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Ahead: ARTFIXdaily Closed Week of August 9; The Pollinator Pavilion Opens at Thomas Cole Site

ArtfixDaily / August 6th, 2020

ARTFIXdaily e-newsletter service will be closed next week and will resume on August 17. This Friday, August 7, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York, unveils The Pollinator Pavilion, a new public artwork by internationally renowned artists Mark Dion and Dana ...

New Round of Layoffs Hit U.S. Museums; Philadelphia Museum of Art Workers Vote to Unionize

ArtfixDaily / August 6th, 2020

After months of coronavirus impacts have battered museums' finances, art institutions across the U.S. have announced a fresh round of large-scale layoffs this week. Earlier layoffs and furloughs began in late March and April, and hit again in June resulting in steep job losses at American ...

Got Old House? A Live Stream Symposium Will Cover Historic Painted Wall Conservation

ArtfixDaily / August 6th, 2020

"Conserving Our Painted Past" Live Stream Symposium Oct. 26-28, 2020, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm REGISTRATION NOW OPEN AT www.pwpcenter.org/symposium   Distemper paint on historic painted plaster is fragile and can be damaged in a variety of ways. Vulnerable to moisture, it dissolves when ...

Shaker Museum Taps Selldorf Architects for New $15 Million Facility

ArtfixDaily / August 5th, 2020

Shaker Museum has selected Selldorf Architects to create its new permanent facility in downtown Chatham, New York, to exhibit its comprehensive collection of more than 18,000 pieces of Shaker material culture and accompanying archives. Like the objects themselves, the physical building will ...

Early American Carousel Sculptures Find New Home at the Crocker

ArtfixDaily / August 4th, 2020

The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif., has welcomed to its collection six hand-carved carousel animal sculptures by top makers from the golden age of carousels. The menagerie includes a deer, giraffe, horse, goat, bear, and greyhound, and is a generous gift from the renowned collection of ...

New Commissions by 100 Women Marking Centennial of 19th Amendment Debut Online August 18

ArtfixDaily / August 4th, 2020

100 Women Artists and Cultural Creators Respond to Centennial of the 19th Amendment and 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in America in the Context of COVID and Black Lives Matter On August 18, marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Park Avenue Armory and lead partner ...

Police Identify Tourist Who Broke Toes Off Canova Sculpture During Selfie

ArtfixDaily / August 4th, 2020

A museum visitor who leaned across and damaged a reclining sculpture by Antonio Canova has been tracked down by police in Italy. The 50-year-old man from Austria was identified by surveillance video and from registration measures implemented during the COVID-19 crisis. While viewing Canova's ...

Take a Video Tour of 'We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South'

ArtfixDaily / August 4th, 2020

Take a video tour of We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South on view to September 6, 2020, at Turner Contemporary (Margate, UK). This first exhibition of its kind in the UK showcases the work of artists and makers from Alabama and surrounding states, revealing a little-known ...

Media Scion James Murdoch's Company Takes Stake in Art Basel Owner

Hollywood Reporter / August 3rd, 2020

Days after resigning from News Corp.'s board of directors, James Murdoch has been approved to join the board of MCH Group, the parent company of Art Basel and its art fair platforms. Murdoch's Lupa Systems was approved by the MCH Group board of directors on Aug. 3 to allow the investment and ...

Basquiat Sells For Record In-App Price of $10.8 Million on Loïc Gouzer's Fair Warning

High Snobiety / August 2nd, 2020

Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 Untitled brought $10.8 million on Loïc Gouzer's new Fair Warning app last Thursday. The price is a world record for an in-app purchase. The oil stick on paper was estimated to sell for between $8 million to $12 million. According to the New York Times, the work had ...

A New Kind of Virtual Online Museum of Art to Debut This Summer

Hypebeast / August 2nd, 2020

The Virtual Online Museum of Art plans to be the world’s first fully interactive virtual museum. Opening online on August 14, VOMA will present curated exhibitions featuring seminal works from major institutions around the world, alongside works by contemporary artists and ...

'Sensational' Claim: Some Paintings By Gauguin Are Forgeries, Commissioned By His Art Dealer

Washington Post / July 30th, 2020

Beset by illness and injury, post-Impressionist master Paul Gauguin's life was coming to an end in 1903. Due to his ill health, while he was holed up in the remote French Polynesian islands of Marquesas, Gauguin was not likely to have created paintings dated to that year, contends French-born, ...

Museum of the American Revolution Set to Reopen Sept. 3; Special Exhibition 'When Women Lost the Vote' to Open Oct. 2

ArtfixDaily / July 29th, 2020

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia is scheduled to reopen to the general public on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, with special access for Museum Members beginning Thursday, August 20. Please check the Museum’s website for the most up-to-date hours and information for visitors. The ...

The Monet Show Must Go On — With an Array of Online Features From MFA Boston

ArtfixDaily / July 28th, 2020

Nineteenth-century Bostonians were on the cutting edge of collecting when the innovative works of French Impressionists burst on the scene. One of the largest holdings of Claude Monet’s (1840–1926) work outside France, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) acquired dozens of his Impressionist ...

House Votes For a National Latino Museum to Be Part of Smithsonian

NBC News / July 27th, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday to approve legislation that would create a national Latino museum in the nation’s capital. The initiative had wide bipartisan support and passed unanimously by voice vote, reports NBC News. "It's time for Latinos to see our contributions, our ...

Social Media Sensation 'Getty Museum Challenge' Will Be A Book

ArtfixDaily / July 27th, 2020

Getty Publications has announced a new book celebrating people's creativity and joy sparked by the Getty Museum Challenge — with all profits going to charity. Van Gogh’s Starry Night made out of spaghetti? Cat with a Pearl Earring? Frida Kahlo self-portraits with pets and toilet paper? ...

Upcoming Exhibition to Shed Light On African Modernism in America

ArtfixDaily / July 24th, 2020

A traveling exhibition planned for late 2022 will illuminate African Modernism in America, 1947–1967. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Fisk University Galleries in Nashville, which will be the first venue. African Modernism in America, 1947–1967 is the ...

Take an Online Tour of 'Fantastic Women' to Explore Works by the Hidden Heroines of Surrealism

ArtfixDaily / July 26th, 2020

Goddess, she-devil, doll, fetish, child-woman or wonderful dream crea­ture – in various guises, women were the central subject of male Surre­alist fantasies. Women artists initially found their way into the circle surrounding André Breton, the founder of the Surre­alist group, as compan­ions or ...

Art Nouveau Ceramics, Scheherazade in Gilded Age Art and an Artist's White House Coming Up at the Crocker

ArtfixDaily / July 25th, 2020

While the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif., is currently closed and preparing to reopen, a suite of new summer exhibitions await visitors. A major exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of California artist Wayne Thiebaud is also planned for the fall. "Al Farrow: The White House" is ...

One-Third of U.S. Arts Institutions May Close This Year; PPP Loans Lagged Behind the Billions in Losses

ArtfixDaily / July 23rd, 2020

A survey released by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) this week relayed a bleak outlook for U.S. arts institutions during ongoing pandemic-produced shutdowns: one-third expect that they could close completely this year.  From responses taken from 760 museum directors, 33 percent ...