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Architects Respond to a Possible 'Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again' Executive Order

ArtfixDaily / February 5th, 2020

Architectural Record broke the news that neoclassical architecture could be the mandated style for future federal buildings nationwide according to a leaked preliminary draft of an executive order, reportedly entitled "Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again." AR: "...the White House would ...

The National Trust For Historic Preservation Wants to Know Where Women Made History, So Bring on the Artist Places

ArtfixDaily / January 28th, 2020

For the art world, a new opportunity to put American women artists on the map has come as the U.S. celebrates the centennial of womens' voting rights. This year, with the 100th anniversary of U.S. women earning the right to vote, a new campaign of The National Trust For Historic ...

Russia Will Help Syria Restore Palmyra Museum Artifacts Damaged by ISIS

ArtfixDaily / November 28th, 2019

In a strategic move this week, the state Hermitage Museum announced that Russia has partnered with Syria to restore 20 cultural artifacts from the National Museum of Palmyra that ISIS attempted to destroy over the last four years. A coalition will also look at rebuilding the historic sites ...

A Greene and Greene Arts and Crafts Gem Hits the Market at $4.7 Million

ArtfixDaily / November 24th, 2019

Now considered a prime example of early California Arts and Crafts architecture, the Duncan-Irwin House (1906) began as a modest cottage owned by a seamstress named Katherine Duncan. She sold the house to wealthy New Yorker Theodore Irwin Jr. and his family who enlisted famed ...

Major Flooding Temporarily Shuts Down the Venice Biennale, But the Show Will Go On

W Magazine / November 13th, 2019

Venice mayor Luigi Bragnaro declared a state of emergency after flood tides inundated the city on Tuesday. The result on Wednesday was a temporary closing of the Venice Biennale's 58th edition, Saint Mark's Basilica, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Pinault Collection's Punta della Dogana and ...

An 'Essential' Midcentury Modern House Lost, Getty Museum Remains Closed in SoCal Fire

ArtfixDaily / October 28th, 2019

Update, Tuesday, 9:45pm: The Getty Center and Getty Villa remain closed this week (through Nov. 1) due to continuing threat from the Getty Fire in Los Angeles during possibly historic high winds. The nearby landmark Eames House also closed. Curbed LA reports that one known casualty of the Getty ...

Art Scammer's San Francisco Home Offered at $15 Million

SFGate / October 17th, 2019

The home of a notorious art scammer, an enviable Mediterranean style mansion in the posh Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco, is now offered for sale at $15 million, after a previusly listing at $19 million. In 2015, Luke Brugnara,  a.k.a. "Lucky Luke," was sentenced to seven ...

A New Kind of 'Art Hub' to Debut in London With Flexible Exhibition and Work Spaces for Members

Evening Standard / September 30th, 2019

A £20 million renovation of 5 historic buildings in London will create an innovative way to work and sell for professionals in the visual arts. Opening in May 2020, Cromwell Place is a new art center and membership organization with 14 gallery spaces set in the heart of South Kensington’s ...

Last House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Comes to Auction

ArtfixDaily / September 29th, 2019

Circular Sun House, the last residence designed by America's pre-eminent 20th-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright, will be offered at auction next month. One of 14 circular homes Wright created, and his last design before he died in April 1959, the residence will be sold at a live, on-site ...

Extreme Heat Further Threatens Notre Dame, Architect Says

CNN / July 25th, 2019

A heat wave that has embroiled Europe all week could cause the fire-damaged parts of Notre Dame to collapse, according to Chief Architect Philippe Villeneuve. "I am very worried about the heat wave because, as you know, the Cathedral suffered from the fire, the beams coming down, but also ...

Artist Leo Villareal Lights Up London With 'Illuminated River' Across Thames Bridges

ArtfixDaily / July 18th, 2019

Heads of traitors on spikes, bustling industry, quiet moonlit scenes by artists from Grimshaw to Whistler, the River Thames and its bridges have figured large in the lore of London. Now the public will see the historic waterway in a whole new light. Artist Leo Villareal – in collaboration with ...

UNESCO Adds 8 Frank Lloyd Wright Sites to World Heritage List

New York Times / July 16th, 2019

Eight major buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, the lauded list of international sites deemed worthy of conservation. The designation brings increased recognition and can boost tourism, among other benefits. From NYT:  The designation ...

I.M. Pei, Renowned Architect of Louvre Pyramid, Remembered

NPR / May 16th, 2019

Modernist architect I.M. Pei, known for iconic structures from the Louvre Pyramid to Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has died in New York. He was 102. Pei was born in China in 1917. He went on to study at University of Pennsylvania, MIT, and Harvard's Graudate School of Design. ...

New Renderings Released for the $650 Million LACMA Building

Urbanize LA / April 30th, 2019

New renderings were published for LACMA's controversial building plan, reported Urbanize LA. The $650-million project replaces the museum's two oldest buildings with a street-straddling structure designed by architect Peter Zumthor.  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors green-lighted ...

Experts Urge French President to 'Take the Time' on Notre-Dame Restoration

Le Figaro / April 30th, 2019

After the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that the iconic landmark would be rebuilt by 2024, in time for the Summer Olympics in Paris. Even with over a billion dollars already pledged for rebuilding, many experts have chimed in ...

Dutch Company Proposes to Rebuild Notre Dame Using 3D Printing

Dezeen / April 28th, 2019

A firm in the Netherlands that specializes in 3D printing has a plan to rebuild parts of Notre Dame that were consumed by fire on April 15. Rotterdam-based Concr3de specializes in using 3D printing technology and proposes to recreate the destroyed areas of the over 850-year-old French ...

Salvador Dalí Museum Plans a $38 Million Expansion With More Augmented Reality Exhibits

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2019

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, has announced plans for a major $38 million expansion. Around $30 million of that estimated cost would go to constuction of a new wing with 20,000 square feet for community spaces and digital exhibits. One expense will be 'Digital Dalí,' an ...

L.A. County Supervisors Approve Funds for the $650 Million New LACMA Building

LAist / April 9th, 2019

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to provide $117.5 million in county funding to move forward LACMA's new building plan. The total cost estimate for the project is $650 million, to be largely culled from private donations. Art-loving actors Brad Pitt and ...

Silicon Valley Plans to Erect a Monument to Itself

The Atlantic / March 11th, 2019

Silicon Valley has a new initiative underway for a landmark that speaks to the tech hub's influence.  Mounting "techlash" over the role Facebook and other companies have in undermining public life are behind this need for Silicon Valley to "cement its legacy in the built environment," ...

The U.S. Formally Withdraws From Unesco, the U.N. Agency That Aims to Build Peace Through Cultural Understanding

New York Times / January 23rd, 2019

This month, the United States officially left Unesco, the United Nations' cultural and scientific organization. The U.S. was a founding member of Unesco, which was established following the horrors of the World War II era. While the U.S. withdrawal is newly in effect, the Trump administration ...