Monday’s Art Notes
A cigar half smoked by Winston Churchill is displayed as part of Bonhams Gentleman’s Library sale on January 17, 2011 in London, England. The cigar was smoked by Britain’s wartime leader during a portrait painting session with artist Frank O Salisbury in 1944. The sale, now in its 11th year, features all kind of objects that may have been found in a Victorian or Edwardian gentleman’s library. The sale will take place at Bonhams New Bond Street in London on January 19, 2011. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/ Getty Images
The Golden Globe Awards were handed out Sunday night (click here for a list of the winners), three days after a former publicist for the awards ceremony sued the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, claiming it had engaged in unethical conduct, via The Associated Press.
Despite some nice moments, television reviewers are noting the salty abrasiveness of this year’s host, Ricky Gervais. Salon called the proceedings “an orgy of hatred and self-hatred interrupted by flashes of warmth, pride, nostalgia, and wit, like pretty much any other awards show telecast times ten.”
A Vermont artist sent bronze sculptures he had created of Martin Luther King Jr. to 17 different recipients, including President Barack Obama, the National Portrait Gallery and NPR, via The Washington Post.
Flo Gibson, a grande dame of audio book acting who had a prolific career recording full-length versions of Anna Karenina, Middlemarch, as well as more than a thousand other books, has died at age 86, via The New York Times.
British actress Susanna York — who was most famous for her roles in 1960s films like Tom Jones and A Man For All Seasons, and was nominated for an Academy Award for “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” — died Saturday in London at age 72, via the Los Angeles Times.
Watch a scene from “A Man For All Seasons” with Susanna York and Paul Scofield: