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Estate of 'LOVE' Artist Robert Indiana Files Motion to Stop Reproductions

Central Maine / May 11th, 2019

The estate of Robert Indiana, known for his 'LOVE' and 'HOPE' images, is trying to halt reproductions of his work on the grounds that licensing agreements for those works ended when he died almost a year ago. Indiana, at 89, died almost a year ago on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. Since ...

Fake German Heiress Behind Art Scam Gets 4 to 12 Years in Prison

Buzzfeed / May 9th, 2019

In Manhattan state court on Thursday, self-styled socialite Anna Sorokin, a.k.a. Anna Delvey, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for second-degree grand larceny and theft of services. "This defendant’s alleged criminal conduct spans from check fraud to six-figure stolen loans," ...

Museums' Tango With Money and Ethics Is Under Pressure

New York Times / May 9th, 2019

Museums have faced increased scrutiny over the origins of their funding in recent years, both sparking protests and demands for severed ties with certain sources of money.  Just last week, Britain's highest contemporary art honor, The Turner Prize, nixed a sponsorship deal with a company ...

A Painted-Over Cupid Will Reappear in a Beloved Vermeer Work

The Times / May 8th, 2019

One of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous paintings had a whimsical element long-ago painted over, and not by the Dutch master himself. Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window originally included a naked cupid hovering above the female subject. Detected by X-ray four decades ago, the cupid ...

Rediscovered Hokusai Work Displayed in Tokyo Exhibition While His 'Great Wave' Hits Chicago - and Banknotes

SF Gate / May 5th, 2019

Among Japan's most well-known artists, Edo-period ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) --- who created the iconic "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," which will feature on a Japanese banknote for the first time starting in 2024  --- is the subject of a new exhibition that ...

Innovative Artist Ruth Asawa Noted With a Google Doodle

ArtfixDaily / May 1st, 2019

Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was highlighted with a Google Doodle (in some countries) on Wednesday as May kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The Google feature would have exposed Asawa's work to millions of people. The doodle above the Google search bar depicts ...

New Renderings Released for the $650 Million LACMA Building

Urbanize LA / April 30th, 2019

New renderings were published for LACMA's controversial building plan, reported Urbanize LA. The $650-million project replaces the museum's two oldest buildings with a street-straddling structure designed by architect Peter Zumthor.  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors green-lighted ...

Experts Urge French President to 'Take the Time' on Notre-Dame Restoration

Le Figaro / April 30th, 2019

After the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that the iconic landmark would be rebuilt by 2024, in time for the Summer Olympics in Paris. Even with over a billion dollars already pledged for rebuilding, many experts have chimed in ...

The Clark Demands German Far-Right Party Stops Using Its Art in Posters

CBS / April 30th, 2019

A 19th-century artwork that resides in a U.S. museum collection has been used in political posters by a German far-right political party, and the museum is not having it. "Slave Market," an 1866 canvas by Jean-Leon Gerome, depicts a black slave trader showing a young, naked, lighter-skinned ...

An Important Book of Botanical Drawings Is Rediscovered in New York After Nearly 200 Years

National Geographic / April 29th, 2019

A book of exquisitely-rendered scientific drawings depicting Cuban botany was thought to be "lost" until one intrepid researcher rediscovered it in a New York library. Specimens of the Plants & Fruits of the Island of Cuba by Mrs. A.K. Wollstonecraft was tucked away in Cornell University's ...

Dutch Company Proposes to Rebuild Notre Dame Using 3D Printing

Dezeen / April 28th, 2019

A firm in the Netherlands that specializes in 3D printing has a plan to rebuild parts of Notre Dame that were consumed by fire on April 15. Rotterdam-based Concr3de specializes in using 3D printing technology and proposes to recreate the destroyed areas of the over 850-year-old French ...

Stolen Paul Signac Painting Discovered in Ukraine

Daily Beast / April 25th, 2019

An Impressionist painting stolen from a museum in France was found in the Ukraine home of a man being investigated for murder. Valued at $1.7 million, Paul Signac's 1915 work, titled Port de La Rochelle, was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France, last year. The work was ...

Art Detective Pushes the IRA Theory in Gardner Art Heist

Boston Herald / April 22nd, 2019

Dutch art detective Arthur Brand told the Boston Herald that he's been in touch with the IRA, following up on one theory that 13 priceless paintings stolen in the world's biggest art heist have been hidden in Ireland for 3 decades.  The March 1990 crime left the world without the ...

The Extraordinary 'Journeys' of Artist-Explorer Tony Foster Remind Us That Every Day is Earth Day

ArtfixDaily / April 21st, 2019

“It was about the human need to revere certain natural places in the world.”— Tony Foster says of his art. British artist-explorer Tony Foster (b. 1946) might seem like a relic of the past with his 19th-century style of highly-detailed watercolor landscapes. Yet Foster's work has special ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed April 14 to 19

ArtfixDaily / April 14th, 2019

ARTFIXdaily is closed April 14 to 19 during a redesign of some features. Subscribers can look for the next e-newsletter on April 22. A buzzworthy exhibition on view now: Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling National Museum of the Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, through July 28, ...

Salvador Dalí Museum Plans a $38 Million Expansion With More Augmented Reality Exhibits

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2019

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, has announced plans for a major $38 million expansion. Around $30 million of that estimated cost would go to constuction of a new wing with 20,000 square feet for community spaces and digital exhibits. One expense will be 'Digital Dalí,' an ...

L.A. County Supervisors Approve Funds for the $650 Million New LACMA Building

LAist / April 9th, 2019

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to provide $117.5 million in county funding to move forward LACMA's new building plan. The total cost estimate for the project is $650 million, to be largely culled from private donations. Art-loving actors Brad Pitt and ...

Cottingley Fairies Photos from An Early 20th Century Viral Hoax Hit the Auction Block

Guardian / April 3rd, 2019

"Photographs of what is considered to be one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century are expected to fetch nearly £70,000 when they are sold at auction," reports The Guardian. "Pictures of the Cottingley Fairies were taken in July and September 1917 by the 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her ...

Where In the World Is 'Salvator Mundi'?

New York Times / March 31st, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ painted as 'Savior of the World,' was called a rediscovered masterpiece...and now its location is unknown. This artwork's bizarre saga involves an image of Jesus getting a near-half-billion dollar world record auction price from a Saudi bidder at ...

Museums Reject Sackler Donations As New York Adds Another Lawsuit Naming Family Members

New York Times / March 28th, 2019

The billionaire Sackler family faces a fresh lawsuit from the state of New York over the role of some of its members in the opioid crisis. As owners of Purdue Pharma, makers of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, several Sackler family members are under scrutiny for aggressively marketing a ...