DETROIT, MI — The Detroit Institute of Arts and several Metro Detroit arts organizations will celebrate Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo next year in a series of events focused on the famed art couple’s time in Detroit.

Kahlo’s inclusion in the exhibit – she lived in Detroit while Rivera created the DIA’s “Detroit Industry” mural in its Rivera Court – could draw some star power to the celebration. Madonna, who was born in Bay City and raised in Pontiac and Rochester Hills, recently played up her connection to Detroit, is a well-known collector and passionate fan of Kahlo’s work, often speaking publicly on the painter’s impact on her life.

Madonna’s passionate support of Kahlo, combined with her Detroit ties, leads to speculation the pop star could play a role in next year’s exhibit. A DIA spokesperson acknowledged last week that Madonna is a known collector of Kahlo’s works. However, no announcement from the DIA or the singer herself has been made to include her paintings in the collection.

Several attempts by to reach Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg, to gauge her client’s interest in selling or loaning part of her Kahlo collection to the DIA, were unsuccessful.

But Madonna has appeared to have a renewed interest in Detroit, its charities and efforts to overcome bankruptcy. Less than two month ago, she agreed to help fund three organizations in the city including a youth boxing gym.

Work displayed by Rivera and Kahlo, best known for her self-portraits, should make for one of the most popular DIA exhibits in recent memory. It be held March 15 to July 12. Kahlo is arguably the most famous woman painter of all time, and was even portrayed by Selma Hayek in the 2002 movie, “Frida.”

Madonna’s has said often publicly that Kahlo is an inspiration to her, and she reportedly wanted to play the role of Kahlo in “Frida” before Hayek received it.

She even wrote last fall in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar that Kahlo’s mustache in her self-portrait helped her tackle living in New York city.

An excerpt from the essay:

Sometimes I would play the victim and cry in my shoe box of a bedroom with a window that faced a wall, watching the pigeons s*** on my windowsill. And I wondered if it was all worth it,” she wrote.

“But then I would pull myself together and look at a postcard of Frida Kahlo taped to my wall, and the sight of her mustache consoled me. Because she was an artist who didn’t care what people thought. I admired her.

She was daring. People gave her a hard time. Life gave her a hard time. If she could do it, then so could I.”

It’s unclear exactly how many Kahlo paintings Madonna owns, but the website says she owns Kahlo’s 1940 “Self Portrait with Monkey.”

The reported sale price for that painting: a cool $1 million.

Rivera lived with Kahlo in Detroit in the early 1930s and painted the two iconic Detroit Industry murals that are displayed inside the DIA’s main entrance. During that same time, Kahlo had a miscarriage at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a life event she painted in “Henry Ford Hospital.”

Rivera died Nov. 24, 1957 at the age of 70 in Mexico City; Kahlo was 47 when she died July 13, 1954 in Mexico City.

The DIA’s exhibit next spring will coincide with an opera about Kahlo’s life performed at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township March 7-8.

Subsequent performances will be held March 21-22 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield and March 28 at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

Source : MLive


IMG_2225-0.JPGBeverly Hills, California – (August 19, 2014) – Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, has announced the rare opportunity to bid on the largest collection of Madonna memorabilia from her personal and professional life ever to be offered at auction. The carefully curated collection will be offered during the Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n Roll auction in Beverly Hills in November.

The legendary musical icon will be celebrated throughout the vast collection which includes the famous Marilyn Monroe inspired dress, stole and jewelry worn in her “Material Girl” video (dress and stole estimate: $20,000-40,000) and over thirty of Madonna’s period clothing pieces from Evita along with accessories and jewelry from the film (Various estimates: $800-6,000). In addition, costumes from A League of Their Own (Estimate: $3,000-5,000), The Next Best Thing (Estimate: $3,000-5,000), her “Music” music video (Estimates ranging from $2,000–$6,000), and the video for “American Pie” ($1,000-5,000) will also be included and on the auction block.

Madonna is known for her constant reinvention as a performer. Never one to shy away from controversy or taking risks, her biggest hits include “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Like a Prayer,” “Material Girl” and “Vogue” among others. Her rise to stardom, versatility as a film and music star and her personal life stories remain legendary. She has been listed as one of the wealthiest female musicians of our time having sold over an unprecedented 300 million records.

Her long list of awards includes GRAMMY Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Awards, Billboard Awards, VH-1 Fashion Awards, a Hollywood Walk of Fame and so many more. Some of the many awards she has won will be offered for sale during this auction event. Madonna also has never been shy about her sexual side. Available at auction will be the latex mask, waspie, gloves, bra and panties worn with Katy Perry for a 2014 V Magazine cover photo shoot (Estimate: $1,000-4,000) and the vintage costume pieces worn for Madonna’s sexy Re-Invention publicity materials. As early as 1985 Madonna was honing her sexy persona when she posed for Bill Stone who published the nude photographs he took in Penthouse magazine. Negatives and prints from that sitting will also be offered.

At the start of Madonna’s professional career, she worked with photographer Edo Bertoglio to create a photo for the cover of her first album, Madonna (originally slated to be titled Lucky Star). Several of the original photographs remained with Madonna’s friend Martin Burgoyne and will be offered for sale (Estimate: $1,000-2,000). Other early career items include handwritten notes on concert choreography (Estimate: $800-1,200), handwritten working lyrics (Estimate: $800-1,200), Madonna’s personal AFTRA card (Estimate: $800-1,200), signed film contracts (Estimate: $800-1,200) and signed clothing items (Estimate: $600-800). Included in the collection are a selection of foreign and domestic record sales awards, a Billboard Music Video Award (Estimate: $1,000-2,000), a 1991 American Music Award (Estimate: $4,000-6,000), an MTV video Music award (Estimate: $4,000-6,000), and an MTV European Music Award (Estimate: $4,000-6,000).

Madonna’s fans and detractors have been as interested in Madonna’s personal life as they have in her professional career. This collection will indeed offer an intimate glimpse into Madonna’s private world. Most revealing is a day planner/diary from 1988. The diary includes Madonna’s handwritten notes on nearly every page with appointments: appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, dates with then- husband Sean Penn as well as birthday reminders and holiday plans (Estimate: $2,000-4,000). Among the other items are a signed document relating to her separation from Sean Penn (Estimate: $1,000-2,000), financial document (Estimate: $800-1,200), signed checks (Estimate: $600-800), her personal make-up compact (Estimate: $1,000-2,000) and the 1972 Junior High School yearbook she was photographed in as a teenager (Estimate: $800-1,200).

Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n Roll at Julien’s Auctions will explore and celebrate the life and career of Madonna through property and personal items that have defined her stunning incarnations: sex symbol, diva, writer, actress, mother and wife.

A special exhibit of the Collection of Madonna Memorabilia will open at the Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) on Monday, August 18, 2014 and run through Monday, September 15, 2014 in Kildare, Ireland. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sundays and bank holidays. Free entry and parking is included.

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Of all the expensive music videos made over time (and there are quite a few), the top five are created by only two artists: Michael Jackson and Madonna.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as those two legends are some of the only ones who would have enough clout to rustle up millions for a four-minute movie. While other artists typically use music videos as a way of selling more copies of a certain song or album, these two turned the music video into an art form, attempting to top themselves with each new project.

5. Michael Jackson — “Black or White,” $6.9 million (originally $4 million)

4. Madonna — “Bedtime Story,” $7.7 million (originally $5 million)
“Bedtime Story” is the first of three Madonna music videos on this list, though the single it was made to promote is not one of the singer’s greatest successes. Directed by Mark Romanek, who would also direct the music video that ends up surpassing “Bedtime” as the single most expensive of all time. Not one to miss a publicity opportunity, Madonna premiered the video at movie theatres in New York City, Chicago, and Santa Monica. These days, it is housed permanently in a collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

3. Madonna — “Die Another Day,” $7.9 million (originally $6.1 million)
While the song received mixed reviews from critics, Madonna’s Bond song went on to be the best-selling dance song of 2002 and 2003, and its video was nominated for a Grammy. The James Bond-inspired video has the legendary pop star fighting herself, which was a mixture of green screens and intricate and expensive special effects. A few years ago, Billboard ranked the song the #6 song from the Bond franchise.

2. Madonna — “Express Yourself,” $9.4 million (originally $5 million)
Madonna’s “Express Yourself” video cost $5 million to make back in 1989, making it the most expensive video ever made at the time. The clip, which was inspired by 1927 German science fiction film Metropolis was directed by David Fincher, who would go on to be nominated for Academy Awards for also directing both The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network. The video sees the singer dressing in a masculine fashion, yet being as sexual as ever.

1. Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson — “Scream,” $10.7 million (originally $7 million)


Die-hard Madonna fans, smash open your piggy banks!
The largest collection of Madonna memorabilia ever will be auctioned Nov. 7 — including “the latex mask, waspie, gloves, bra and panties worn with Katy Perry for a 2014 V Magazine cover photo shoot (Estimate: $1,000-$4,000),” according to the catalog.

When I asked Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg if it was creepy that someone would soon own her client’s panties, Liz replied, “If the shoe fits, then wear them in good health.”
She added that Madonna is currently in Europe and unaware that the auction is taking place.

Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills also has on the block negatives and prints of the nudes Bill Stone shot of Madonna in 1979, before she hit it big. Some of those images later appeared in Penthouse magazine.
Plus, there is the Marilyn Monroe-inspired scarlet dress, stole and jewelry worn in her “Material Girl” video (dress and stole estimate: $20,000 to $40,000) and costumes from “A League of Their Own,” “Evita” and “The Next Best Thing.”

Madonna, who is said to be worth $1 billion, isn’t hard up for cash and isn’t profiting from the auction.
“I do not believe any of what is being auctioned off was in Madonna’s possession,” Rosenberg said. “Designers often supply clothes for shoots that are then returned to the designers.”
Other lots have a more mysterious provenance, such as Madonna’s day planner/diary from 1988, including a handwritten appointment to appear on “Late Night With David Letterman,” and dates with then-husband Sean Penn (estimate: $2,000 to $4,000).

Maybe Penn himself would like to bid on a signed document relating to his separation from Madge (estimate: $1,000 to $2,000.) I wonder where that came from.

Source: pagesix


Kabbalah. Hearing the word, three things generally spring to mind: Madonna, cult and those funny little red bracelets.


So when Marcus Weston, Madonna’s London Kabbalah Centre teacher and spiritual adviser, invited me down, I was, not surprisingly, a little sceptical.

Walking into the Central London headquarters, a sprawling, stucco-fronted Victorian building, I feared a greeting from a sea of raised bottoms, bowed heads and unintelligible chanting.
Instead, I am met by a good-looking male receptionist, offered a cup of coffee and a plate of biscuits – I was expecting Kabbalah water and the Bible – and taken upstairs to grill Marcus.

Clutching a bottle of dubious-looking green stuff – “alkalising” fennel, cucumber, lemon and ginger, apparently – Marcus is well-spoken, friendly and, well, totally normal. Instantly I am thrown.

While he has signed Non-Disclosure Agreements, to ensure his confidentiality, for many of the two dozen high profile students he teaches, astonishingly Madonna is not one of them.

Shunning the offer of private, one-on-one classes, the US singer happily mucks in with the hoi polloi, attending group lessons.

Madonna is no exception. For her, part of the process is learning to become a “normal person” as much as her superstar lifestyle allows.

She’s amazing, and very popular here,” says Marcus. “The fact that after so many years, she still gets so much from Kabbalah means it is a very deep and fulfilling wisdom.

When you’re at that level, and have all the money in the world, all the choices in the world, all the doors open to you in the world, you really can do anything and go anywhere.

“You could choose a thousand spiritual or religious paths, so the fact there’s such consistency to her study is testament to how much she’s got from it.

“She’s very dedicated. A big part of healing is that you’ve got to be an ordinary person again, you’ve got to get a real life concept back. I’ve seen immense change in her.

“To have a massive ambition is fantastic, to have a desire to think you can change the world is great potentially because you can effect change. But if you have the arrogance to believe it’s only you that can cause the change, then that’s where the ego has probably caught up with you.

“But if you’re just one person contributing, and can use your position and celebrity, then you can become a real influencer and role model to others. That’s what she can do.”

I understood most of that.

Since Madonna first wore the faith’s tell-tale red string around her left wrist in 1996 – a bracelet to ward off the “evil eye” of Hebrew folklore – the Kabbalah Centre shot to public consciousness.
Since then, stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Britney Spears and, recently, Harry Styles, have become fans.

“I’m in two minds about the celebrity thing,” he sighs, ruefully. “In England, it almost swings to the negative.

“What people associate with celebrity is fad, temporary and something of a more superficial nature. Most people, when you say ‘Kabbalah’, reply: ‘Oh, Madonna’, as opposed to 4,000 years of tremendous social importance.

“It makes me chuckle that everyone is fascinated by celebs. Everyone is trying to be like them – to be rich, to be better looking, to be famous, to be successful.

“They put famous people on an extreme pedestal and think their lives are joyous and dreamy, and they’re really not. The life of a celebrity is very fickle, very erratic. I see it first hand – it’s very painful not to be able to go outside and take your kids for a walk, or pop into the supermarket.

“A lot of celebrity energy is based on approval. How popular is my next trailer, my next song? It’s dangerous.

“Fame breeds addictions and it’s a very external life. Eventually, at some point, they start asking questions when they realise something internal might be missing. That’s when they might get led to Kabbalah. But here, when celebrities walk into a class they’re just ordinary people.”
It is not a religion, you can be a practising Christian, and a Kabbalist. There is no secret sect aspect, and no weird chanting. As Marcus puts it, “Kabbalah is made up of people from all walks of life”.

Although the centre’s doors are open to until now they haven’t spoken to any national newspaper journalists.

“People don’t know anything about it and that’s our own fault,” he adds. “We’re not too clever or bothered by media things because we just do what we do…”

But perhaps since One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles was pictured on stage at Wembley Stadium wearing the bracelet, the centre thought it was time to explain exactly what Kabbalah is all about.

I keep expecting to zone out when Marcus started to explain the fundamental principles behind the faith but, strangely, I engage with every word.
Possibly sensing my innate fear of anything remotely self-helpy, he keeps things simple and pragmatic.

One of my early lessons is a practical experiment. Students are given a paper heart and asked to rip it to shreds in 10 seconds. Once done, they are instructed to rebuild the heart.

“Of course, it’s impossible,” Marcus explains. “But it makes you realise how quickly and easily a person’s heart can be shattered – seconds to break someone’s trust, with no amount of apologising afterwards able to fix it.

“You need to be careful about how you act towards others, how you treat them.”
The centre now has more than 1,000 visitors every week and an imminent expansion to an out-building called The Arc, will quadruple this number.
Marcus, 42, who has been studying Kabbalah for 15 years, summarises how it is based on three main principles.

The first is that nothing is by coincidence – ie, every cause has an effect.

The second involves the concept of purpose, that everyone must constantly evolve to discover theirs. The third is the idea that the greatest enemy to your own success is resisting this change.

Not once is there talk of Bibles, God or blessing. I feel like I am having a free counall, selling session, or attending a university philosophy lecture. An Oxford Brooks graduate, the young Marcus wasn’t weaned on the Old Testament.
Instead, he enjoyed a successful, and lucrative, career in the City, working for both Citibank and Goldman Sachs.

But the gruelling daily commute on the Tube – “the Northern line was a turning point” – eventually made him give it all up to go travelling. It was during this time he discovered his “spiritual side”.

He smiles: “Every single morning I used to sit opposite this man who had this huge smile on his face. And I absolutely hated him.

“When he was less smiley, I felt a bit happier. I held so much bitterness towards this poor man, and then I thought: ‘This is awful’.

“It was a hamster wheel every morning, and I realised there must be something more. And that’s where it all began…”

Madonna, it turns out, owes a lot to the London Underground

Source : Mirror


diplo-10-2014-billboard-650x430Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers on the planet. Who else but the 35-year-old DJ could knock out “four or five” songs for Usher’s next album in a week’s time, work on new tunes with both Ty Dolla $ign and Lorde and gather 30 new tracks for Major Lazer’s upcoming release without breaking a sweat? In his new Billboard cover story (out Aug. 22), the star DJ sheds some light on much-anticipated music he’s working on as well as collaborating with Her Madgesty herself. Here are five details we learned about Diplo’s high-power collaboration with Madonna on her follow-up to 2012’s MDNA:


1. Diplo has joined Madonna for three studio sessions so far, and the alcohol was flowing on one night: They connected in New York and he’s clearly excited about how the recording went. “One [song] is super weird,” Diplo says. “Late one night in the studio we got a little bit drunk and she improvised a little hook and we made a song out of it. I think it’s going to be a breakthrough if she can manage to get everything together and get it out properly.”

2. What does Madonna drink when she gets drunk in the studio? Rosé. “It was nice,” says Diplo. “I don’t think she really drinks, either.”

3. Ariel Rechtshaid and MNEK are also involved. Rechtshaid, who has collaborated with Vampire Weekend and Sky Ferreira, and MNEK, the London songwriter who worked on Disclosure’s album, have gone into the studio to work out the verses of a song that Madonna has taken a shine to. Rechtshaid has joined Diplo and Madonna for their studio sessions.

4. Madonna invited Diplo to her Oscar party… but he couldn’t make it. Still, the pair began texting, and Diplo sent Madonna over some music. Madge took the production more seriously than Diplo could have imagined. “She wrote me back like a 20-page text, notes about all these songs,” he says — and a collaboration was underway.

5. One of the in-the-works Madonna tracks has unwittingly evolved into a big pop record. “That song is on like version 20,” Diplo says of the as-yet-untitled track. “It went from a piano ballad to a ‘Turn Down for What’-style song, which I didn’t like. Now it’s somewhere in the middle.”

For a larger peek inside the wild world of Diplo — from the dollar-sign details of his empire to his Katy Perry connection — read Billboard’s full cover story out Friday, Aug. 22.