Karen Pence Explains Art Therapy for Her Second Lady Platform

  • October 18, 2017 17:15
Karen Pence unveils her initiative: Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART

Second Lady Karen Pence brought 100 pounds of clay with her to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Packed onto Air Force Two, the clay was meant for an art therapist that Pence had heard needed the artistic medium for children on the devastated island. On Wednesday, Pence unveiled details of her ...

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Rockwell Family Presses for Berkshire Museum to Halt Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 17, 2017 13:13
Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950)

Members of Norman Rockwell's family met with the Massachusetts attorney general's office last week to voice opposition to the planned sale by the Berkshire Museum of two works by the artist. The artist gave "Shuffleton's Barber Shop" and "Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop" to the museum in Pittsfield, ...

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15-Foot Bierstadt Painting 'The Domes of Yosemite' Travels to Florida

  • October 16, 2017 15:41
Albert Bierstadt, The Domes of Yosemite

The largest known painting by American master Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) will be exhibited in Florida this winter through a special loan of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont. The Domes of the Yosemite, which measures nearly 10 by 15 feet, will begin the winter in Miami at ArtCare ...

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California Art Studio Raises $100K in 2 Days for Fire Relief

  • SFGate
  • October 15, 2017 17:46
A version of the "I Love You California print" by Annie Galvin, 3 Fish Studios.

The San Francisco artist-couple behind a popular "I Love You California" art print ran a 2-day fundraiser that quickly generated $100,000 for fire relief in Northern California. 3FishStudios partnered with The What newsletter and Next Draft mailing list to get word out about the special ...

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Gallerist Gary Nader to Sell $100 Million of His Art to Fund Museum

  • Miami New Times
  • October 12, 2017 20:45
Miami skyline

Art dealer Gary Nader plans to sell about $100 million worth of works from his collection to fund the building of a new museum in downtown Miami. Several blue-chip works---by the likes of Picasso and Botero---from Nader's personal collection are set to be sold during Art Basel Miami Beach in ...

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Gurlitt's Art Dealer Finally Speaks About His Notorious Client

  • Swiss Info
  • October 12, 2017 20:28
Franz Marc's Pferde in Landschaft, one of the artworks discovered in the Gurlitt collection (probably 1911, gouache on coloured paper).

Swiss art dealer and auctioneer Eberhard Kornfeld broke his silence about client Cornelius Gurlitt in an interview, detailing how the reclusive collector sold off artworks. Gurlitt, who died in 2014, inherited over 1,200 artworks from his art dealer father who worked with the Nazis. He kept the ...

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Trump Withdraws U.S. from UNESCO

  • New York Times
  • October 12, 2017 12:26
Mosaic of Change (MOC), "Peace," was unveiled for UNESCO's 70th Anniversary Celebration in Paris in 2015.

The Trump administration announced plans on Thursday to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. Citing "anti-Israel bias" as the primary reason for withdrawal, the U.S. seeks to be a nonmember observer of the U.N. agency that designates cultural ...

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California Wine Country Fires Engulf Historic Structures, Arts Center

  • SF Chronicle
  • October 09, 2017 23:22
The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn burned in the Oct.  9, 2017, fire.

Fifteen wildfires raged through Northern California beginning Sunday night, destroying homes, schools, businesses, hotels, and multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties and the vicinity. Ten people were reported dead and dozens were missing as of Monday evening. While the massive and ...

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Snapchat's Virtual Jeff Koons Sculpture Vandalized

  • Fast Company
  • October 09, 2017 14:27

A sculpture of a balloon dog by Jeff Koons that exists in augmented reality has been vandalized.  Just last week, Snap Inc. announced the new AR feature which allows users to discover virtual Koons art in public places around the world. A giant AR Koons piece in New York's Central Park ...

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Newly Found Copy of Declaration of Independence at Auction in Nov.

  • New York Times
  • October 08, 2017 23:19
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

A trove of historical documents belonging to a descendant of early British settlers in Long Island will emerge for the first time on the auction market next month, reports the New York Times. The star lot of the consignment is a copy of the Declaration of Independence--a rare and newly ...

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Jeff Koons Partners With Snapchat on Augmented Reality Art Hunt

  • Hyperallergic
  • October 03, 2017 20:37
Jeff Koons teams up with Snapchat

Remember the summer of Pokemon Go? People were popping up everywhere to play the interactive game with their smartphones. Now art will take it's turn in augmented reality, and it's art for art's sake. Artist Jeff Koons, known the world-over for his massive balloon dog sculptures, teamed up with ...

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45-Foot Female Sculpture Could Head to National Mall

  • New York Times
  • October 03, 2017 14:07
R-Evolution debuted at Burning Man in 2015 and the 45-foot sculpture could head to the National Mall this fall.

Organizers of an annual vigil held at DC's National Mall plan to temporarily move a 45-foot sculpture of a female nude there to face the White House as part of a November gathering of activists. The "R-Evolution" sculpture stands tall in mountain pose, a yoga posture, and was first created for ...

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'Mona Lisa Nude Sketch' Found in French Collection

  • BBC
  • October 01, 2017 18:09
Charcoal sketch believed to be a study for the Mona Lisa.

A charcoal portrait of a nude woman is now thought to be a study for the Mona Lisa. The work was previously attributed to Leonardo da Vinci's studio, but experts have lately determined that the Renaissance master likely created the charcoal sketch, based on its size, age, stylistic elements, ...

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'Loving Vincent' Film Animates Van Gogh's Life and Work

  • September 28, 2017 12:34
A painted version of Robert Gulaczyk as Vincent van Gogh in “Loving Vincent.”

The world's first fully painted feature film is an animated adventure featuring the tragic story and beloved artworks of Vincent van Gogh---and it's experienced as if viewing his life through the lens of his art. The film opened in New York last week, and debuts in LA on Friday before additional ...

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Guggenheim Pulls Artworks from China Exhibition Amid Threats

  • September 26, 2017 14:05
Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other.

Threats of violence have forced the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to withdraw three controversial works featuring animals from an upcoming exhibition. "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World," a survey of Chinese contemporary art made between the 1989 Tiananmen Square ...

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Chinese Vase Sells for 10,000 Times Estimate in Swiss Auction

  • swissinfo
  • September 24, 2017 18:51

Two bidders competed to send a Chinese vase to a record 5 million Swiss francs in Geneva. The pre-sale estimate for the piece was 500 to 800 Swiss francs. "Including the commission, the vase will cost the Asian buyer CHF6.08 million ($6.1 million)," auctioneer Olivier Fichot told the AFP news ...

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Missing Rubens Portrait Discovered in Glasgow

  • Guardian
  • September 24, 2017 17:36
The Rubens portrait after restoration.

A painting by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been found in Glasgow after it was thought to have been lost for 400 years. The portrait was considered a copy of an original depicting George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, who was believed to have been James VI and I’s lover. It was ...

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Jasper Johns Plans Artists' Retreat at His Connecticut Estate

  • Sharon, Conn.
  • September 19, 2017 14:29
Johns was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

The town of Sharon, Conn., has approved a plan proposed by representatives of modern master Jasper Johns for an artists' retreat. Johns, 87, owns a 170-acre country home and studio space there that would be converted into the retreat after his death. At a planning and zoning committee meeting ...

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Banksy Adds Artworks to Barbican Ahead of Basquiat Exhibition

  • Guardian
  • September 18, 2017 13:22
Banksy mural at the Barbican.

Street artist Banksy created two new murals outside central London's Barbican Art Gallery just prior to a major show of works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opening there on Sept. 21. On Instagram, Banksy describes one mural as “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan ...

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British Art Dealer Convicted of Stealing Artwork from Rolling Stones Guitarist

  • Rolling Stone
  • September 14, 2017 10:33
Ronnie Wood in 1988 in Malmö at a vernissage of his art at Hotel Cramer.  The artwork by Ronnie Wood in the background was garbled because of copyright reasons.

British art dealer Jonathan Poole has been sentenced to prison for stealing artworks from his clients. Poole's clients included the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, along with the estates of Miles Davis and John Lennon. He plead guilty to 26 charges of fraud and theft made between 1986 and ...

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