Gallery Owner Arrested for Placing 11-Foot Drug Spoon Sculpture Outside Purdue Pharma

  • Hartford Courant
  • June 24, 2018 23:45
"Purdue" by Domenic Esposito

From the Hartford Courant: A Stamford, Connecticut, art gallery owner was arrested and charged with a criminal misdemeanor and a felony Friday morning after dropping an 800-pound steel sculpture of a bent, burnt heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma, a top manufacturer of opioids, and then ...

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Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

  • June 20, 2018 18:49
Grafton Tyler Brown, Cascade Cliffs, Columbia River, 1885.  Oil on canvas.  17 x 32 inches.  Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art.  Photo © John Wilson White Studio

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced this week that the Southern California institution will close its doors. On June 13, at a PMCA Board meeting, Chairman Jim Crawford recommended that the museum close after the current exhibitions ...

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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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UK's Corbyn Backs Returning Parthenon Sculptures to Greece

  • Independent
  • June 04, 2018 11:17
Parthenon Sculptures

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would return the Parthenon sculptures to Greece if elected Prime Minister, he said in an interview with Greek newspaper Ta Nea. Corbyn believes the sculptures, also called the Elgin Marbles, "belong to Greece." The international cultural agency UNESCO also weighed ...

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Christo to Float 150-Ton Barrel Sculpture on London Lake

  • April 29, 2018 22:53
Christo The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake) Drawing 2018 in two parts 15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm) Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, hand-drawn map on vellum, technical data, mylar and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2018 Christo

The latest work by artist Christo is under construction in London  – it's a carefully floating stack of 7,506 barrels. The Mastaba will be a temporary draw in Hyde Park where the piece will float on Serpentine Lake from June 18 (weather permitting) to September 23, 2018. The Guardian writes: Is ...

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First Statue of a Woman Enters London's Parliament Square

  • NPR
  • April 24, 2018 18:15
Deputy Mayor for Culture, Justine Simons, and artist Gillian Wearing stand with the statue of Millicent Fawcett.

The first statue of a woman, and the first to be created by a female artist, went up in London's Parliament Square on Tuesday. For 150 years, monuments to only male statesmen have populated the square, including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and seven others. ...

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Artwork from La Salle University Collection Hits the Auction Block

  • The Inquirer
  • April 18, 2018 13:00
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), The Temptation of St.  Anthony, painted in 1945-1946.  Oil on canvas in the artist's painted frame.  47⅞ x 35⅞ in (121.4 x 91.2 cm).  Estimate: $400,000-600,000.  This work is offered in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on 16 May at Christie’s in New York

Philadelphia's La Salle University is unloading a trove of 46 American and European artworks from its museum collections through Christie's in a series of sales beginning in New York this week. School trustees say the sale proceeds will fund initiatives from La Salle University’s five-year ...

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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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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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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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