THE GREAT BIG TOYS“R”US BOOK OF AWESOME Arrives In Homes This Week, Featuring An All-New Interactive Experience

For the First Time Ever, Augmented Reality Brings the Year’s Hottest Toys to Life Within Kids’ Beloved Holiday Catalog

Cover of THE GREAT BIG TOYS“R”US BOOK OF AWESOME

Cover of THE GREAT BIG TOYS“R”US BOOK OF AWESOME

Toys“R”Us® today announced that The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome, the company’s annual resource for the year’s hottest toys, will begin arriving in homes this week featuring an all-new, special interactive edition. This 96-page toy compendium is compatible with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle, a game that allows kids to bring to life the season’s most coveted toys through an augmented reality experience. An abbreviated catalog, which features 48 pages of kid-favorite toys, is now available online at www.Toysrus.com and will be in local newspapers on Saturday, October 31. This year’s highly-anticipated gift guide from The World’s Greatest Toy Store™ also includes thousands of dollars worth of compelling deals and coupon offers, valid Sunday, November 1 through Saturday, November 21.

The arrival of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome marks the kickoff of the time-honored tradition of children eagerly studying pages upon pages of the year’s hottest toys, curating their must-have lists for Christmas morning,” said Richard Lennox, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Toys“R”Us, U.S.Within the book, we created eight interactive lifestyle spreads that show the breadth of our assortment and make bold statements for some of the brands most beloved by kids. This catalog is the centerpiece of our holiday marketing efforts, and extends the theme of “AWWWESOME,” speaking not only to the excitement kids have when they turn the first page, but also the ways the company is helping gift-givers save with great deals and services, such as Price Match Guarantee and Free Shipping.

This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

Awesome Toys Brought to Life in 3D

Through this year’s augmented reality experience, kids are able to bring toys from the interactive edition of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome to life within The Geoffrey Shuffle app game. In the palm of their hands, kids can examine their favorite toys by zooming in to see intricate details, spinning or walking around pages of the book for different angles or capturing photos within the game. The app encourages players to find Geoffrey as he and other kid-favorite characters hide in shuffled gift boxes. When the player finds Geoffrey in eight scenes, parents qualify to enter Geoffrey’s Awesome Christmas Sweepstakes for a chance to win exciting prizes. Available now, the game can be downloaded from the App Store® or Google Play® onto any smartphone device or tablet.

STAR WARS: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

STAR WARS: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

SHOPKINS: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

SHOPKINS: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

Additionally, if kids want to play The Geoffrey Shuffle without an interactive edition of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome¸ they can download the eight interactive scenes by visiting www.Toysrus.com/TheGeoffreyShuffle, or by playing the app in Virtual Reality mode. This alternate game play displays a pre-loaded seasonal backdrop for each of the eight rounds of the game and allows for pinch-to-zoom functionality to view toys in more detail.

Fisher-Price: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

Fisher-Price: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

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Christopher Isherwood And Don Bachardy To Be Focus Of November Weekend Celebration In West Hollywood

The Christopher Isherwood Foundation and the City of West Hollywood today announced a pair of events dedicated to the late writer Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) and the artist Don Bachardy and the role they played in defining Southern California as a center of artistic expression and personal freedom.

On Friday evening, November 13 at 7:30pm the Isherwood Foundation and the City of West Hollywood will present a special free screening of the acclaimed documentary “Chris and Don: A Love Story,” followed by a Q & A with filmmakers Guido Santi and Tina Mascara in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood. The screening is open to the public and seats can be reserved at www.weho.org/arts.

On Saturday evening, November 14, the Isherwood Foundation, Howarth & Smith, and Paul Lester and The Agency will present “An Evening With Chris and Don.” The program for this evening includes a reception and dinner; a special presentation by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara, featuring unreleased video footage; readings from The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, edited by Katherine Bucknell; and a special announcement. Proceeds from the event will fund activities of the Huntington Library that build upon the personal and artistic legacies of these two men, including grants to scholars. Tickets for the event are available at www.IsherwoodFoundation.org.

The screening and dinner coincide with two events at the Huntington Library: a lecture by writer Armistead Maupin (the Tales of the City Series, November 12) and an academic conference (November 13-14) on the life and writings of Christopher Isherwood. Additional information regarding these events can be found at www.huntington.org.

Chris and Don were key parts of a community of writers and artists who shaped Southern California, and whose reach extended far beyond the region,” said Joe Rodota, a director of the Isherwood Foundation. “Each element of our weekend program celebrates their legacy as well as their unique partnership.”

Isherwood’s masterpiece, A Single Man, set in Southern California and published 50 years ago, is among the first and most influential literary novels about a gay man. Written for both gay and straight readers, the novel was brilliantly adapted as a film in 2007 by director Tom Ford.

Don Bachardy (born 1934) has spent nearly 60 years drawing and painting portraits of major creative, cultural and political figures—including California Governor Jerry Brown—as well as friends and neighbors. Hollywood, a selection of Don’s portraits of film legends, including stars, screenwriters and directors, has received international recognition.

The Christopher Isherwood Foundation aims to preserve the creative legacy of the Anglo-American writer Christopher Isherwood and the American painter Don Bachardy by keeping their work available to the public in published and unpublished form and by promoting through any appropriate means the enjoyment and study of their work and the unique way of life which allowed them to produce it. Learn more at www.IsherwoodFoundation.org.

Kabinett: 27 Curated Exhibitions Highlighted At Art Basel’s Miami Beach 2015 Show

Private View

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)

Vernissage

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)

Public Days

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 3pm to 8pm

Friday, December 4, 2015, 12noon to 8pm

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 12noon to 8pm

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 12noon to 6pm

Atmosphere at Galleries, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Atmosphere at Galleries, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 | Impression © Art Basel

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 | Impression © Art Basel

A decade after its inauguration in 2005, Kabinett has become a much-loved and highly praised sector of Art Basel Miami Beach in which galleries display concise curated installations within their booths. This year’s 27 curated exhibitions will feature work by Eduardo Basualdo, Adolfo Bernal, Chris Burden, Waltercio Caldas, Michael Craig-Martin, Suzanne Duchamp, Jan Fabre, Li Gang, Al Held, Glenn Kaino, Joseph Kosuth, Dr. Lakra, Deana Lawson, Jochen Lempert, Isa Melsheimer, Meuser, John Miller, Chris Ofili, Richard Pettibone, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Prina, Ana Sacerdote, Zilia Sánchez, Alan Sonfist, Stanley Twardowicz, Agnès Varda and Nari Ward. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, runs from December 3 – December 6, 2015

Atmosphere, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Atmosphere, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Highlights this year include a new installation by Glenn Kaino (b. 1972, United States) at Kavi Gupta. ‘The Internationale’ (2015) is comprised of a recreation of a 19th-century Pierrot and the Moon automata installed within a pitch-black room. Triggered by the presence of spectators, the moon will trace the movement of visitors with its eye, speak fragments of seminal texts on post-colonial theory, and sing The Internationale, the classic French song of the 19th-century socialist movement.

Lia Rumma, Joseph Kosuth, Installation view 'Texts for nothing' Samuel Beckett, in play, 2010. Photo credit - Daniele Nalesso; Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Lia Rumma, Joseph Kosuth, Installation view ‘Texts for nothing’ Samuel Beckett, in play, 2010. Photo credit – Daniele Nalesso; Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Text will be a point of entry for Galleria Lia Rumma’s presentation of neon works by Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945, United States). The series, conceived in 2010, features sentences formed in white neon installed in a floor-to-ceiling matte black space. From one angle, the phrases will appear to be composed of small points of lights, however on shifting one’s point of view the words can be read clearly, bringing into question the viewer’s relationship to language. Likewise, Casas Riegner will present a selection of text-based pieces by Adolfo Bernal (b. 1954 – d. 2008, Colombia). Comprising one- or two-word posters to vintage photographs and objects from the late 1970s and early 1980s, all of which highlight his interest in the visual power of words.

Casas Riegner, Adolfo Bernal, The End, 1980. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Casas Riegner, Adolfo Bernal, The End, 1980. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Reflecting on seminal works by Chris Burden (b. 1946 – d. 2015, United States), the acclaimed artist who passed away this year, Galerie Krinzinger will exhibit hisDeluxe Photo Book 1971 – 1973′, a hand-painted binder containing all of the photodocumentation and explanatory texts of the first three years of his performances. This will be accompanied by material from Burden’s laterBridgesseries, as well as works on paper and smaller sculptures.

Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward, Swing Low, 2015. Photo - Elisabeth Bernstein; Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward, Swing Low, 2015. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein; Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

New works by Nari Ward (b. 1963, Jamaica) at Lehmann Maupin will reflect on his ongoing concerns with how the art object can challenge societal power structures. The centerpiece is We Shall Overcome(2015), a large-scale wall installation that brings to mind both the African American Civil Rights Movement from the 1960s and current issues of race, identity and politics. Photographs by Deana Lawson (b. 1979, United States) inspired by the materiality and expression of black cultures globally will be on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Drawn from across the last decade, the presentation will be a collective portrait, which investigates black aesthetics through the body, the domestic environment and various settings of ritual or celebration.

Galerie Lelong, Zilia Sánchez. Soy Isla [I am an Island], ca. 1970. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Galerie Lelong, Zilia Sánchez. Soy Isla [I am an Island], ca. 1970. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Kabinett will include several works that have rarely and in some cases never been seen before. Bringing together the feminine and the erotic, a selection of shaped canvases by Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Cuba) will be presented by Galerie Lelong. Since the 1950s, Sánchez’s unique approach to formal abstraction has rarely been seen outside of Puerto Rico. At Art Basel Miami Beach, Galerie Lelong will feature recent and historic works such asAntigonía (1970),Módulo Infinito (1978) and ‘El Silencio de Eros(1982-1990)along with works on paper from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Van Doren Waxter, Al Held, 60-1 (detail), 1960. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Van Doren Waxter, Al Held, 60-1 (detail), 1960. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Galerie Nathalie Obadia will feature photographs by Agnès Varda (b. 1928, Belgium) created from 1962 to 1963, four years after the Cuban revolution. Many of the vintage prints that will be on view – which capture the island’s post-revolutionary ambiance and the premises of a Latino-socialism utopia – have never been exhibited before. A selection of assertive, freehand India ink drawings by Al Held (b. 1928 – d. 2005, United States) from 1960 will be on view at Van Doren Waxter; the works foreshadow the hard-edged geometry that he was to become known for in his later paintings.

Two Kabinett presentations will be located within the Edition sector. Alan Cristea Gallery will install new editions and mono-prints by Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941, Ireland), including the world premiere of a new set of letterpress editions and a grouping of screenprints that will be shown for the first time in the United States. Two Palms will present Black Shunga(2008-2015) by Chris Ofili (b. 1968, United Kingdom), a suite of 11 erotic line etchings printed on specially prepared paper with a dark blue color-shifting metallic surface. The series refers to Shunga, a Japanese style of erotic art that peaked in the Edo period (1603-1867). Ofili’s etchings reveal themselves slowly; upon close inspection, fine lines emerge depicting figures entwined. Continue reading