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50th Anniversary Of The Newly-Restored Rothko Chapel Calls For Contemplation

ArtfixDaily / February 23rd, 2021

The light-dappled peace of the Rothko Chapel, a non-demonitional sanctuary in Houston, resonates today as it did 50 years ago upon opening—if not more so. From Feb. 26-28, 2021, the Rothko Chapel's golden anniversary will be commemorated with a number of virtual programs. The first phase of its ...

San Francisco Artist's 'Blue Check Homes' Spoof Hits a Nerve

SFGate / February 3rd, 2021

A San Francisco artist created a sensation last week with her 'Blue Check Homes' project — a made-up designation to signify an "authentic public figure" lives at a residence. Applications rolled in after the artist's Twitter announcement for an architectural emblem to showcase on a home's ...

Barbara Erickson, Leader of America's Oldest Conservation Nonprofit, Remembered

ArtfixDaily / January 21st, 2021

Barbara Erickson, The Trustees President and CEO, died on the afternoon of January 15, 2021. After a valiant struggle with cancer, Barbara passed peacefully surrounded by family at her home. The Trustees of Reservations is America's oldest conservation nonprofit and the organization cares for ...

In California: UC Regents Buy SF Art Institute Debt; State's $500 Million Grants Program Launches For Small Businesses, Nonprofits & Cultural Institutions

ArtfixDaily / January 2nd, 2021

The Regents of the University of California stepped up to buy San Francisco Art Institute's (SFAI) $19.7 million debt, according to Mission Local. Boston Private Bank & Trust Company moved to foreclose on the 149-year-old art institution in July. The UC Regents will now be landlord to ...

Wharton Esherick Museum Receives a Surprise Gift of $10 Million

Inquirer / December 13th, 2020

The Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern, Penn., received an unexpected endowment gift of $10 million. The museum made the public announcement on Friday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The news of the gift was shared earlier with the museum's co-founder shortly before he passed away this ...

Craft in America Awarded $100,000 Inaugural Prize for Excellence and Innovation by the Decorative Arts Trust

ArtfixDaily / December 7th, 2020

As part of the Decorative Arts Trust's dedication to nurturing academic and educational programs, Executive Director Matthew A. Thurlow announced Craft in America as the recipient of the inaugural Prize for Excellence and Innovation in a special presentation last evening. Established in 2020, the ...

Take a Virtual Tour of Philip Johnson's The Glass House in Connecticut

The Glass House / December 1st, 2020

The Glass House has launched Texture + Transparency, a series of six free virtual tours that offer an exploration of the Connecticut landmark, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Philip Johnson-designed property (now closed for the winter) in New Canaan, Conn., comprises ...

What Does a Billion-Dollar Government Investment in the Arts Look Like? Sneak Peek Melbourne's Reimagined Arts Precinct

ArtfixDaily / December 1st, 2020

Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will build a new gallery to present Australian and international contemporary art, design and architecture. When complete, at over 30,000 sqm (320,000 sq ft), NGV Contemporary will be the country’s largest gallery dedicated to contemporary art and ...

Divers Say Nazi Shipwreck May Hold Clues to Fate of Looted Amber Room

Guardian / October 2nd, 2020

A group of Polish divers say they have discovered a World War II-era German ship with crates of contents that could be connected to the missing Amber Room from the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg. The fabled amber and gold-leaf encrusted room, gifted to Peter the Great of Russia in 1716, ...

5 Awesome Open-Air Art Settings to Stroll Outdoors or Online This Fall

ArtfixDaily / September 13th, 2020

Local fall foliage viewing and art getaways in the fresh air have added attraction during the pandemic. With the sampling of outdoor art destinations listed below, check ahead with each venue for advanced ticketing, as most museums now require pre-booking, or explore their websites from home for ...

UK's Dyson Family to Open Art Gallery Showcasing Their Stellar Collection

Wallpaper / August 26th, 2020

The UK's bagless vacuum cleaner inventor and billionaire James Dyson, and his wife Deirdre, are planning to open an art gallery at their historic property in the Cotswolds. The new space will feature the Dyson's major collection of modern and contemporary artworks by the likes of David Hockney, ...

Cultural Organizations Worldwide Pledge Support to Beirut Following Blast Damage to Museums and Heritage Sites

ArchPaper / August 25th, 2020

International cultural organizations have expressed support for Beirut following blasts that extensively damaged historic buildings, cultural sites and museums in the Lebanese capital on August 4. Thousands of buildings, including hundreds in the city’s historic districts, were damaged. Over ...

Notre Dame VR Experience Offers an Immersive View Before and After the Fire

T+L / August 24th, 2020

FlyView, a virtual reality experience in Paris, now offers an immersive inside/outside look at Notre Dame cathedral before and after the April 2019 fire. “Rebuilding Notre Dame" is a 35-minute tour providing viewers with glorious details of architectural elements from the spire, gargoyles and ...

Wildfire Consumes Historic Structures in California's Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Mercury News / August 20th, 2020

{{image}} {{image}} A devastating wildfire swept through California's oldest state park on Tuesday night setting historic buildings ablaze along with much of the iconic site which hosts more than 1 million visitors per year. A California Historical Landmark established in 1902, Big Basin ...

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 ...

A Redesign of the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Stirs Controversy

New York Times / July 18th, 2020

The Hirshhorn museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, announced a redesign of its sculpture garden in 2019, noting that the garden needed infrastructure repairs, better accessibility and refreshed galleries. Japanese artist and architect Horishi Sugimoto was enlisted to revitalize the ...

France Reveals Plans to Restore Notre-Dame Cathedral As It Was

ArtfixDaily / July 13th, 2020

The Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt as it was before fire consumed part of the Paris landmark last year, a commission announced on Thursday. While contemporary designs were at first considered to replace the destroyed spire, the 19th-century design by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc will be ...

Iconic Hagia Sophia Converted From Museum Back to Mosque

T+L / July 13th, 2020

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul had been designated a mosque after several decades functioning as a museum. The popular tourist destination will still be open to travelers and locals, according to the Turkish state. Following a court decision, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered that ...

'Reflections on Unity' Sculpture at Asheville Art Museum Offers Hope After Damage

ArtfixDaily / June 3rd, 2020

'Let us all hope that we can come together' - artist Henry Richardson  The Asheville Art Museum was hit with graffiti on June 1 after a weekend of peaceful protests morphed into a destructive night in the western North Carolina city of Asheville. A hub for 20th- and 21st-century American ...

Blanton Museum of Art's 'Bake-Off' Art Challenge Delivers Delicious Results

ArtfixDaily / May 21st, 2020

As part of a suite of #MuseumFromHome offerings, Austin's Blanton Museum of Art posited a bake-off challenge online, with a call for locals and global citizens to make edible renditions of the museum's collection artworks. Professional and amateur entrants were judged separately and the winning ...