Kate Ballis's 'Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism' Depicts California in a Whole New Light

  • Forbes
  • August 16, 2018 13:10
Kate Ballis, 'Sheats Goldstein', 2017.  Archival pigment print

Felicity Carter writes in Forbes: At first sight, the work of Kate Ballis may not look like they're photographs, but they are. And her latest exhibition entitled, Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism now showing at Los Angeles gallery, Garis & Hahn conjures up so many references. Inspired ...

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Artworks Rediscovered in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's Vault in 2019 Exhibition

  • The Art Newspaper
  • August 15, 2018 22:22
Andy Warhol's Mao Zedong series of portraits in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art vault.

A trove of artworks hidden away in Iran's Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will finally be on display next year. A planned exhibition of the long unseen works was scrapped for Berlin last year, and selections are now scheduled to show in Tehran. Modern American and European masterworks, and ...

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Appeals Court to Hear Suit Against Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • August 14, 2018 21:56
THOMAS WILMER DEWING, The White Dress.  Oil on canvas.

While some $47 million in art may have already been sold, an appeals case against the Berkshire Museum's offloading of its collections will go forward in Sept., reports the Berkshire Eagle. Detractors say the museum breached a contract with museum members and betrayed the public trust by ...

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Appeal Filed in Case of Contested Cranach Paintings

  • Pasadena Star-News
  • August 14, 2018 18:18
"Adam" and "Eve" painted by German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder around 1530.

The long-running legal dispute between a California museum and the heir of a Jewish Dutch art dealer continues over ownership of two 16th century masterpieces. The life-size paintings of Adam and Eve by German Renaissance master Lucas Cranach the Elder belong to her family, argues Marei von ...

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'My Greatest Successes Have Come Through Her': The Artistic Partnership of Edward and Christiana Bannister

  • NewportRI
  • August 13, 2018 18:57
Palmer River by Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1885.

Through Oct. 8, 2018, the Gilbert Stuart Museum, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, presents “My Greatest Successes Have Come Through Her,” The Artistic Partnership of Edward and Christiana Bannister. African-American artist Edward Bannister rose to fame in the antebellum era, with the help of ...

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Crowds Swarm New Art-Filled $2.26 Billion Transit Center in San Francisco

  • Hyperallergic
  • August 12, 2018 23:04
Julie W.  Chang, The Secret Garden (detail), Salesforce Transit Center Grand Hall, 2018

Some twenty years in the making, a new $2.26 billion transit center in San Francisco is expected to eventually host over 100,000 people per day. Salesforce Transit Center opened Aug. 11 with huge crowds for a public preview. The massive facility boasts a five-acre rooftop park and is ...

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Tariff Plan Could Dampen U.S. Market in Chinese Art

  • Bloomberg
  • August 09, 2018 21:35
Detail of the Taber Family Tianqiuping from the Philbrook Museum of Art that sold at Christie's for $14.5 million.

From Bloomberg: The art world is growing anxious about President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. The administration’s list of $200 billion in goods targeted for duties includes paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics and historical collectibles, along with antiques older than 100 ...

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Scholar Claims Leonardo's $450 Million Painting Was Largely Done by Another Artist

  • CNN
  • August 08, 2018 22:01
Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

In a newly revised book titled "Leonardo da Vinci," due out next month, a scholar makes his case for the world's most expensive painting to be not solely created by the master himself, but by another hand. From CNN: Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," the world's most expensive painting, ...

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'The Brady Bunch' House Will Get a 70s Style Restoration by HGTV

  • CNN
  • August 07, 2018 21:10
Brady Bunch house

HGTV is the new owner of a North Hollywood, Calif., home that was featured as the exterior setting for the popular 1970s series, "The Brady Bunch." Listed at $1.9 million, multiple offers, including one from singer Lance Bass, likely drove up the price for the split-level. "This iconic ...

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Sotheby's Earnings Takes a Hit from 'Pricing Error' on Artwork

  • CNBC
  • August 07, 2018 15:07
Buste de femme de profil by Pablo Picasso

Sotheby’s sold $3.45 billion of art during the first half of 2018, with $57.3 million net income in the second quarter of 2018—a decrease of $19.6 million, or about 26 percent, in comparison to the same period in 2017. Two artworks that were sold with guaranteed prices for the consignors seem ...

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Gerry Lenfest, Philadelphia Philanthropist and Arts Patron, Remembered

  • August 06, 2018 15:21
Gerry Lenfest

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, 88, passed away on Aug. 5, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. A leading philanthropist and driver of civic causes and the arts for the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region, Lenfest gave away over $1.3 billion in just two decades. After building a fortune in ...

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Artists in Protest Art Exhibition Protest the Museum Hosting It

  • New York Times
  • August 05, 2018 23:42
Women's March, Wellington, NZ, credit Andy McArthur

Artists represented in an exhibition of protest art in London voiced concerns to the museum over its hosting of an event for a defense contractor. Then, in an ironic twist, some artists of the protest art came to withdraw their artwork from the Design Museum in London, in protest. Artist ...

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Authorities in China Demolish Ai Weiwei's Studio

  • NPR
  • August 05, 2018 23:09
 Ai Weiwei, Dog's head sculpture, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, 2011

Authorities in China razed the art studio of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei over the weekend. A longtime critic of the Chinese government, Ai was quick to repsond to the destruction of his space on Instagram. "Farewell," Ai wrote. "They started to demolish my studio 'Zuoyuo' in Beijing ...

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Rarely-Seen Thomas Hart Benton Painting Emerges in Martha's Vineyard Gallery

  • Vineyard Gazette
  • August 02, 2018 22:30

A gallery in West Tisbury, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, has reportedly acquired a much-admired painting by American master Thomas Hart Benton. The 1926 painting of a moving train, titled Going West, has rarely been exhibited in public. While the similar lithograph is widely known, ...

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MOCA LA Taps MoMA PS1 Director to Lead

  • New York Times
  • August 01, 2018 14:05
Klaus Biesenbach

After years of tumult and high turnover, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is heading into a new chapter with a new director. Once again recruiting from New York, the oft-embattled MOCA has chosen Klaus Biesenbach, who currently leads MoMA PS1 in Queens and is curator-at-large at MoMA, ...

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Swedish Crown Jewels Swiped by Thieves

  • July 31, 2018 20:26

Thieves stole prized royal crown jewels from the Strängnäs Cathedral in Sweden, according to the Swedish Police Authority on Tuesday. Two crowns and a royal orb were taken and the suspects escaped in a motor boat from below the church.  As of Tuesday night, police were still pursuing the ...

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Delacroix Blockbuster Breaks Attendance Record at Louvre, Heads to the Met

  • July 31, 2018 14:53
Eugène Delacroix, July 28, 1830: Liberty Leading the People.  1830.  1831 Salon.  Oil on canvas.  260 x 325 cm.  Musée du Louvre, Paris © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado

A record half a million people visited the Eugène Delacroix retrospective at the Louvre, which has closed before its reopening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the fall. In Paris, 180 works gave a full view of the French painter’s ouevre, while slightly fewer works will be shown in New York. ...

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SF Court Rules for Norton Simon Museum to Keep Nazi-Looted Paintings

  • SFGate
  • July 30, 2018 18:20
"Adam" and "Eve" painted by German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder around 1530

In a long running case, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Southern California museum can keep a pair of prized 16th century paintings that an heiress of a Dutch art dealer has sought since the 1990s. The Renaissance paintings were looted by the Nazis during World War II, and the court ...

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Thomas Jefferson's Books Discovered in a Lake Tahoe Dumpster

  • Sacramento Bee
  • July 30, 2018 13:03
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

A man who was picking through a dumpster in 2014 for a community service project unexpectedly recovered a slice of American history. For two years, Max Brown researched his find: a pile of 15 worn books, retrieved from a trove of many more volumes that he left behind, in the Incline Village, ...

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Sculptor and Rockefeller Scion Allegedly Helped Russian Interests

  • Bloomberg
  • July 29, 2018 21:37
Maria Butina

From Bloomberg: A scion of the Rockefeller clan, George D. O’Neill Jr., was one of the U.S. conservatives who allegedly helped Mariia Butina’s efforts to build a secret line of communication back to the Kremlin, judging by details in recent U.S. filings. O’Neill, a 68-year-old sculptor and a ...

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