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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Teddy Roosevelt Statue Defaced Outside Museum

  • New York Times
  • October 26, 2017 14:56
Base of the Roosevelt Statue, video still

Activists used red paint to deface the base of a bronze Theodore Roosevelt monument at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan early Thursday morning. "Roosevelt was an open white supremacist and imperialist who is still lionized by the museum and the city plaza ...

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45-Foot Female Sculpture Could Head to National Mall

  • New York Times
  • October 03, 2017 14:07
R-Evolution debuted at Burning Man in 2015 and the 45-foot sculpture could head to the National Mall this fall.

Organizers of an annual vigil held at DC's National Mall plan to temporarily move a 45-foot sculpture of a female nude there to face the White House as part of a November gathering of activists. The "R-Evolution" sculpture stands tall in mountain pose, a yoga posture, and was first created for ...

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British Art Dealer Convicted of Stealing Artwork from Rolling Stones Guitarist

  • Rolling Stone
  • September 14, 2017 10:33
Ronnie Wood in 1988 in Malmö at a vernissage of his art at Hotel Cramer.  The artwork by Ronnie Wood in the background was garbled because of copyright reasons.

British art dealer Jonathan Poole has been sentenced to prison for stealing artworks from his clients. Poole's clients included the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, along with the estates of Miles Davis and John Lennon. He plead guilty to 26 charges of fraud and theft made between 1986 and ...

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Antiquities Dealer Sues Wall Street Journal Over Article on ISIS Link

  • Courthouse News Service
  • July 18, 2017 12:44
Odysseus hiding under a ram to escape from the cave of Polyphemus, part of the Torlonia Collection.

An antiquities dealer has sued the Wall Street Journal over an article linking his family-run art gallery to ISIS, reports Courthouse New Service. It is the second major lawsuit instigated by the gallery this year. Hicham Aboutaam, head of the Manhattan-based Electrum, the agent for Phoenix ...

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Brancusi Fetches Record-Setting $57 Million, Nazi-Seized Picasso Makes $45 Million at Christie's

  • May 16, 2017 20:32
Constantin Brancusi, La muse endormie (1913)

New York's auction "gigaweek" is underway with Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art offered over four days. Christie's started it off with a solid sale total of $289.2 million, above the $200 million expected. Two notable works soared of the 55 lots offered; in all 78 percent of the lots ...

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Iranian Museum Exhibits Over 500 Artifacts Repatriated From the West

  • Tehran Times
  • February 09, 2017 21:27
National Museum of Iran

Some 558 historical artifacts including sculptures, earthenware, coins and jewelry, repatriated from Western museums over the last two years, went on display Monday at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Tehran Times reports: "Last November, 30 historical artifacts which had been smuggled ...

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Jeff Koons Gives Giant Bouquet Sculpture to Paris in Honor of Terror Victims

  • France 24
  • November 22, 2016 14:56
Jeff Koons gifts a "Bouquet of Flowers" to Paris.

Artist Jeff Koons announced Monday that he will give a monumental sculpture to France in honor of 130 victims lost in November 2015's jihadist attacks on Paris. The 34-foot bronze, stainless steel and aluminum "Bouquet of Flowers" will depict a bunch of tulips in a hand resembling the Statue of ...

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New, Larger Museum Planned at Statue of Liberty

  • October 06, 2016 12:27
Artist rendering for the design of the new Statue of Liberty Museum.

A new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum within the Statue of Liberty National Monument on New York's Liberty Island was unveiled Thursday. The larger building will replace a small exhibition space inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Architect Nicholas Garrison designed the ...

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EXPO CHICAGO Expands Art Program Inside Navy Pier and Around the City

  • September 19, 2016 12:54
Vik Muniz's George Stinney Jr.  (2016).  Courtesy of Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, has an expanded program of artists this year selected for IN/SITU, EXPO Projects, IN/SITU Outside and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project. IN/SITU, curated by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi, features ...

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Heatherwick's The Vessel to Rise Up in New York's Hudson Yards

  • September 14, 2016 23:07
The Vessel, rendering

It boasts 154 interconnecting stairways, 2,400 steps, and 80 landings comprising a mile's worth of walkways. And all of it will lead to nowhere on the Far West Side of Manhattan. New York Times reports that The Vessel is the much-debated, $150-million public landmark set to center the main square ...

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Christie's Auction in London Brings a Soft Total on Eve of Brexit Vote

  • Bloomberg
  • June 22, 2016 20:27
Madame Hanka Zborowska (1917) by Amedeo Modigliani was the sale's top lot at 8.3 million pounds.

On the eve of the referendum that decides whether the U.K. stays in the European Union, Christie's had its smallest tally for a major evening sale of Impressionist and modern art in more than a decade. The sale total came to 25.6 million pounds ($37.8 million), well below its presale estimate ...

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Leon Black Gets Disputed Picasso Bust

  • Bloomberg
  • June 15, 2016 19:50
Bust of a Woman (Marie-Thérèse) by Picasso, 1931.

A 1931 plaster “Bust of a Woman” will go to billionaire Leon Black after lengthy litigation in New York was resolved. The new ownership was announced Wednesday although the case was settled last month. Black was challenged by Qatar's royal family for the sculpture which depicts Picasso's lover ...

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Tour the Art Studios Where Whitney Museum Began

  • New York Times
  • May 17, 2016 12:25
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in her studio, ca.  1920

A $30,000 grant from the National Trust of Historic Preservation will in part support public tours of the New York City art studios where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942) began her vision of an American art museum. Whitney's series of studios along West 8th Street in Greenwich Village ...

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$7.25 Million Settlement for Near-Fatal Fall at Rodin Museum

  • Philly.com
  • May 10, 2016 15:28
Rodin Museum Surveillance / Image courtesy of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky

Philly.com reports: An engineer who nearly died after falling 38 feet through a glass ceiling of the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia more than three years ago has reached a settlement with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the museum's security company for $7.25 million, attorneys said ...

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Sotheby's Reports Quarterly Loss, Possible Investor, and a Record Rodin

  • May 09, 2016 22:21
Auguste Rodin, L'Éternel Printemps, 1901–1903.  Sold for $20,410,000.

Gigaweek at the New York auctions began with news from Sotheby's of a quarterly loss, followed by a boost from an announcement of investor interest and mixed results for its Monday sale. A wider-than-expected first-quarter net loss of $25.9 million in the quarter on revenues of $106.5 million ...

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MoMA Offers Voluntary Buyouts to Staffers

  • New York Times
  • May 03, 2016 13:01
Museum of Modern Art, courtyard

Following the Met's announcement recently of possible layoffs to balance a $10 million deficit, the Museum of Modern Art says it will offer buyout packages to senior staff. Those with over nine years at the museum, age 55 and over, will be eligible. “The museum is in a transitional stage in ...

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This Week's New York Art Fairs in a Nutshell

  • New York Times
  • March 01, 2016 16:19
At Art on Paper, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Booth 213, shows Sarah Bridgland, The Pier, 2012, Paper, card, balsa wood, household paint, string, pencil, 5 1/2 x 3 x 3 3/4 inches.

The New York Times delivers a succinct guide to this week's several art fairs --- featuring modern masters to emerging artists --  in New York. Art critic Ken Johnson notes these fairs "provide the chance to take the temperature of global culture." Visit the show's websites to chart your ...

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Heirs of Famed Designer Viktor Schreckengost Scrap Museum Plans In Favor of Auction, Donations

  • Cleveland.com
  • February 29, 2016 15:06
Viktor Schreckengost's 1931 "Jeddu" sculpture, which will be offered for sale May 13 at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

The heirs of industrial designer, artist, and sculptor Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008) have dropped the idea of creating a new museum to house his legacy in Cleveland and have decided instead to auction key pieces and to donate others to the Western Reserve Historical Society. ...

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As Trial Looms Over Courbet Nude, Facebook Censors Copenhagen's Mermaid, Philadelphia's Pop Art

  • San Jose Mercury News
  • February 15, 2016 00:23
Evelyne Axell, Ice Cream, (1964).  Collection of Serge Goisse, Belgium © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

An appeals court in France has ruled that a lawsuit brought against Facebook by a Parisian teacher can move forward. The ruling comes after recent uproar over Facebook's censorship of art images, including an iconic statue and a Pop Art piece on view at major museums. Facebook suspended the ...

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