First Hollywood Movie Premiere on Passenger Ship and Uplifting Art News

Hugh Jackman, left, and Zac Efron attend as Cunard Hosts the World Premiere of 20th Century Fox's "The Greatest Showman" on board Queen Mary 2 on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Brooklyn, N.Y. This is the first major motion picture premiere on board a passenger ship. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Cunard/AP Images) (PRNewsfoto/Cunard Line)

“The Greatest Showman”: First Hollywood Movie Premiere on Passenger Ship

Luxury cruise line Cunard and 20th Century Fox Film hosted the world premiere of “The Greatest Showman” on the greatest ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, while the ship was docked in New York on Dec. 8, 2017. This Hollywood movie premiere was the first one on a passenger ship. “The Greatest Showman” cast–including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, Director Michael Gracey and Oscar®- and Tony®-winning musical duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul–walked the red carpet on the ocean liner before the film was shown in the ship’s Illuminations theater. Circus acts and fireworks added to the celebration. Debuting in theaters on December 20, “The Greatest Showman“–inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum–is a musical celebrating the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life.”

Sotheby’s December 2017 Contemporary Art Sales in Paris Total $51.1 Million

Philipp Herzog von Württemberg, Sotheby’s European Chairman, fields bids during the Company’s recent sales of Contemporary Art in Paris that totaled $51.1 million. (PRNewsfoto/Sotheby’s)

Are you wondering about the health of the international art market? Sotheby’s December sales of Contemporary Art in Paris finished strong on Dec. 7, 2017, with a total of $51.1 million (€43.1 million). The annual total for the category in France hit $88.7 million (€78.7 million), a 41% increase in USD and 38.8% increase in EUR compared with 2016. During the past year, Sotheby’s has established landmark prices for leading French artists of the second half of the 20th century, with four world auction records: for Pierre Soulages (€6.1 million), Simon Hantaï (€4.4 million), Germaine Richier (€3 million) and Hans Hartung (€2.7 million).

Honolulu Museum of Art School to Present lift – the air show

Work exploring the elemental force of air will be exhibited at Honolulu Museum of Art School. (Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art School)

From Dec. 16, 2017, to Jan. 6, 2018, lift – the air show will be on display at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. A group of nine professional studio artists will present work exploring the elemental force – air.  The participating artists and their respective media/technique include Adella Buss – eco-printing, fiber, mixed media; Daven Hee – ceramic sculpture; May Izumi –mixed media sculpture; Lynn Weiler Liverton – mixed-media sculpture; Rochelle Lum – ceramic sculpture; Shigeru Miyamoto – ceramic sculpture; Liz Train – fiber, glass, mixed media; Gordon Uyehara – metal clay; and Lori Uyehara – mixed media sculpture, drawing and painting. Visitors will have an opportunity to talk with the artists and experience this inspiring work at the opening reception on Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Family Sunday, featuring fun and creative “lift” activities, will be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art School on Dec. 17 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.




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