Museum Featuring Westervelt CEO Jack Warner's Collection Will Close, and More Art Sold

  • August 23, 2018 15:07
“Dawn Before Gettysburg” by Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art in Alabama, housing the renowned collection of 17th-20th century American and Asian fine art, furniture and decorative arts formed by the late Westervelt Company CEO Jack Warner, will close on Aug. 31. In a statement the museum noted: "While The Westervelt Company ...

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SpaceX to Blast Artist Trevor Paglen's Shiny Sculpture Into Orbit

  • August 23, 2018 15:07
Trevor Paglen with a prototype of Orbital Reflector

Starry, starry night gets more bling... A fourteen-foot diameter Mylar balloon hanging in the Nevada Museum of Art is but a tiny model for a project by artist Trevor Paglen that is scheduled to be blasted into space this fall. In partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art and in collaboration ...

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AI-Generated Artwork Heads to Christie's in a First-Ever Sale

  • Christie's
  • August 21, 2018 13:25
Portrait of Edmond Belamy, 2018, created by GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), which will be offered at Christie’s in October.  Image © Obvious

A portrait created by artifical intelligence will the hit auction block this fall. An artist collective's algorithm has made an abstracted 18th/19th century-looking man, Portrait of Edmond Belamy, which will test the waters for AI art in the Prints & Multiples sale at Christie’s in New ...

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Museum Visitor Falls Into Anish Kapoor's 8-Foot 'Descent Into Limbo'

  • Gizmodo
  • August 20, 2018 18:54
Anish Kapoor's ‘Descent into Limbo (1992)’

A museum visitor descended 8 feet into Anish Kapoor's Descent Into Limbo installation in Portugal last week. The injured Italian museum-goer possibly did not see the warning signs around the installation, which was not roped off at the exhibit in Serralves Museum in Porto. Painted ...

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Ai Weiwei's New Work 'Life Cycle' Debuts in L.A. This Fall

  • August 19, 2018 22:57
Ai Weiwei's Life Cycle (2018) will be on view at the non-profit Marciano Art Foundation in LA.

Marciano Art Foundation will present a solo exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, on view from September 28, 2018 — March 3, 2019, at the Los Angeles non-profit. This exhibition is Ai’s first major institutional exhibition in Los Angeles and will feature the new and unseen work Life ...

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GQ Investigates the Rise in Chinese Art Thefts Worldwide

  • GQ
  • August 19, 2018 20:53
An 18th century lacquer box that was stolen from the Chinese Pavilion of the Swedish Royal Palace Drottningholm in 2010

GQ sent writer Alex W. Palmer to investigate the sharp increase in Chinese art heists at museums worldwide. In 2010, there was a brazen break-in at the Swedish royal residence, with the state collection at the Chinese Pavilion raided of antiquities on the grounds of Drottningholm Palace. Not ...

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Kate Ballis's 'Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism' Depicts California in a Whole New Light

  • Forbes
  • August 16, 2018 13:10
Kate Ballis, 'Sheats Goldstein', 2017.  Archival pigment print

Felicity Carter writes in Forbes: At first sight, the work of Kate Ballis may not look like they're photographs, but they are. And her latest exhibition entitled, Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism now showing at Los Angeles gallery, Garis & Hahn conjures up so many references. Inspired ...

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Artworks Rediscovered in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's Vault in 2019 Exhibition

  • The Art Newspaper
  • August 15, 2018 22:22
Andy Warhol's Mao Zedong series of portraits in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art vault.

A trove of artworks hidden away in Iran's Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will finally be on display next year. A planned exhibition of the long unseen works was scrapped for Berlin last year, and selections are now scheduled to show in Tehran. Modern American and European masterworks, and ...

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Appeals Court to Hear Suit Against Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • August 14, 2018 21:56
THOMAS WILMER DEWING, The White Dress.  Oil on canvas.

While some $47 million in art may have already been sold, an appeals case against the Berkshire Museum's offloading of its collections will go forward in Sept., reports the Berkshire Eagle. Detractors say the museum breached a contract with museum members and betrayed the public trust by ...

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Appeal Filed in Case of Contested Cranach Paintings

  • Pasadena Star-News
  • August 14, 2018 18:18
"Adam" and "Eve" painted by German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder around 1530.

The long-running legal dispute between a California museum and the heir of a Jewish Dutch art dealer continues over ownership of two 16th century masterpieces. The life-size paintings of Adam and Eve by German Renaissance master Lucas Cranach the Elder belong to her family, argues Marei von ...

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'My Greatest Successes Have Come Through Her': The Artistic Partnership of Edward and Christiana Bannister

  • NewportRI
  • August 13, 2018 18:57
Palmer River by Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1885.

Through Oct. 8, 2018, the Gilbert Stuart Museum, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, presents “My Greatest Successes Have Come Through Her,” The Artistic Partnership of Edward and Christiana Bannister. African-American artist Edward Bannister rose to fame in the antebellum era, with the help of ...

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Crowds Swarm New Art-Filled $2.26 Billion Transit Center in San Francisco

  • Hyperallergic
  • August 12, 2018 23:04
Julie W.  Chang, The Secret Garden (detail), Salesforce Transit Center Grand Hall, 2018

Some twenty years in the making, a new $2.26 billion transit center in San Francisco is expected to eventually host over 100,000 people per day. Salesforce Transit Center opened Aug. 11 with huge crowds for a public preview. The massive facility boasts a five-acre rooftop park and is ...

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Tariff Plan Could Dampen U.S. Market in Chinese Art

  • Bloomberg
  • August 09, 2018 21:35
Detail of the Taber Family Tianqiuping from the Philbrook Museum of Art that sold at Christie's for $14.5 million.

From Bloomberg: The art world is growing anxious about President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. The administration’s list of $200 billion in goods targeted for duties includes paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics and historical collectibles, along with antiques older than 100 ...

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Scholar Claims Leonardo's $450 Million Painting Was Largely Done by Another Artist

  • CNN
  • August 08, 2018 22:01
Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

In a newly revised book titled "Leonardo da Vinci," due out next month, a scholar makes his case for the world's most expensive painting to be not solely created by the master himself, but by another hand. From CNN: Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," the world's most expensive painting, ...

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'The Brady Bunch' House Will Get a 70s Style Restoration by HGTV

  • CNN
  • August 07, 2018 21:10
Brady Bunch house

HGTV is the new owner of a North Hollywood, Calif., home that was featured as the exterior setting for the popular 1970s series, "The Brady Bunch." Listed at $1.9 million, multiple offers, including one from singer Lance Bass, likely drove up the price for the split-level. "This iconic ...

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Sotheby's Earnings Takes a Hit from 'Pricing Error' on Artwork

  • CNBC
  • August 07, 2018 15:07
Buste de femme de profil by Pablo Picasso

Sotheby’s sold $3.45 billion of art during the first half of 2018, with $57.3 million net income in the second quarter of 2018—a decrease of $19.6 million, or about 26 percent, in comparison to the same period in 2017. Two artworks that were sold with guaranteed prices for the consignors seem ...

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Gerry Lenfest, Philadelphia Philanthropist and Arts Patron, Remembered

  • August 06, 2018 15:21
Gerry Lenfest

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, 88, passed away on Aug. 5, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. A leading philanthropist and driver of civic causes and the arts for the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region, Lenfest gave away over $1.3 billion in just two decades. After building a fortune in ...

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Artists in Protest Art Exhibition Protest the Museum Hosting It

  • New York Times
  • August 05, 2018 23:42
Women's March, Wellington, NZ, credit Andy McArthur

Artists represented in an exhibition of protest art in London voiced concerns to the museum over its hosting of an event for a defense contractor. Then, in an ironic twist, some artists of the protest art came to withdraw their artwork from the Design Museum in London, in protest. Artist ...

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Authorities in China Demolish Ai Weiwei's Studio

  • NPR
  • August 05, 2018 23:09
 Ai Weiwei, Dog's head sculpture, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, 2011

Authorities in China razed the art studio of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei over the weekend. A longtime critic of the Chinese government, Ai was quick to repsond to the destruction of his space on Instagram. "Farewell," Ai wrote. "They started to demolish my studio 'Zuoyuo' in Beijing ...

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Rarely-Seen Thomas Hart Benton Painting Emerges in Martha's Vineyard Gallery

  • Vineyard Gazette
  • August 02, 2018 22:30

A gallery in West Tisbury, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, has reportedly acquired a much-admired painting by American master Thomas Hart Benton. The 1926 painting of a moving train, titled Going West, has rarely been exhibited in public. While the similar lithograph is widely known, ...

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