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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Researchers Discover Way to Fight The Bacteria That Ruins Paintings

  • Fast Company
  • December 12, 2018 12:17

Besides sunlight, heat, humidity and other factors, paintings face deterioration over time because of bacteria. A group of Italian researchers now says that old paintings can be better preserved by adding more bacteria to the mix. They discovered that some bacterial spores will fight the bad ...

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Neustadt Opens Up Its 250,000-Piece Tiffany Glass Archive For Tours

  • AD
  • December 11, 2018 22:03
Tiffany glass fragments

The public can now go on tours of the world's largest archive of glass remnants from Tiffany Studios. From December through February, twice a month, the non-profit Neustadt is offering hour-and-a-half-long tours to preregistered groups, capped at six people, reports AD. The Neustadt Collection ...

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Museums, Cultural Sites Reopen After Violent Protests in France

  • FRANCE24
  • December 09, 2018 23:35
Louvre

France cleaned up on Sunday after a fourth weekend of protests resulted in violence and property damage. Dozens of museums, shops and cultural sites closed around Paris on Saturday. Some 125,000 "yellow vests," the name for protestors wearing the bright safety vests, demonstrated across the ...

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Jerry Saltz Has A Brutal Theory On Why the World's Most Expensive Painting Is "Missing"

  • Vice
  • December 07, 2018 12:17
Detail of Salvator Mundi by da Vinci

Critic Jerry Saltz explains "Why the World's Most Expensive Painting Has Gone Missing" in a Vice video here.  While we're assuming "missing" equates to "out of public view," Saltz claims the reason is that the $450 million Leonardo da Vinci titled "Salvator Mundi" is a "made up piece of junk,"and ...

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019 is Living Coral

  • December 06, 2018 17:43
Jannis Spyropoulos, Vineyard, 1952.  The Vorres Museum, Paiania, Attiki, Greece.

From fashion to homewares, interior design to everyday products, our visual experience from year-to-year is often influenced by Pantone's pick of "color of the year." Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has declared a choice of "top color" that makes its way into brands, onto runways, and can ...

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Facing A 'Dystopian Prospect,' Tania Bruguera Among Cuban Artists Detained in Crackdown

  • Reuters
  • December 05, 2018 11:52
Tania Bruguera, TANIA BRUGUERA: 10,146,374, the Hyundai Commission at the Tate Modern, through Feb.  24, 2019.

High-profile performance artist Tania Bruguera and several other Cuban artists were detained in Havana on Monday after trying to stage a protest against a new decree that they fear will hamper creativity and increase censorship of Cuban culture, reports Reuters. Before disappearing, the artists ...

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The Getty Responds to Court Ruling on 2,000-Year-Old Victorious Youth Statue

  • The Guardian
  • December 05, 2018 11:52
Detail of the Getty Bronze, or Victorious Youth, made by Lysippos between 300 and 100 BC.  Greece.

Italy’s supreme court has ruled that the Getty museum in Los Angeles must return a 2,000-year-old Greek bronze statue, known both as the "Victorious Youth" and the "Getty Bronze," that it bought for almost $4m in 1977. (Read more: The Guardian) In response, the museum released this statement ...

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iPhone Artist Charlotte Prodger Wins 2018 Turner Prize

  • December 04, 2018 16:34
Still from BRIDGIT, by Charlotte Prodger

Glasgow-based artist Charlotte Prodger was awarded this year's Turner Prize, Britain's prestigious annual recognition of a contemporary artist. The Tuesday evening ceremony at Tate Britain gave Prodger the award for her short clips filming the Scottish countryside and personal, artistic ...

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U.S. Judge to Hear Ongoing Case of Heir's Nazi-Looted Pissarro Held by Museum in Spain

  • Los Angeles Times
  • December 03, 2018 14:36
Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon.  Effect of Rain by Camille Pissarro in the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Nearly 80 years after a woman was forced to sell a painting to Nazi officials in order to escape Germany in 1939, a judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday will determine a case brought by her heirs against a museum in Spain that now has the artwork. Madrid’s Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza has ...

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SpaceX Has Blasted Artists' Projects Into Orbit

  • December 03, 2018 14:31
Rendering for Trevor Paglen's Orbital Reflector

Space is the new place for art. After flight delays, two museum-supported artist projects head into the final frontier.  On Monday morning, SpaceX successfully launched 2 artist projects into space onboard a re-used Falcon 9 rocket. Taking off from the California coast, these art pieces were ...

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Thieves Take Renoir Painting Off Wall Just Prior to Auction in Vienna

  • CBS
  • November 28, 2018 18:49
Suspects shown in CCTV stills, provided by Vienna police.

Three middle-aged men entered an auction house in Vienna and removed a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir from a wall on Monday, according to a police statement. The artwork was displayed on the second floor for an upcoming sale at the Dorotheum auction house. Each thief ...

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On #GivingTuesday, One Museum Aims for Donors to Crowdfund $1 Million to Help Acquire An Artwork

  • November 26, 2018 23:12
Yayoi Kusama's Let's Survive Forever infinity room at wndr museum in Chicago.

On this #GivingTuesday, museums worldwide offer up various reminders to encourage charitable giving. The Art Gallery of Ontatrio is asking for $1 million CAD, part of a month-long campaign that has already spurred hefty giving to the non-profit institution. The AGO, in Toronto, is crowdfunding ...

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