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Virtually Browse (and Support) the 20 Museums Closed by the Government Shutdown

ArtfixDaily / January 15th, 2019

With the 19 federally-funded Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art in DC closed due to the continuing federal government shutdown, people can still view collections and support these vital American institutions--online. The Smithsonian website has an array of thematic exhibitions ...

Facing A 'Dystopian Prospect,' Tania Bruguera Among Cuban Artists Detained in Crackdown

Reuters / December 5th, 2018

High-profile performance artist Tania Bruguera and several other Cuban artists were detained in Havana on Monday after trying to stage a protest against a new decree that they fear will hamper creativity and increase censorship of Cuban culture, reports Reuters. Before disappearing, the artists ...

Brazil's Oldest Museum Consumed by Fire

The Guardian / September 3rd, 2018

A massive fire ripped through Brazil's oldest museum on Sunday night, possibly destroying some 20 million artifacts. The 200-year-old Museu Nacional (National Museum) housed natural history collections including fossils and indigenous artifacts found in Brazil as well as antiquities from Egypt ...

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

ArtfixDaily / June 7th, 2018

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; ...

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

ArtfixDaily / June 6th, 2018

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 ...

Diego Rivera, American Art Hits Record Prices in $106 Million Rockefeller Sale

ArtfixDaily / May 9th, 2018

Bidders went bonkers for The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller on the second night of the sales series at Christie's in New York City's Rockefeller Center. The first two days of Rockefeller sales have totaled over $765 million, with more to go this week and jewelry in June. ...

Pacific Standard Time Boosted SoCal Economy by Over $430 Million

ArtfixDaily / May 1st, 2018

The Getty-funded, regional arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA contributed around $430.3 million to the Southern California economy between September 2017 and January 2018, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). From the report's ...

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

ArtfixDaily / December 4th, 2017

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 ...

LACMA Curator Receives Mysterious Letter from a Missing Painting

Hyperallergic / October 25th, 2017

A mysterious letter penned in a first-person style, as if a painting is speaking, was sent to a curator at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), reported the Los Angeles Times. The painting at the center of the letter is “Española” (Spanish girl), the final, missing work in a set of ...

Gallerist Gary Nader to Sell $100 Million of His Art to Fund Museum

Miami New Times / October 12th, 2017

Art dealer Gary Nader plans to sell about $100 million worth of works from his collection to fund the building of a new museum in downtown Miami. Several blue-chip works---by the likes of Picasso and Botero---from Nader's personal collection are set to be sold during Art Basel Miami Beach in ...

Court Rules Miami-Dade College to Pay Art Dealer's Legal Fees Over Disputed Museum Bid

Miami Herald / October 26th, 2016

Miami Herald reports that "Miami-Dade College must pay art dealer Gary Nader’s legal fees in litigation related to his frustrated bid to build a cultural center at the school’s downtown campus, a state appeals court has ruled." An unsolicited bid for a Latin American art museum topped with ...

Diego Rivera Painting Sells Privately for Record Price

CNBC / May 22nd, 2016

A Diego Rivera painting has sold privately for $15.7 million, setting a world record price for any Latin American work of art, Phillips auction house said Friday. The price for "Dance in Tehuantepec" nearly doubles the figure paid at auction last week for a painting by Frida Kahlo, Rivera's ...

Kahlo Painting Sets Record at Christie's $141 Million Sale

ArtfixDaily / May 12th, 2016

An intimate and compelling work by Frida Kahlo, dating from 1939, resonated with a telephone bidder at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on May 12. The sale's total slid to $141,532,000 with sell-through rates of 86% by lot and 89% by value. The total beat its $134.3 ...

Ecuador Repatriates 567 Cultural Objects From Argentina and Spain

culturaypatrimonio / February 8th, 2016

Some 567 cultural objects have been returned to Ecuador by Argentina and Spain, according to minister of culture and heritage in Ecuador, Guillaume Long. Long announced on Feb. 3 that the objects were formally handed over in Quito, in a ceremony with Argentina’s ambassador to ...

Frida Kahlo Exhibition at New York Botanical Garden Set to Draw Record Half-Million Visitors

ArtfixDaily / September 30th, 2015

New York Botanical Garden has struck a chord with audiences who have flocked for five months to see the current exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life." Beyond an art exhibition, this is an immersive experience in the artist's life and culture, combining garden ...

Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World

Amazon / December 22nd, 2014

A rich tradition of painting in the New World revolved around depicting the Virgin Mary in various phases of her life, utilizing styles unique to the Southwest and other locales in the Americas.

Mexican Government Claims US Auction House Sold Fake and Stolen Items

NPR / November 13th, 2014

Nearly half of 100 pre-Hispanic artifacts sold at a New York auction on Wednesday were fake or stolen, claim Mexican government officials.

Houston Couple Donates $10 Million Latin American Art Collection to Blanton Museum

Houston Chronicle / August 27th, 2014

A gift of 120 modern and contemporary Latin American artworks from Houston residents Charles and Judy Tate has significantly boosted the holdings of Blanton Museum of Art.

Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

Detroit Institute of Art to Showcase Rivera, Kahlo Works

ArtfixDaily / May 5th, 2014

Detroit Institute of Arts is planning an exhibition of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo for 2015. The show will focus on...