Artist Marina Abramovic Hit With a Painting in Italy Attack

  • Daily Beast
  • September 24, 2018 12:02

Performance artist Marina Abramovic was attacked at Italy's Palazzo Strozzi by a man wielding a framed painting. The artist was reportedly uninjured in the incident in which the man allegedly smashed his own artwork over her head in the Florence museum. Police are investigating. Abramovic told ...

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Japanese Billionaire Art Collector Will Invite Artists With Him to the Moon on Elon Musk's Rocket

  • New York Times
  • September 18, 2018 12:02
Screenshot of Yusaku Maezawa’s “Dear Moon” website.

In a press conference on Monday, the identity of the first lunar tourist was unveiled as Japanese fashion billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Known in the U.S. as the art collector who bought Jean-Michel Basquiat's record-breaking $110.5 million painting in 2017, Maezawa is planning to make his space ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Art Auction Raises $11 Million for Environmental Causes

  • Sonoma Magazine
  • September 16, 2018 23:23
Leonardo DiCaprio in 2014

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's annual art benefit auction was held Sept. 15 in Sonoma County, Calif. with a roster of A-list celebrities attending. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) in partnership with Jackson Family Wines, sold 17 lots of experiences, collectibles and artworks by artists Ai ...

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Master of Color and Composition, Abstract Artist Sean Scully Spotlighted in Major Exhibitions

  • September 11, 2018 17:54
Sean Scully’s acclaimed Landline series makes its U.S.  debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this fall.  Sean Scully, Landline Bend Triptych, 2017.  Oil on aluminum.  Three panels, each 85 × 75 in.  (215.9 × 190.5 cm).  Private collection.

‘I have spent my life making the melancholic into something irresistible. Because the world has changed around me and become more regretful, my paintings have become more true.’- Sean Scully Irish-born artist Sean Scully (b. 1945) is in the limelight this year with 15 international exhibitions, ...

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Glenstone Museum Foundation Sued by Contractor for $24 Million

  • New York Times
  • September 09, 2018 17:53
Glenstone

The Glenstone Foundation in Potomac, Maryland, a museum that houses a top-tier post-war and contemporary art collection, has been sued for $24 million in damages by its contractor just weeks before its expansion debuts. HITT Contracting filed the lawsuit over the building project, alleging that ...

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Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers Found After Museum Theft 13 Years Ago

  • Star Tribune
  • September 04, 2018 13:41

The FBI announced Tuesday that they have found the stolen red sequined slippers worn nearly 80 years ago by actress Judy Garland as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Pilfered from a museum in the actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minn., the shoes have been missing for 13 years. On loan from ...

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Delays Display of Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

  • BBC
  • September 04, 2018 13:41
Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, c.1500, oil on walnut, 45.4 × 65.6 cm

In a surprise announcement, Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism says the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi"---the world's most expensive painting---will be indefinitely delayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The painting was sold for a record $450.3 million at a Christie's ...

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Brazil's Oldest Museum Consumed by Fire

  • The Guardian
  • September 03, 2018 13:39
Screenshot from YouTube of the fire at Brazil's National Museum on Sept.  2, 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 ...

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Disneyland Memorabilia Collection Fetches $8.3 Million at California Auction

  • Mercury News
  • August 30, 2018 13:56
A Dumbo ride sold for $483,000.

Disneyland collectibles that a man had amassed since 1993 sold for $8.3 million at a Sherman Oaks, Calif., auction last weekend. The consignor, Hollywood agent Richard Kraft, offered up his 900-piece Disney collection, in part to help fund charities that benefit children with special needs, ...

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Is Another 'New' Rembrandt About to be Revealed?

  • Dutch News
  • August 28, 2018 12:26
SELF-PORTRAIT, REMBRANDT VAN RIJN, CA.  1628.  Collection Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In November, an exhibition of early works by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is scheduled to go on view in the artist's hometown of Leiden. A previously unknown work by Rembrandt will debut in the exhibition, says a Dutch curator. Christiaan Vogelaar, curator of old master paintings at the ...

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Italy Attempts to Foil The Frick's 'Most Important Painting Purchase' in Decades

  • August 26, 2018 22:42
François Gérard, Portrait of Prince Camillo Borghese (circa 1810).

In December, New York's Frick Collection revealed that it had made its most important painting purchase since 1991. Now, the Italian government says it didn't realize that the painting's subject was a prince, and officials want to keep the painting in the country. The Frick had announced its ...

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Museum Featuring Westervelt CEO Jack Warner's Collection Will Close, and More Art Sold

  • August 23, 2018 15:07
“Dawn Before Gettysburg” by Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art in Alabama, housing the renowned collection of 17th-20th century American and Asian fine art, furniture and decorative arts formed by the late Westervelt Company CEO Jack Warner, will close on Aug. 31. In a statement the museum noted: "While The Westervelt Company ...

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SpaceX to Blast Artist Trevor Paglen's Shiny Sculpture Into Orbit

  • August 23, 2018 15:07
Trevor Paglen with a prototype of Orbital Reflector

Starry, starry night gets more bling... A fourteen-foot diameter Mylar balloon hanging in the Nevada Museum of Art is but a tiny model for a project by artist Trevor Paglen that is scheduled to be blasted into space this fall. In partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art and in collaboration ...

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AI-Generated Artwork Heads to Christie's in a First-Ever Sale

  • Christie's
  • August 21, 2018 13:25
Portrait of Edmond Belamy, 2018, created by GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), which will be offered at Christie’s in October.  Image © Obvious

A portrait created by artifical intelligence will the hit auction block this fall. An artist collective's algorithm has made an abstracted 18th/19th century-looking man, Portrait of Edmond Belamy, which will test the waters for AI art in the Prints & Multiples sale at Christie’s in New ...

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Museum Visitor Falls Into Anish Kapoor's 8-Foot 'Descent Into Limbo'

  • Gizmodo
  • August 20, 2018 18:54
Anish Kapoor's ‘Descent into Limbo (1992)’

A museum visitor descended 8 feet into Anish Kapoor's Descent Into Limbo installation in Portugal last week. The injured Italian museum-goer possibly did not see the warning signs around the installation, which was not roped off at the exhibit in Serralves Museum in Porto. Painted ...

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Ai Weiwei's New Work 'Life Cycle' Debuts in L.A. This Fall

  • August 19, 2018 22:57
Ai Weiwei's Life Cycle (2018) will be on view at the non-profit Marciano Art Foundation in LA.

Marciano Art Foundation will present a solo exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, on view from September 28, 2018 — March 3, 2019, at the Los Angeles non-profit. This exhibition is Ai’s first major institutional exhibition in Los Angeles and will feature the new and unseen work Life ...

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GQ Investigates the Rise in Chinese Art Thefts Worldwide

  • GQ
  • August 19, 2018 20:53
An 18th century lacquer box that was stolen from the Chinese Pavilion of the Swedish Royal Palace Drottningholm in 2010

GQ sent writer Alex W. Palmer to investigate the sharp increase in Chinese art heists at museums worldwide. In 2010, there was a brazen break-in at the Swedish royal residence, with the state collection at the Chinese Pavilion raided of antiquities on the grounds of Drottningholm Palace. Not ...

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Kate Ballis's 'Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism' Depicts California in a Whole New Light

  • Forbes
  • August 16, 2018 13:10
Kate Ballis, 'Sheats Goldstein', 2017.  Archival pigment print

Felicity Carter writes in Forbes: At first sight, the work of Kate Ballis may not look like they're photographs, but they are. And her latest exhibition entitled, Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism now showing at Los Angeles gallery, Garis & Hahn conjures up so many references. Inspired ...

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Artworks Rediscovered in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's Vault in 2019 Exhibition

  • The Art Newspaper
  • August 15, 2018 22:22
Andy Warhol's Mao Zedong series of portraits in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art vault.

A trove of artworks hidden away in Iran's Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will finally be on display next year. A planned exhibition of the long unseen works was scrapped for Berlin last year, and selections are now scheduled to show in Tehran. Modern American and European masterworks, and ...

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Appeals Court to Hear Suit Against Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • August 14, 2018 21:56
THOMAS WILMER DEWING, The White Dress.  Oil on canvas.

While some $47 million in art may have already been sold, an appeals case against the Berkshire Museum's offloading of its collections will go forward in Sept., reports the Berkshire Eagle. Detractors say the museum breached a contract with museum members and betrayed the public trust by ...

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