New Contemporary Art Museum to Debut in Florence

  • Firenze
  • March 18, 2018 19:53
Giorgio Morandi Natura morta, 1958 oil on canvas, 11 3/4 × 13 3/4 in Paesaggio, 1942 oil on canvas, 19 5/8 × 17 3/4 in © Giorgio Morandi, by SIAE 2018

Art collector Roberto Casamonti, founder of the Tornabuoni Art gallery, will open a contemporary art museum in Florence, Italy, on March 24. Housed in the Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, a Renaissance building overlooking Santa Trinita square, the art collection will bring 20th century to ...

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LA's MOCA Fires Chief Curator Helen Molesworth

  • Los Angeles Times
  • March 14, 2018 12:08
Helen Molesworth

The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA) has ousted its chief curator, Helen Molesworth, first reported the LA Times. An email sent Monday to MOCA trustees from Director Philippe Vergne, and obtained by the Times, implied that Molesworth resigned. But from an email with artist ...

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Digital Art Jumps on the Blockchain Bandwagon

  • fivethirtyeight
  • March 08, 2018 21:39
Pepes were featured in the first ever rare digital art auction.  The frog meme has been linked to the alt-right.

From fivethirtyeight: "A small triumvirate of artists, technologists and financiers are using the blockchain to render art rare and then selling it. In the process, they’ve figured out a way to make digital art valuable... Technology like the blockchain, they say, democratizes art by creating ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, Feb. 26 Week

  • February 25, 2018 22:48
The 24th edition of The Armory Show will open on Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan with a VIP Preview Day on Wednesday, March 7; the fair will be open to the public March 8–11.  Featuring 198 galleries from 31 countries, The Armory Show presents artworks that range from historical masterpieces to the latest contemporary projects by established and emerging artists.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed for maintenance from Feb. 26 to March 2. Subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on March 5. Coming up: Armory Week in New York. This year, the fair dates have shifted, causing a spread over two weeks for the suite of popular art fairs. The Armory Show will now ...

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NEA Grants $26M to Arts Projects Nationwide

  • February 14, 2018 20:39
Georgia O'Keeffe, Black Lava Bridge, Hana Coast No.  1, 1939.  From the upcoming exhibition, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii" at New York Botanical Garden.

On the heels of an announcement that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded 1,134 grants totaling $26.68 million to organizations and individuals in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico so far in FY 2018 -- came some bad news. President Trump’s FY 2019 budget ...

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Robert Indiana's Sculptural 'LOVE' Returns to Philadelphia, Descends on Hong Kong

  • February 13, 2018 13:25
Robert Indiana, LOVE (1966/2002) at Asia Society Hong Kong Centre.

In time for Valentine's Day, Robert Indiana's iconic 'LOVE' sculpture returned to the City of Brotherly Love. The piece was paraded on a flatbed truck around Philadelphia on Tuesday before its reinstallation at John F. Kennedy Plaza, known as LOVE Park, which is undergoing a rehabilitation ...

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'Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth' Retrospective to Open at The Broad

  • February 07, 2018 20:36
Jasper Johns, Flag, 1958.  Encaustic on canvas.  104.4 x 153.7 cm.  Private collection © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2017.  Photo: Jamie Stukenberg © The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, 2017.

“One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.” Jasper Johns, 2006. Jasper Johns, 87, is considered among the foremost living artists, and his six-decades of work has placed him in the pantheon of American artists since his first ...

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Iran Sentences American Art Dealer, Spouse to Lengthy Prison Terms

  • Washington Post
  • January 31, 2018 12:33
Undated photo of Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari and his Iranian wife, Afarin Neyssari.  Vafadari was sentenced to 27 years in prison, while Neyssar, who has permanent residency in the U.S., received a 16-year sentence, the Center for Human Rights in Iran said Wednesday, Jan.  31, 2018.

Iran has sentenced Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari and his wife, Afarin Neyssari, to prison, according to a New York-based rights group on Wednesday. They were arrested in July 2016. The couple, who are Zoroastrians, were allegedly targeted for their faith and their ties to Western ...

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Saudi Arabia Plans Mega-Sized Arts Center

  • January 30, 2018 17:27
Magnetism, Ahmed Mater, 2011, an installation of magnet and iron filings.

Artist Ahmed Mater is spearheading a new arts intiative backed by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud. The goal is to make Saudi Arabia an arts hub, with a center to promote contemporary art making and viewing, reports Bloomberg.  On Monday, Mater announced ...

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National Gallery of Art Postpones Chuck Close Exhibition Over Misconduct Allegations, Debate Ensues

  • New York Times
  • January 29, 2018 20:36
Chuck Close self-portrait, 86th St.  Station, NYC

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has postponed an upcoming exhibition of works by artist Chuck Close after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged.  Close told the New York Times that the allegations are "lies." He says, "I've done nothing wrong and I'm being crucified." In a ...

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White House Loan Request for Van Gogh Countered with Gold Toilet Offer

  • Independent
  • January 25, 2018 18:15
Maurizio Cattelan, America.

The White House reportedly requested a loan of a Vincent van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Since Van Gogh’s 1888 Landscape With Snow could not be loaned, the museum responded that it could instead offer an 18 karat gold sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan, first reported the ...

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Cutting-Edge U.S. Embassy in London Opens Chock-Full of Art This Week

  • January 14, 2018 23:09
View southwest at the new U.S.  Embassy London in Nine Elms, across park.  Photographer: Richard Bryant/

The 1960s building that housed the U.S. embassy in London needed costly renovations and posed security risks in busy Mayfair, prompting a decision in 2007 to purchase a new site. Opening to the public on January 16, the new U.S. embassy resides in South London's Nine Elms area, below the Thames, ...

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Giant Balloon Adrift from Art Installation Causes Chaos in London

  • Time Out
  • January 05, 2018 14:56

A giant inflatable balloon that went up in Oxford Circus to promote the Lumiere London art festival brought a bit of unexpected publicity for the event. When high winds picked up, the art installation came loose and tossled over the busy shopping district, during rush hour, causing havoc for ...

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The Most Popular Art News Stories on ARTFIXdaily in 2017

  • December 30, 2017 15:17
"Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities," a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.  Sandro Botticelli and workshop, Venus (detail), about 1484–90.  Oil on canvas, transferred from panel.  Galleria Sabauda, Turin.  lnv.  172.

Top art news stories in 2017 included: Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi Sold for a Mind-Boggling Record Art Price of $450.3 Million The Jesus portrait will head to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but it's still unclear whether the Saudi crown prince bought it as a gift for the museum, or if it's a loan, or if ...

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Lubaina Himid is First Non-White Woman, and the Oldest Person, to Win Turner Prize

  • Guardian
  • December 05, 2017 20:31
Lubaina Himid, 2017.  Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens Photo: Edmund Blok for Modern Art Oxford

Britain's prestigious Turner Prize, awarded in contemporary art, has named its 2017 recipient--an artist who has worked for decades. The winner is Tanzania-born and Lancashire-based Lubaina Himid, age 63, and her challenging pieces, such as crockery painted with scenes of slavery from Britain’s ...

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From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

  • December 04, 2017 14:53
David Driskell, "Ghetto Wall #2," 1970.  Oil, acrylic, and collage on linen, 60.0 × 50.0 (in).  DC Moore Gallery, at Art Basel Miami Beach, Survey, S6.

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in Miami with The ...

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The Most Instagrammed Museums in the World

  • December 03, 2017 16:17
"Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" broke attendance records at the Hirshhorn.

Data from Instagram has ranked the most popular museums in the world on the image sharing platform.  Chart-topping in attendance at 7.4 million annual visitors is the Mona Lisa's home --- the Louvre --- which unsurprisingly ranks highest on the World's Most Instagrammed Museums list. Big ...

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$1.6 Billion Auction Week Underway with a Leading Leonardo

  • New York Times
  • November 14, 2017 22:14
Vincent van Gogh's Laboruer dans un champ (1889)

New York's auction gigaweek has begun with several marquee lots in this anticipated annual series. Much talked about so far have been the auctions lots that were not offered, and the superstar---a Jesus Christ painting by Leonardo da Vinci---in the Wednesday evening sale at Christie's. Sales of ...

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Alec Baldwin Settles with Art Dealer Over Painting

  • New Yorker
  • November 13, 2017 20:53
The two versions of Ross Bleckner's 'Sea and Mirror.'

Actor Alec Baldwin settled last week with New York art dealer Mary Boone after a lengthy and bitter legal dispute over a painting. The feud was over a Ross Bleckner painting titled "Sea and Mirror" from 1996 that Baldwin thought he was buying from Boone for $190,000. A smell of fresh paint, a ...

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Benjamin Genocchio Removed as Armory Show Director Amid Sex Harassment Allegations

  • New York Times
  • November 09, 2017 13:09
Benjamin Genocchio

Influential art world figure and former Artnet editor Benjamin Genocchio has been ousted as executive director of the Armory Show in New York City after the New York Times reported multiple sexual harassment allegations against him.  Prior to heading the Armory Show, which is one of the world's ...

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