'Frida Mania' Hits London, Lands on Google Arts & Culture

  • June 14, 2018 12:44
Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939.  © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

This week, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum opened the much-anticipated show Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up, on view until November 4. Frida look-a-likes showed up dressed in Kahlo's signature style at the exhibition opening. On view are many objects that have never left the artist's homeland; ...

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20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

  • June 06, 2018 11:56
Charles Burchfield, Bee Hepaticus, 1962.  Collisart, Stand A32.

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

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New V&A Location Part of £1.1 Billion Transformation of East London Into Cultural Hub

  • The Times
  • June 05, 2018 22:23
Rendering for the new V&A building

A new outpost for the V&A is part of a £1.1 billion plan for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to be transformed into the “East Bank,” a cultural hub hosting branches of Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and University College London (UCL). London Mayor Sadiq Khan ...

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Louvre Returns to Top List of 20 Most Popular Museums

  • Travel + Leisure
  • May 28, 2018 22:48
Louvre

According to a ranking from the Themed Entertainment Association, the Louvre was the most visited museum in the world in 2017. After two years of falling from its top spot, attendance at the Louvre increased 9.5 percent last year. Of the world’s top 20 most popular museums, half are in Europe — ...

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The Museum of Lost Art

  • Bloomberg
  • May 02, 2018 23:04
Rogier van der Weyden’s Justice of Trajan and Herkinbald was destroyed in a fire in the late 17th century.  A 15th century tapestry that had copied part of its design is all that remains.

In a new book, The Museum of Lost Art, (May 4, Phaidon, $35) author Noah Charney spotlights the great art that the world has lost. What’s been destroyed, Carney writes in the book’s introduction, includes “more masterpieces than all of the world’s museums combined.” In 280 pages, Carney ...

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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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Louvre Closes Bottom Floor as River Seine Rises

  • Los Angeles Times
  • January 28, 2018 23:10
At the Louvre, 2016.

Floodwaters have the River Seine rising after weeks of heavy rain in France. In Paris, schools, some parks, and river boat service have been closed, and as a precaution, the lower floor of the Louvre also was shut. The peak of the floodwaters is expected on Sunday night into Monday morning, ...

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Paddle8 Merges with Swiss Tech Company

  • New York Times
  • January 23, 2018 10:39
Paddle8 advisors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss shown in a TV commerical for pistachios.  The pair famously sued Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook and are known as early advocates of Bitcoin.

Online auctioneer Paddle 8 is merging with a Swiss tech company called The Native, which specializes in e-commerce, reports the New York Times. The move comes after Paddle8's parent company, Auctionata, filed for bankruptcy last year. Paddle8 and The Native will focus on blockchain technology ...

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Most Members Quit National Park Service Advisory Panel in Protest

  • Washington Post
  • January 17, 2018 14:24
John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.  Muir wrote: "Any fool can destroy trees.  Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries ...  God has cared for these trees...but he cannot save them from fools -- only Uncle Sam can do that." - Our National Parks (1901) chapter 10.

This week, 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members have resigned, leaving the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks, reports the Washington Post. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, departing board chairman ...

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Google App Finds Your Face Match in Historical Paintings

  • Independent
  • January 15, 2018 21:15

Ever wondered what your doppelgänger looked like if painted by the likes of Gainsborough, Sargent or Picasso? Google's got an app for that. A new feature of the Google Arts and Culture App will match an image of your face with a painted portrait that looks like you. The app does not work in ...

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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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ARTFIXdaily Closed from Dec. 18 to 31 - Happy Holidays!

  • December 14, 2017 20:48
The Singing Tree is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London through Jan.  6.

ARTFIXdaily will closed from Dec. 18 to 31, with e-newsletter service resuming on January 1, 2018. Thank you to our readers and ArtGuild members for contributing to an art-filled world in 2017! Happy Holidays! IMAGE SHOWN: Set designer Es Devlin is known for the kinetic illuminated stage ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed through Thursday, Dec. 14

  • December 11, 2017 23:37
A painted version of actress Saoirse Ronan as Marguerite Gachet in the film “Loving Vincent.”

ARTFIXdaily will be closed through this Thursday, Dec. 14, and e-newsletter service will return to inboxes on Friday, Dec. 15. The closure will resume Dec. 18-31. Happy Holidays!

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The Getty, Skirball Cultural Center Close Under Wildfire Threat

  • LA Times
  • December 06, 2017 14:17
View of Skirball Fire near the Getty Center.  via Twitter, Melissa Castro‏ @Healthgap_mila

The Getty Center closed to protect its art collections on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as several fast-moving wildfires raged in Southern California.  Erupting after destructive fires to the north have forced mass evacuations, the Skirball Fire shut down the I-405 early Wednesday morning. ...

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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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5 Ways the Proposed Tax Bill Affects the U.S. Art World

  • November 29, 2017 22:52

The proposed tax overhaul could have big consequences on the U.S. art market and museums. With details in flux even after the Senate votes, the tax plan is being pushed quickly in order to take effect on January 1, 2018. Experts say it heavily favors the richest 1 percent of Americans and ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Thanksgiving Week

  • November 19, 2017 22:18
"Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry," on view October 22, 2017 – January 21, 2018, at the National Gallery, DC.  Shown: Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance, c.  1664, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed the week of November 20 for the Thanksgiving holiday. E-newsletter service will resume on Monday, November 27. ArtGuild members may continue to post content to the ArtWire and calendar during the closure. Happy Thanksgiving!

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$450.3 Million Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Shatters Auction Records

  • November 15, 2017 20:51
'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Saviour of the World’ by Leonardo da Vinci

The $100 million estimate was apparently pretty conservative. Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Savior of the World’ broke all records for art at auction when it soared to $450.3 million (with fees) at Christie's on Wednesday night in New York. The mind-blowing price far exceeds ...

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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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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, Nov. 6-7

  • November 05, 2017 21:55
Installation of "Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire" at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, through February 11, 2018.

ARTFIXdaily is closed for maintenance, Nov. 6-7. E-newsletter service will resume on Wednesday, Nov. 8. ArtGuild members may continue to add content to the ArtWire and Calendar during the closure.

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