ARTFIXdaily News Feed - Breaking News from the Art World

Artist Leo Villareal Lights Up London With 'Illuminated River' Across Thames Bridges

ArtfixDaily / July 18th, 2019

Heads of traitors on spikes, bustling industry, quiet moonlit scenes by artists from Grimshaw to Whistler, the River Thames and its bridges have figured large in the lore of London. Now the public will see the historic waterway in a whole new light. Artist Leo Villareal – in collaboration with ...

Gloria Vanderbilt, Iconic Designer and Artist, Remembered

NPR / June 17th, 2019

Artist, fashion designer, actress, writer, model and philanthropist Gloria Vanderbilt died on Monday at age 95. Born in 1924, she was an heir to the vast fortune descended from shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. A highly publicized custody battle for Gloria led her to being ...

A Bacon and SFMOMA's Rothko Boost Sotheby's $341.9 Million Contemporary Art Sale

ARTnews / May 19th, 2019

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction wrapped in New York with a total of $341.9 million, with a strong sell-through rate of 88.9% by lot. Of the 63 lots offered in the May 16 evening sale, more than three-quarters made their auction debut. Seven artist records were set. Francis ...

Jeff Koons 'Rabbit' Fetches a Living Artist Record of $91 Million

CNN / May 15th, 2019

A stainless steel rabbit sculpture by Jeff Koons became the priciest work ever sold by a living artist at auction on Wednesday. Described as "one of the most iconic works of 20th-century art" by Christie's, the 1986 piece sold for $91,075,000, with fees. The Koons beat David Hockney's ...

'What Are You Digging For?': Artist Mark Bradford Explains His Work on '60 Minutes'

CBS News / May 13th, 2019

His first painting sold for $5,000. Now they can sell for more than $10 million. Influential LA-based artist Mark Bradford, 57, was interviewed by Anderson Cooper for 14 minutes of the CBS News program '60 Minutes' on Sunday. Known for his powerful, and often large-scale, abstract works that ...

Estate of 'LOVE' Artist Robert Indiana Files Motion to Stop Reproductions

Central Maine / May 11th, 2019

The estate of Robert Indiana, known for his 'LOVE' and 'HOPE' images, is trying to halt reproductions of his work on the grounds that licensing agreements for those works ended when he died almost a year ago. Indiana, at 89, died almost a year ago on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. Since ...

Fake German Heiress Behind Art Scam Gets 4 to 12 Years in Prison

Buzzfeed / May 9th, 2019

In Manhattan state court on Thursday, self-styled socialite Anna Sorokin, a.k.a. Anna Delvey, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for second-degree grand larceny and theft of services. "This defendant’s alleged criminal conduct spans from check fraud to six-figure stolen loans," ...

New Renderings Released for the $650 Million LACMA Building

Urbanize LA / April 30th, 2019

New renderings were published for LACMA's controversial building plan, reported Urbanize LA. The $650-million project replaces the museum's two oldest buildings with a street-straddling structure designed by architect Peter Zumthor.  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors green-lighted ...

The Extraordinary 'Journeys' of Artist-Explorer Tony Foster Remind Us That Every Day is Earth Day

ArtfixDaily / April 21st, 2019

“It was about the human need to revere certain natural places in the world.”— Tony Foster says of his art. British artist-explorer Tony Foster (b. 1946) might seem like a relic of the past with his 19th-century style of highly-detailed watercolor landscapes. Yet Foster's work has special ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed April 14 to 19

ArtfixDaily / April 14th, 2019

ARTFIXdaily is closed April 14 to 19 during a redesign of some features. Subscribers can look for the next e-newsletter on April 22. A buzzworthy exhibition on view now: Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling National Museum of the Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, through July 28, ...

Salvador Dalí Museum Plans a $38 Million Expansion With More Augmented Reality Exhibits

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2019

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, has announced plans for a major $38 million expansion. Around $30 million of that estimated cost would go to constuction of a new wing with 20,000 square feet for community spaces and digital exhibits. One expense will be 'Digital Dalí,' an ...

L.A. County Supervisors Approve Funds for the $650 Million New LACMA Building

LAist / April 9th, 2019

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to provide $117.5 million in county funding to move forward LACMA's new building plan. The total cost estimate for the project is $650 million, to be largely culled from private donations. Art-loving actors Brad Pitt and ...

Another Year Passes Without National Medal of Arts Awards

ArtfixDaily / March 5th, 2019

The White House's prestigious annual recognition of American artists, the National Medal of Arts awards, have not been announced or given since President Trump took office in January 2017. This represents the longest gap between ceremonies since the founding of the award in 1985. The arts have ...

Hank Willis Thomas Picked to Create Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Monument for Boston

ArtfixDaily / March 5th, 2019

Hank Willis Thomas was selected as the winner of a competition for a public monument in Boston to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The Kings met in Boston while he was attending theology school at Boston University and she was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music ...

USPS Honors Artist Ellsworth Kelly With 2019 Stamps

ArtfixDaily / March 1st, 2019

The USPS will issue 2019 stamps featuring the vibrant work of American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015). The selection comes after Forever® stamp collections that have honored Andrew Wyeth (in 2017), Hudson River School artists (in 2014), and modern masters including Duchamp, Davis, ...

After Prison Sentencing, Art Dealer Mary Boone Will Close Her Gallery

ARTnews / February 24th, 2019

Veteran New York art dealer Mary Boone, 67, will shutter her eponymous gallery. She was sentenced on Feb. 14 to thirty months in prison for filing false tax returns, with prosecutors alleging that she defrauded the IRS of over $3 million. “I had 49 wonderful years in art,” Boone ...

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

ArtfixDaily / February 5th, 2019

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 ...

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

ArtfixDaily / February 5th, 2019

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 ...

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

ArtfixDaily / January 28th, 2019

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 ...

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

ArtfixDaily / January 15th, 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 ...