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and became one of their four titles in the top 100 of Rolling Stone‘s critics’ poll of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Sticky Fingers‘ has been repeatedly hailed as one of the Stones’ all-time great albums, capturing their trademark combination of swagger and tenderness in a superb collection. It continued the incredible outpouring of creative energy that had produced 1968’s ‘Beggars Banquet‘ and ‘Let It Bleed‘ in 1969. After ‘Sticky Fingers‘, the Stones’ relocation to the south of France led to the double album masterpiece ‘Exile On Main St.’ The highly acclaimed ‘Sticky Fingers‘ showcased the ever more inventive song writing of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and formidable guitar licks from Mick Taylor.

The reissue arrives as The Rolling Stones continue to captivate audiences around the world with their stunning live performances. Last year’s 14 On Fire tour saw the band play for over a million fans and in 2015 the Stones will set out on a North American tour of stadiums and festivals. The Rolling Stones newly branded RS- ‘ZIP CODE’ Tour‘ will kick off in late May, see rollingstones.com for details.

The new editions of ‘Sticky Fingers‘ follow the worldwide critical and commercial success of the Stones’ two previous deluxe reissues, for ‘Exile‘ itself (which took the album back to No. 1 in the UK in 2010, 38 years after it first topped the chart) and the 1978 classic ‘Some Girls,’ repackaged in 2011.

As with those expanded releases, millions of Stones devotees will be hugely excited by not only the original album but the generous selection of previously unavailable material contained within the Deluxe and Super Deluxe formats. These include the alternative version of the chart-topping single ‘Brown Sugar‘ featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased interpretations of ‘Bitch,’ ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking‘ and ‘Dead Flowers‘; an acoustic take on the anthemic ‘Wild Horses‘, and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including ‘Honky Tonk Women‘ and ‘Midnight Rambler.’

The Super Deluxe edition will also house ‘Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!‘ the 13-track audio recording of the Stones’ gig in Leeds in March 1971, shortly before their “exile” in France began. The set included versions of the just-completed ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Bitch‘ and ‘Dead Flowers,’ one of their many authentic forays into country music territory.

There’s also a chance to see two numbers from the band’s famous Marquee Club show of March 26, 1971. Other features of the Super Deluxe Edition include a beautiful 120 page hardback book complete with real zip, featuring new liner notes and many rare and unseen photographs from the era plus a print, postcard set and more.

The welcome reappearance of ‘Sticky Fingers’ will not only restate the pre-eminence of this album landmark, but add even greater distinction to perhaps the greatest catalogue in rock music.

Sticky Fingers is available to pre order now. Pre orders placed on iTunes for Deluxe and Super Deluxe versions will receive an instant download of a previously unreleased, acoustic version of ‘Wild Horses‘. The track is also available to download and stream. Watch the lyric video here.

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Smithsonian Announces $2.5 Million Jazz Endowment by LeRoy Neiman Foundation and Installation of Neiman’s “Big Band” Painting

Annual Jazz Appreciation Celebration Includes Displays and Concerts

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and the Smithsonian‘s National Museum of American History will launch the celebration with a special announcement of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation‘s donation of a $2.5 million endowment towards the expansion of jazz programming. Through its incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Smithsonian Big Jazz Painting 2004: Smithsonian Announces $2.5 Million Jazz Endowment by LeRoy Neiman Foundation and Installation of Neiman's "Big Band" Painting (PRNewsFoto/Smithsonian's National Museum of)

Smithsonian Big Jazz Painting 2004: Smithsonian Announces $2.5 Million Jazz Endowment by LeRoy Neiman Foundation and Installation of Neiman’s “Big Band” Painting (PRNewsFoto/Smithsonian’s National Museum of)

Artist LeRoy Neiman (1921–2012) was best known for colorful paintings and illustrations that presented scenes of sports and entertainment. Among his work is a distinctive body of paintings of American jazz legends and music of the 1950s to 1960s. He established the LeRoy Neiman Foundation in 1986 and donated more than$20 million to art institutions, and his legacy continues with financial support to the museum’s jazz programming, including today’s donation.

In addition, the foundation is donating Neiman’s painting, “Big Band,” an epic jazz painting he considered as one of the greatest in his career. The painting is 9-by-13 feet and features 18 iconic jazz musicians, and it will be unveiled just inside of the museum’s Constitution Avenue entrance.

On the site of this new installation, the museum will develop the LeRoy Neiman Jazz Cafe on the first floor of the museum by the Constitution Avenue entrance. Designed to be a permanent space to celebrate the museum’s jazz collections, visitors will be welcomed by Neiman’s “Big Band,” as they enter. A second phase of renovations, slated to open this fall, will include a newly redesigned interior and iconic jazz visuals from the museum’s jazz collections and JAM-related materials.

The museum will announce its new five-year plan for jazz programming, made possible by the Neiman Foundation gift, and the detailed calendar of jazz activities for April 2015, including a special performance in commemoration of Billy Strayhorn‘s centennial by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO), the museum’s big band in residence. The National Museum of American History is home to unparalleled jazz collections, including 100,000 pages of Ellington’s unpublished music, John Coltrane‘s saxophone, and Fitzgerald’s famous red dress. The 17-member SJMO, led by conductor and artistic director Charlie Young, explores the jazz masters who shaped the development of American jazz and defined is character.

As part of the JAM 2015 kickoff, the museum will also receive several other significant acquisitions, including the upright bass and archives of jazz musician and double bassist, Ray Brown, who is known for his work with Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and others. In addition, the museum will receive the complete collection of the prodigious jazz photographer, Duncan Schiedt, as well as a print of the iconic Ella in Flight poster, also by Neiman.

This year’s JAM includes an array of programs in venues around Washington, D.C., exploring the themes of “Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn’s Centennial” and risk-taking in jazz. Highlights include the March 31Are Americans Risk-Takers?” conversation featuring 2015 Latin Jazz Grammy-award winner Arturo O’Farrill and the April 11 concert “Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn’s Centennial” by the SJMO. To download the museum’s complete schedule of events for JAM, visit: www.smithsonianjazz.org

In addition to numerous free performances, visitors to the museum will also be able to view two rarely seen objects featured in the museum’s first-floor Artifact Walls near the Neiman painting: Gene Krupa‘s bass drum and Duke Ellington‘s Wurlitzer electric traveling piano.

In addition to the lead sponsor for JAM 2015, LeRoy Neiman Foundation, additional funding is provided through a generous annual donation by the Argus Fund and continued support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. JAM at the museum is supported by a diverse group of organizations, corporations and federal agencies through outreach, financial and in-kind support. The museum launched JAM in 2001 to pay tribute to jazz as a living and historic art form. It has since grown to include celebrations in all 50 states and 40 countries.

Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

SHOES.COM Introduces Hardy Design Works

SHOES.COM today announced its second original footwear and accessories line, Hardy Design Works, an collection which will be available exclusively on SHOES.COM and OnlineShoes.com. This announcement comes just four months after the company debuted its first original line of footwear and accessories, PIKA. This new line is perfect for every occasion, whether you’re looking for looking for fashionable styles for the resort or your next favorite pair of boardroom chic pumps. The line will expand with further new styles set to arrive for Fall 2015.

SHOES.COM Introduces Hardy Design Works: An exclusive Line of Men's and Women's Shoes and Accessories (PRNewsFoto/SHOES.COM)

SHOES.COM Introduces Hardy Design Works: An exclusive Line of Men’s and Women’s Shoes and Accessories (PRNewsFoto/SHOES.COM)

Roger Hardy and his wife, Jenny, created Hardy Design Works as a joint venture that blends their shared interests in fashion and style. With Jenny’s keen eye for trends and experience in the fashion industry and Roger’s e-commerce expertise, starting with footwear and expanding to bags and accessories came to them naturally. Dedicated to a vision of style that commands attention, Hardy Design Works is a luxury lifestyle brand inspired by forward-thinking design with a touch of heritage. With a passion for the smallest of details, Roger and Jenny work together to create beautifully constructed shoes, accessories and bags that convey confidence andbg-women-hero style. Alongside the trademark Hardy tartan and crest, which were inspired by Roger’s family history, clean design and attention to detail are the hallmarks of the brand. Offering a range of luxury products for the contemporary man and woman, these sophisticated styles are ideal for all social occasions. Released seasonally, each collection features a unique blend of classic styles, modern silhouettes and coveted materials.

The Hardy Design Works Spring product line offers 23 styles for both men and women. The shoes and accessories are designed for consumers seeking the highest quality materials on a classic style featuring a modern silhouette. With a signature blue shoe sole and the Hardy family crest, styles available at launch include classic women’s pump the York ($110 retail), women’s gladiator sandal the Hoxton ($145 retail), and the croc-embossed men’s Ashford loafer ($145 retail).

Our SHOES.COM customers love fashion-forward shoes that are high quality while not breaking the bank. With the Hardy Design Works line, we can offer customers both – current, on-trend styles that feature the same quality found in much more expensive shoes,” said Roger Hardy, CEO of SHOES.COM.  “Similar to our approach developing PIKA, our first original product line, we focused not only on the aesthetic of the line and the look of each individual shoe, but also on the quality of materials. We want to produce high quality shoes that look great, and will provide a comfortable fit that will last for many seasons to come.”

To check out the newest Hardy Design Works styles, visit SHOES.COM or HardyDesignWorks.com

UNICEF Launches New Kid Power Program, Empowering American Youth to Get Active and Save Lives around the World

Using the World’s First “Wearable-for-Good,” Elementary School Students in Boston, Dallas and New York will Embark on a 30-Day Challenge with the Help of their Mayors, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, The Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the launch of UNICEF Kid Power, an innovative child health initiative that encourages elementary school-age kids in the United States to get physically active in order to help save the lives of their peers in developing countries. Kicking off in New York, Boston and Dallas in March 2015, the month-long initiative will leverage the power of technology together with movement-based curriculum and activities to promote fitness among American students. Kid Power will simultaneously help UNICEF—the world’s largest purchaser and distributor of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food—provide lifesaving nutrition to severely malnourished children around the world.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 30:  (Top L-R) Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings, Kimberly Chandler, president and CEO of the U.S Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, and elementary school students at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF) *** Local Caption *** Tyson Chandler; Caryl Stern; Kimberly Chandler; Mike Rawlings

DALLAS, TX – MARCH 30: (Top L-R) Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings, Kimberly Chandler, president and CEO of the U.S Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, and elementary school students at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF) 

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 30:  Elementary school students getting active with UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF)

DALLAS, TX – MARCH 30: Elementary school students getting active with UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF‘s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 30:  Elementary school students getting active with (top L-R) president and CEO of the U.S Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings, principal Linda Espericueta, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, and Kimberly Chandler at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF)

DALLAS, TX – MARCH 30: Elementary school students getting active with (top L-R) president and CEO of the U.S Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings, principal Linda Espericueta, UNICEF Ambassador Tyson Chandler, and Kimberly Chandler at an event celebrating UNICEF Kid Power at Esperanza Hope Medrano Elementary School on March 30, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Peter Larsen/Getty Images for UNICEF)

 

UNICEF Kid Power is sponsored by the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and backed by Mayors Bill de Blasio (New York), Marty Walsh (Boston) and Mike Rawlings (Dallas), and supported by local sports teams and players including the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks. Over the course of the 30-day program, sports teams will encourage kids to stay active by cheering them on with classroom visits, recognizing the young philanthropists at home games and more.

Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths of children under the age of five globally. By putting children first, we believe we can reach a day when no child dies of a cause we know how to prevent,” said U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl M. Stern. “I can’t think of a better motivator for kids to get active than the fact that they’re helping save lives. We’re grateful to the cities of New York, Boston and Dallas, their sports teams and all the teachers, students and parents who are getting involved in helping malnourished children get the treatment they need to survive.”

Beginning in March, some 10,000 participating elementary school students will monitor their physical activity with UNICEF Kid Power fitness bands that displays the number of steps taken and number of points earned. Program supporters will convert students’ points into monetary donations toward the purchase of therapeutic food. A full day of physical activity—12,000 steps—will translate into five Kid Power Points. Every five Kid Power Points earned will convert to one packet of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, a specially-designed protein and vitamin-rich peanut paste that is used to save the lives of children with severe acute malnutrition, a deadly condition if left untreated.  The UNICEF Kid Power program also includes in-classroom curriculum and educational activities focused on childhood malnutrition.

Through UNICEF Kid Power, children are learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle and, at the same time, how good it can feel to give back to others,” said UNICEF Ambassador and Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler. “I’m excited to be part of a program that’s bringing positive change not only to kids in Dallas and other U.S. cities, but to children in need all around the world.”

The three-city launch follows a successful four-week pilot program this past October in Sacramento, where nearly 900 students, teachers and teaching assistants at six schools tested the potential of UNICEF Kid Power with the support of the Sacramento Kings and Mayor Kevin Johnson. According to an assessment by independent evaluators, school kids engaged in the program were 55 percent more active than those not participating in the initiative. UNICEF Kid Power participants in Sacramento also earned enough therapeutic food packets for 473 severely malnourished children to complete a full course of treatment. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF aims to launch UNICEF Kid Power in additional cities in the Fall of 2015 and into 2016.

Severe acute malnutrition is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent treatment. Until recently, severely malnourished children had to receive medical care and a therapeutic diet in a hospital setting. With the recent advent of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, large numbers of children who are severely malnourished can be treated successfully in their communities, which has the potential to transform the lives of millions of malnourished children.

In the tradition established by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF continues to fund innovative programs that support the rights of children worldwide, and now their generous support has allowed the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to pursue this 21st century approach to global citizenship. For more information on UNICEF Kid Power, please visit www.unicefkidpower.org.

The New JURA GIGA 5 in Piano Black Offers a Super Premium Bean-to-Cup Experience

The JURA GIGA 5, the award-winning model that created a luxurious new super-premium niche in automatic coffee centers, is now available in sophisticated Piano Black.  With the power of two grinders, two heating systems and two pumps, this machine provides an unprecedented range of coffee specialties and can even produce two coffee specialties at once. Offering a bean-to-cup experience that’s freshly ground, never capsuled, the GIGA 5 is unsurpassed in performance, design and perfection. It is pre-programmed with an expanded menu of 12 barista coffee specialties, including Irish coffee, Pepresso, Mango Lassi and White Cool.  Step-by-step instructions and color images on the large TFT color display screen make it intuitive and easy to operate.  The user can also select from a variety of coffee classics, such as espresso, cappuccino and latte macchiato, prepared perfectly one or two cups at a time at the touch of one button, without moving the cup.

JURA GIGA 5 in Piano Black (PRNewsFoto/JURA)

JURA GIGA 5 in Piano Black (PRNewsFoto/JURA)

The GIGA 5 stands out for its powerful combination of two high-performance ceramic disc grinders that adjust electronically for precise, consistent grinding.  Fast and quiet as a whisper, they are virtually wear-free.  Adjustable Venti Ports work harmoniously with the electronic ventilation system to keep the machine at its optimal temperature. The GIGA 5 also features JURA‘s fine foam technology, for finely steamed milk or textured form with a long-lasting feather-like consistency. JURA offers a variety of automatic coffee centers, with actual retail prices ranging from $799 to $5,599. For more information, visit www.jura.com.

 

28 CHINESE: Exhibition Explodes Narrow Perspectives of Contemporary Art in China

This June, visitors to the Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture in San Francisco will get a snapshot of some of China’s most exciting artists from the country’s booming contemporary art scene. The museum’s special summer exhibition 28 Chinese offers glimpses of contemporary Chinese art through a group of 28 artists, ranging from those in the spotlight like Liu Wei, He Xiangyu, Huang Yong Ping and Xu Zhen to the internationally acclaimed Zhang Huan and Ai Weiwei. These artists have made a significant impact on the art world and expanded definitions of contemporary art in China. On view June 5 through Aug. 16 at the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition features 48 artworks, revealing powerful responses to China today, as well as perspectives and attitudes towards tradition.

Boat, 2012, by Zhu Jinshi (Chinese, b. 1954). Xuan paper, bamboo and cotton thread. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami. (c) Zhu Jinshi, (c) ARS, New York. (PRNewsFoto/Asian Art Museum)

Boat, 2012, by Zhu Jinshi (Chinese, b. 1954). Xuan paper, bamboo and cotton thread. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami. (c) Zhu Jinshi, (c) ARS, New York. (PRNewsFoto/Asian Art Museum)

28 Chinese is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of China Art Foundation, Gorretti and Lawrence Lui, Silicon Valley Bank, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Lucy Sun and Warren Felson, and Nordstrom.

28 Chinese is the culmination of more than a decade’s worth of exploration and research by art collectors Don and Mera Rubell. Between 2001 and 2012, the Rubells conducted six research trips to China, where they visited 100 artists’ studios in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xi’an. The Rubells acquired artworks from 28 artists in a multiplicity of mediums, from painting and installation to photography and new media. Organized by guest curator Allison Harding, the Asian Art Museum’s presentation will be the first exhibition on the West Coast for many of these artists.

While artworks in 28 Chinese are only a sample of all that Chinese contemporary art has to offer, they represent a few of the most notable Chinese artists working today, as identified by two preeminent art collectors. A highlight of the exhibition is Zhu Jinshi’s monumental installation, Boat, which is 12 meters long, made from 8,000 sheets of paper commonly used in Chinese calligraphy and painting. Visitors will notice row upon row of carefully stacked paper overlapping bamboo rods suspended from the ceiling with cotton thread. Another highlight is a large scale painting by Li Shurui from her Light series—works that reproduce the look and feel of light in different environments, from arctic landscapes to nightclubs. The exhibition also features Ai Weiwei’s Table with Two Legs (2008), Xu Zhen’s embroidered canvases, He Xiangyu’s installation Cola Project (2009–2010), Qiu Zhijie’s Tattoo-2, (2000) and a screening room featuring a wide range of new video works, including Huang Ran’s Blithe Tragedy (2011) and Fang Lu’s Lovers Are Artists (Part One) (2012).

The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture (200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102) is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the Asian Art Museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking

Following the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of 28 Chinese, the exhibition will travel to the San Antonio Museum of Art (Sept. 5, 2015–Jan. 4, 2016). The exhibition premiered in Miami at the Rubell Family Collection on Dec. 4, 2013 and was on view through Aug. 1, 2014.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. From Feb. 26 through Oct. 8, 2015, hours are extended on Thursdays until 9 PM. Closed Mondays, as well as New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. General Admission: FREE for museum members, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), college students with ID, and youths (13–17). FREE for children under 12 and SFUSD students with ID. General admission on Thursdays after 5 PM is $5 for all visitors (except those under 12, SFUSD students, and museum members, who are always admitted FREE). General admission is FREE to all on Target First Free Sundays (the first Sunday of every month). A surcharge may apply for admission to special exhibitions.

37th Annual International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award Winners Announced in Washington, D.C.

Conference Photos Credit Deb Lindsey Photography

This past weekend, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced the winners of its highly-coveted awards, including the IACP Cookbook Awards, Bert Greene Awards (The Bert Greene Awards were first presented in 1991 to honor excellence in food journalism. The awards were named after Bert Greene (1923-1988), a nationally renowned cooking teacher, cookbook author, and syndicated food

Award Certificate Logo

Award Certificate Logo

columnist), Digital Media Awards (which honor excellence and trendsetters in both traditional and emerging communications technologies, including culinary blogs, video, audio, and other digital forms), Historical Cookbook AwardIACP Food Photography AwardsFirst Book: Julia Child Award, Special Cookbook Awards, Culinary Classics Awards and the IACP Special Recognition Awards at its 37th annual conference centered on the theme “Culinary Communications.” IACP award recipients are chosen through an intense judging process, with winners being acknowledged as trailblazers in the global culinary community. The awards were hosted by chef, restaurateur, New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and television personality Curtis Stone.

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is an organization–where culinary professionals can gain the skills and connections to get good work and do it well– and is committed to excellence in all aspects of communication by the culinary industry, including journalism, publishing, digital media, visual media, marketing communications, and teaching. One of its greatest resource is its multi-faceted membership, which includes writers, bloggers, photographers, stylists, marketers, chefs, restaurateurs, nutritionists, and academics, as well as its culture of support and connectivity.

Circle logo_IACPlrgThe 2015 conference assembled culinary thought leaders to the eclectic food scene of Washington, D.C. Food media, cookbook authors, chefs, dietitians, food photographers, food marketers, food stylists, bloggers, culinary tourism experts, educators, and farmers gathered to connect, learn, and share their career and personal journeys in their collective love for food. This unique meeting of the food minds convenes annually providing unmatched educational sessions, culinary tours, cooking classes, and networking opportunities. (The 2016 IACP Conference is planned for Los Angeles from April 1-3, and a call for educational session proposals will be issued in the coming months.)

This year’s winners include cookbook authors Christopher Kostow (Cookbook of the Year, presented by Cuisinart) and Sean Brock (First Book: Julia Child Award, presented by KitchenAid) and popular print publications and websites such as Food & Wine Magazine, Fine Cooking Magazine, EatingWell, Bon Appétit, and Food52. (For a complete listing of all award winners, see below.)

IACP Conference - Sunday Cookbook and Media Awards were hosted by chef Curtis Stone. (Conference Photos Credit: Deb Lindsey Photography)

IACP Conference – Sunday Cookbook and Media Awards were hosted by chef Curtis Stone.

A highlight for this year’s conference has been celebrating Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday. A culinary pioneer and original founder of IACP, Jacques Pépin was honored by IACP with the event, “80 Cakes for Jacques Pépin,” which featured 80 birthday cakes contributed by some of the world’s leading chefs, tastemakers, and organizations. The cakes were then auctioned off to support IACP’s philanthropic arm, The Culinary Trust. More than $8,000 was raised for the trust, including a generous donation by Chef Andrés. Pastry Chef Jacques Torres prepared and served chef Pépin’s favorite “Jacques Torres Oreo Cake” for attendees, and numerous celebrity chefs and culinary luminaries shared toast after toast.

IACP Conference - Sunday Cookbook and Media awards: Tina Ujlaki, Food & Wine Executive Food Editor, accepts multiple awards for the magazine including Publication of the Year.

IACP Conference – Sunday Cookbook and Media awards: Tina Ujlaki, Food & Wine Executive Food Editor, accepts multiple awards for the magazine including Publication of the Year.

IACP Conference - Jacques Pepin 80th birthday tribute. Chefs toast Jacques Pepin who joined via Skype.

IACP Conference – Jacques Pepin 80th birthday tribute. Chefs toast Jacques Pepin who joined via Skype.

IACP Conference - Jacques Pepin 80th birthday tribute. Main display cake --Jacques Torres Oreo cake.

IACP Conference – Jacques Pepin 80th birthday tribute. Main display cake –Jacques Torres Oreo cake.

We’re excited to honor and celebrate our 2015 award winners – they represent the food and culinary community’s best in class,” said Meredith Deeds, Chief Executive Officer of IACP. “This year’s conference has been an overwhelming success with inspiring speakers, top-notch sessions, and a constant flow of festive events and activities including multiple toasts for Jacques Pépin’s 80(th) birthday with an ’80 Cakes’ party. Additionally, acclaimed chef and culinary innovator José Andrés provided a motivating keynote presentation on embracing good causes and making strides to improve food quality.” Continue reading