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ISIS Beheads Antiquities Scholar Who Protected Location of Artifacts

Guardian / August 19th, 2015

Islamic State militants publicly beheaded a leading scholar of antiquities in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Tuesday. Khaled al-Asaad, 82, refused to tell the militants the whereabouts of ancient artifacts moved for safekeeping. After a month-long detainment, he was murdered and his body hung ...

Marcel Breuer's Stillman House with Calder Mural at Auction

ArtfixDaily / July 23rd, 2015

The Marcel Breuer-designed Stillman House, in bucolic Litchfield, Connecticut, will be offered by Wright at a Design Masterworks auction on Nov. 19. Considered a masterpiece of modern architecture and art—with murals designed by Alexander Calder and Xanti Schawinsky—the 2.8-acre property ...

Unesco Remembers The Alamo Among New World Heritage Sites

Business Insider / July 7th, 2015

Unesco has designated 27 more places to its list of world heritage sites. Properties from Texas to Turkey will now join over 1,000 cultural, historical, and natural sites around the globe that form the United Nations organization's list. The Alamo, one of five frontier missions ...

Cooper Union President, Trustees Resign Amid Turmoil

Inside Higher Ed / June 11th, 2015

Five trustees and the president of the Cooper Union resigned this week following years of turmoil at the elite New York college that trains artists, architects and engineers. President Jamshed Bharucha resigned Wedsnesday, a day after the trustees. The exodus follows backlash from students, ...

Frick Museum Scraps Controversial Expansion Plan

ArtfixDaily / June 4th, 2015

A plan to expand the Frick Collection in Manhattan with a six-story tower has been abandoned. Protestors railed against a 106-foot-tall addition that would be built over the historic mansion's Russell Page Garden. A movement to preserve the garden, and the Frick's cherished intimate scale, ...

Cooper Union Finances Probed by New York Attorney General

Wall Street Journal / March 26th, 2015

New York Attonry General Eric Schneiderman is investigating the financial dealings of New York's Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. The probe follows the school's decision to charge undergraduate tuition after 150 years of keeping it free, and a lawsuit against the school ...

Historians Capture World Heritage Site with 3D Laser Scanner

Live Science / February 24th, 2015

Historians Charles Matz and Jonathan Michael Dillon went to the Muslim holy city of Harar in Ethiopa to take 3D scans of the city's historic structures. They captured the crumbling contours of the UNESCO world heritage site, and in the process, created a new form of art by also digitally ...

Broad Museum Preview Tour Draws a Crowd

LA Times / February 16th, 2015

A one-day sneak peek at the under-construction Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles drew a who's who of about 3,000 art world figures and media on Sunday. Scheduled to open Sept. 20, the museum's milky white honeycomb architecture filtered in an energizing light. Museum founder Eli Broad said ...

Will the Guggenheim Helsinki Get the "Bilbao Effect"?

Archdaily / January 27th, 2015

The proposed Guggenheim Helsinki, with its architectural competition still underway, is drawing more fire from critics who question the New York museum's use of Finland's prized harbor site and its impact...

Rothkos, Reinstalled Galleries Rule Inside the Expanded Harvard Art Museums

ArtfixDaily / November 18th, 2014

A challenge emerged to integrate, renovate and expand Harvard Art Museums' three buildings under one 21st-century roof in a crowded city space that dates back to the colonial era. Italian architect Renzo Piano delivered...

France on Fire with Art Openings This Week

France 24 / October 21st, 2014

Modern and contemporary art gets a bigger than usual spotlight this week in Paris. French president Francois Hollande, fashion editor Anna Wintour and Louis Vuitton head honcho Bernard Arnault...

Artist Bosco Sodi Creates an Art Utopia with Architect Tadao Ando

WSJ / October 2nd, 2014

Brooklyn-based artist Bosco Sodi's new arts foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is meant to be "a refuge for artists and the local community."

Architect Jean Nouvel Reveals Big Plans for National Art Museum of China

ArtfixDaily / September 22nd, 2014

Spanning 1,399,308 square feet, more than double the size of the Louvre, a new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) has been conceived by French architect Jean Nouvel.

Artist Will Make Covent Garden Appear to Float this Fall

Telegraph / August 28th, 2014

Popular marketplace Covent Garden in the heart of London is set to levitate this fall.

Mass MoCA Gets $25.4 Million from State for Expansion

New York Times / August 25th, 2014

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) received $25.4 million in state funding through a capital facilities bond bill passed by Governor Deval Patrick...

Architect Zaha Hadid Sues Over Article

Reuters / August 25th, 2014

Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid filed a lawsuit on Thursday against The New York Book Review and architecture critic Martin Filler...

Guggenheim Foundation Hopes to Open Helsinki Location

ArtfixDaily / January 11th, 2012

The Guggenheim Foundation unveiled plans to open its tenth museum worldwide, and fourth European museum, in Helsinki, Finland. The museum is to be located on the site of a former ship terminal in Helsinki Harbor, with the intention of opening in 2018. The proposal is still...

American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture

New York Times / July 14th, 2010

Alice T. Friedman, an architectural historian and professor of American art history at Wellesley, has a new book, “American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture” (Yale University Press; $65), that links the work of postwar architects like Morris Lapidus, Philip Johnson and Richard ...

$42.5 million Montecito estate on the market

ArtfixDaily / June 30th, 2010

A sumptuous reinterpretation of Southern vernacular architecture has been built on spec in the foothills of Montecito, California. Overlooking a wide swath of the Pacific on about 5 acres, stands the 10,797+/- sq.ft main residence, with a 56-foot pool, 2-bedroom guest house, and pool cabana with ...

SFMOMA names four finalists for expansion

San Francisco Chronicle / May 11th, 2010

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has narrowed the list of architects for its $250 million expansion to four firms that vary wildly in size and style - but which almost certainly guarantee the new wing will be a distinct contrast with the institution's iconic home. Foster + Partners, David ...