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Egyptian Antiquities Expert Calls for Repatriation of King Tut Sculpture Ahead of Auction

ABC News / June 9th, 2019

ABC News: 'Egypt has the right to demand the repatriation of a stone sculpture of King Tutankhamun before it goes up for auction at Christie's in London next month, according to the country’s former antiquities chief.' "It seems that this sculpture was looted from [Luxor's] ...

New Statue of Liberty Museum Opens

New York Times / May 21st, 2019

On Liberty Island in New York Harbor, under the gaze of the 151-ft-tall Statue of Liberty that atttacts 4.5 million visitors per year, a new museum takes on the history and variable meaning of liberty in the United States. The 26,000-sf. Statue of Liberty Museum officially opened to the public ...

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 ...

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 ...

Innovative Artist Ruth Asawa Noted With a Google Doodle

ArtfixDaily / May 1st, 2019

Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was highlighted with a Google Doodle (in some countries) on Wednesday as May kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The Google feature would have exposed Asawa's work to millions of people. The doodle above the Google search bar depicts ...

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 ...

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

Ta Nea / January 29th, 2019

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 ...

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 ...

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

The Guardian / December 5th, 2018

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 ...

Easter Islanders Ask British Museum for Return of Moai Statue

Guardian / October 24th, 2018

From the Guardian: Easter Island’s indigenous people have asked Chile’s government to help them recover a unique Moai statue removed 150 years ago and now kept in the British Museum in London. The seven-foot-tall (2.4-metre) Hoa Hakananai’a sculpture was removed from the island by Richard ...

Sculptor and Rockefeller Scion Allegedly Helped Russian Interests

Bloomberg / July 29th, 2018

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 ...

Gallery Owner Arrested for Placing 11-Foot Drug Spoon Sculpture Outside Purdue Pharma

Hartford Courant / June 24th, 2018

From the Hartford Courant: A Stamford, Connecticut, art gallery owner was arrested and charged with a criminal misdemeanor and a felony Friday morning after dropping an 800-pound steel sculpture of a bent, burnt heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma, a top manufacturer of opioids, and then ...

Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

ArtfixDaily / June 20th, 2018

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced this week that the Southern California institution will close its doors. On June 13, at a PMCA Board meeting, Chairman Jim Crawford recommended that the museum close after the current exhibitions ...

20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

ArtfixDaily / June 6th, 2018

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

UK's Corbyn Backs Returning Parthenon Sculptures to Greece

Independent / June 4th, 2018

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would return the Parthenon sculptures to Greece if elected Prime Minister, he said in an interview with Greek newspaper Ta Nea. Corbyn believes the sculptures, also called the Elgin Marbles, "belong to Greece." The international cultural agency UNESCO ...

Christo to Float 150-Ton Barrel Sculpture on London Lake

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2018

The latest work by artist Christo is under construction in London  – it's a carefully floating stack of 7,506 barrels. The Mastaba will be a temporary draw in Hyde Park where the piece will float on Serpentine Lake from June 18 (weather permitting) to September 23, 2018. The ...

First Statue of a Woman Enters London's Parliament Square

NPR / April 24th, 2018

The first statue of a woman, and the first to be created by a female artist, went up in London's Parliament Square on Tuesday. For 150 years, monuments to only male statesmen have populated the square, including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and seven others. ...

Artwork from La Salle University Collection Hits the Auction Block

The Inquirer / April 18th, 2018

Philadelphia's La Salle University is unloading a trove of 46 American and European artworks from its museum collections through Christie's in a series of sales beginning in New York this week. School trustees say the sale proceeds will fund initiatives from La Salle University’s five-year ...

Robert Indiana's Sculptural 'LOVE' Returns to Philadelphia, Descends on Hong Kong

ArtfixDaily / February 13th, 2018

In time for Valentine's Day, Robert Indiana's iconic 'LOVE' sculpture returned to the City of Brotherly Love. The piece was paraded on a flatbed truck around Philadelphia on Tuesday before its reinstallation at John F. Kennedy Plaza, known as LOVE Park, which is undergoing a ...