The Met Will Return A Newly Acquired Antiquity to Egypt Due to Dubious Provenance

  • New York Times
  • February 19, 2019 14:40
The golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will return a golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C. to Egypt after investigators revealed the piece was allegedly looted in 2011. Newly acquired for nearly $4 million by the Met, the heavily ornamented artifact was inscribed for Nedjemankh, a ...

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Blenheim Palace Displays New Acquisitions of Key Works From Its Lost Collections

  • February 14, 2019 22:29
Churchill's Coast Scene on the Riviera

A new exhibition at the UK's magnificent Blenheim Palace is showcasing recently acquired works of art, including rarely seen works by Sir Winston Churchil, and family portraits from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. "Art and the Churchill Family" is on view through March 16. Blenheim has a ...

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'Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form' Brings Together Key Works by the Famed Regionalist at The Surovek Gallery

  • February 06, 2019 13:41
Thomas Hart Benton, “Youth Music - Study”, 1973.  Oil on board, 14 ¼ x 17 ¾ inches.

The Surovek Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, is presenting a new exhibition of around 65 works by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), the famed Regionalist painter known for chronicling the beauty, joys and sorrows of everyday life in America. On view from February 7 to March 15, 2019, "Thomas Hart ...

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From Maroon 5's Adam Levine to a De Young Museum Exhibition This Summer, Tattoo Art Won't Be Unseen

  • February 05, 2019 13:22
Don Ed Hardy (American, b.  1945) Surf or Die, 2004.  Color lithograph with metallic gold powder, 772 x 572 mm (30 3/8 x 22 1/2 in.) Printed by Bud Shark.  Published by Shark’s Ink, Colorado.

On Sunday, the Super Bowl halftime performance with Maroon 5 gave a surprising show of tattoo body art. After band frontman Adam Levine stripped off his shirt, an eyeful of tattooed words, symbols and images came into full view. Notably, "CALIFORNIA" inscribed across the singer's abdomen, plus ...

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The Art of Carl Gustav Jung Is Brought Together in a Slightly Mind-Blowing Exhibition

  • February 05, 2019 11:56
C.G.  Jung, The Red Book (detail), page 131, © 2009 Foundation of the Works of C.G.  Jung, Zurich.  First published by W.W.  Norton & Company

The Illuminated Imagination: The Art of C. G. Jung, an exhibition now on view at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, through April 28, 2019, shows that the famed Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung had a whole other side to him. ...

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#MuseumBowl Featured More Patriots While the Super Bowl Had Andy Warhol

  • massLive
  • February 03, 2019 22:45
Screenshot of documentary footage showing Andy Warhol having a Whopper, used in a Burger King commercial during the Super Bowl.

This year, regional art museums kept the ball in play with the fun tradition of regional Twitter wars in artwork and taunts, noted on MassLive in the run-up to Super Bowl LIII. Once again, from New England, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston had some stingers for the opposing team's J. Paul Getty ...

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Painting On Loan In Europe From MFA Houston Is Nazi Loot, Claim Heirs

  • Houston Chronicle
  • February 02, 2019 18:32
This painting by Henri Edmond Cross, "Regatta in Venice," was gifted to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1958 by Oveta Culp Hobby.

A legal claim has been filed for an artwork currently on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to a museum in Germany. Heirs of French real estate developer Gaston Levy, who lost his massive collection of French Impressionist artworks to the Nazis in World War II, say that Henri-Edmond ...

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British Museum Director Calls Keeping Parthenon Sculptures a "Creative Act"

  • Ta Nea
  • January 29, 2019 13:03
Plaster copies of Parthenon pediment sculptures at the Acropolis Museum stand in for original pieces that remain at the British Museum.

In an exclusive interview with Ta Nea, Greece's daily newspaper, the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, dismissed the latest uproar for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned to Greece. [Read backstory and ARTFIXdaily's opinion: Brexit Could Help the Case for Parthenon Sculptures ...

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Desert X 2019 Is Back And Featuring Artists From Jenny Holzer to Superflex

  • January 28, 2019 22:29
An exhibit in Desert X 2017

Desert X, the contemporary art biennial in various locations across California's arid Coahcella Valley, is back from Feb. 9 to April 21, 2019. The first edition of this free, curated exhibition of large-scale artworks drew around 200,000 people in 2017. A "Desert X 2017'' catalog will be ...

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The U.S. Formally Withdraws From Unesco, the U.N. Agency That Aims to Build Peace Through Cultural Understanding

  • New York Times
  • January 23, 2019 16:25
Trevi Fountain, part of the historic center of Rome that is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This month, the United States officially left Unesco, the United Nations' cultural and scientific organization. The U.S. was a founding member of Unesco, which was established following the horrors of the World War II era. While the U.S. withdrawal is newly in effect, the Trump administration ...

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Museum Readies to Display Newly Restored Multi-million Dollar Painting Found in Closet

  • Des Moines Register
  • January 23, 2019 16:25
Detail of Otto van Veen’s “Apollo and Venus.”

In 2016, an Iowa museum director was looking in a closet for a Civil War-era flag when he found a long-lost painting worth millions. Now with a full restoration completed and a security system in place, "Apollo and Venus," the rediscovered ca. 1600 work by renowned Dutch artist Otto van Veen, ...

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New Showroom Launches for Antiques and Design Businesses in Philadelphia

  • Business of Home
  • January 22, 2019 13:21
J.  Dauvergne (French, 19th/20th Century) An Art Deco Spelter figure of a female on onyx base circa 1920.  Sold on 1/12/19 for $500.

Joe Holahan and Jeff Kamal of Kamelot Auctions have founded an antiques center that offers dealers the chance to house booths and showrooms in New York’s unofficial sixth borough, Philadelphia, reports Business of Home. “What’s happening in our industry is that good locations used to get ...

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Known as Museum Donors, Sackler Family Now Under More Scrutiny in OxyContin Lawsuits

  • Boston
  • January 21, 2019 00:06
Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

Long-celebrated as arts and culture philanthropists, the Sackler family is increasingly in headlines for their company's role in pushing OxyContin, the prescription drug that has helped fuel a nationwide opioid epidemic. A legal filing filed in Massachusetts last week newly alleges that 8 Sackler ...

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Virtually Browse (and Support) the 20 Museums Closed by the Government Shutdown

  • January 15, 2019 22:41
Gordon Parks, "Trapped in abandoned building by a rival gang on street, Red Jackson ponders his next move," 1948, gelatin silver print, part of the exhibition "Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950" at the National Gallery of Art through Feb.  18, 2019.

With the 19 federally-funded Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art in DC closed due to the continuing federal government shutdown, people can still view collections and support these vital American institutions--online. The Smithsonian website has an array of thematic exhibitions ...

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James Turrell's 'Roden Crater' Project Gets $10 Million Donation from Kanye West

  • ASUnow
  • January 14, 2019 14:50
Still from video by Klaus Obermeyer/Rocket.film, 'Letting the light in, James Turrell, ASU partner on artwork'

James Turrell, 75, began his Roden Crater Project in 1977. The California artist has gotten a huge recent boost to the endeavor through a partnership with Arizona State University to raise $200 million, and now celebrity rapper Kanye West says he'll pitch in with a major donation. Kelly Crow ...

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Art Expert Says Cat Destroyed His Rare 17th-Century Painting

  • Telegraph
  • January 10, 2019 14:03
Dr Bendor Grosvenor in an episode of Britain's Lost Masterpieces (with Emma Dabiri).  (The painting shown is not the one destroyed by cat.)

A cat wrecked a rare 17th-century portrait painting, according to the pet's owner, UK-based art historian and writer Dr. Bendor Grosvenor. Grosvenor says the £5,000 ($6,371) artwork by Scottish artist John Michael Wright was scratched up by his cat, named Padme, after he had applied a warm ...

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Lawsuit Dismissed Against Artforum and Knight Landesman in #MeToo Case

  • New York Times
  • January 05, 2019 13:51
Artforum cover

A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Knight Landesman, the 68-year-old co-owner and former publisher of Artforum magazine, that alleged he repeatedly sexually harrassed a former employee and another eight women who came forward. Artforum was named in the case for ...

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Federal Government Shutdown Closes 20 Museums

  • January 05, 2019 13:50
Once the government shutdown ends, this surtout de table (detail) is on view in "Tablescapes: Designs for Dining," through April 14, 2019, at the Cooper Hewitt in New York.

Due to the continuing U.S. federal government shutdown, Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art have been closed since January 2 and 3, respectively. All 19 Smithsonian museums, including the National History Museum, the Hirshhorn and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as the ...

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Happy Holidays from ARTFIXdaily! Closed to January 7

  • December 16, 2018 20:02
Vija Celmins, Night Sky #16, 2000–01; collection SFMOMA, gift of Helen and Charles Schwab through The Art Supporting Foundation; © Vija Celmins; photo: courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Happy Holidays from ARTFIXdaily! We will be closed until January 7, 2019, and subscriber e-newsletter service will resume that day. New: Follow us on Instagram for our art posts, along with updates and announcements @artfixdaily Wishing our readers and ArtGuild members a peaceful holiday ...

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Over a Year After Hurricane Devastation, Houston's Pearl Fincher Museum Reopens With A Top-Tier Collection of American Art On View

  • December 13, 2018 16:10
Edward Cucuel (1875–1954), The Parasol, 1915, Oil on canvas.  Courtesy of The Hosek Collection of American Art

In Houston, the 10-year-old Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, which closed for renovation after Hurricane Harvey flooded its building in late August 2017, has reopened. The revamped museum is now showing new gifts along with more than 50 outstanding works from a private collection of American ...

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