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Louvre Closes Due to Staff Strike Over 'Untenable' Situation; Plus, No 'Salvator Mundi' Appearance Ahead

NPR / May 28th, 2019

On Monday, the Louvre shut its doors after security and reception staff went on strike, protesting "unprecedented deterioration of conditions." In recent years, attendance numbers at the Paris museum have swelled. "The Louvre is suffocating," the Sud Culture Solidaires Union said in a ...

U.S. Adds Chinese Art and Antiques to Proposed 25 Percent Tariff List

Gazette / May 23rd, 2019

As the Trump administration escalates its trade war with China, Chinese art and antiques could be subjected to a 25% import tax along with $200-billion worth of Chinese-made goods in a new 194-page tariff list. Last August, arts industry representatives in Washington successfully removed ...

New Statue of Liberty Museum Opens

New York Times / May 21st, 2019

On Liberty Island in New York Harbor, under the gaze of the 151-ft-tall Statue of Liberty that atttacts 4.5 million visitors per year, a new museum takes on the history and variable meaning of liberty in the United States. The 26,000-sf. Statue of Liberty Museum officially opened to the public ...

A Bacon and SFMOMA's Rothko Boost Sotheby's $341.9 Million Contemporary Art Sale

ARTnews / May 19th, 2019

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction wrapped in New York with a total of $341.9 million, with a strong sell-through rate of 88.9% by lot. Of the 63 lots offered in the May 16 evening sale, more than three-quarters made their auction debut. Seven artist records were set. Francis ...

I.M. Pei, Renowned Architect of Louvre Pyramid, Remembered

NPR / May 16th, 2019

Modernist architect I.M. Pei, known for iconic structures from the Louvre Pyramid to Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has died in New York. He was 102. Pei was born in China in 1917. He went on to study at University of Pennsylvania, MIT, and Harvard's Graudate School of Design. ...

Simon de Pury Wins Legal Dispute With Friend Over Commission in 'Handshake' Deal for Gauguin

ArtNews / May 16th, 2019

Former Sotheby’s Europe chairman Simon de Pury has won a legal battle with his childhood friend over the sale of one of the world’s most expensive paintings to the emir of Qatar, reports The National. Britain’s highest court ruled on Wednesday for de Pury, and Michaela de Pury, in a ...

Jeff Koons 'Rabbit' Fetches a Living Artist Record of $91 Million

CNN / May 15th, 2019

A stainless steel rabbit sculpture by Jeff Koons became the priciest work ever sold by a living artist at auction on Wednesday. Described as "one of the most iconic works of 20th-century art" by Christie's, the 1986 piece sold for $91,075,000, with fees. The Koons beat David Hockney's ...

Monet Haystack Brings the Impressionist's Record Price of $110.7 Million

Bloomberg / May 14th, 2019

An 1890 painting from the iconic haystack series by Claude Monet brought $110.7 million (with fees) at Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday, setting a record for the Impressionist painter. “Les Meules,” estimated to bring $55 million, went to a bidder on the floor after a near-8 minute ...

'What Are You Digging For?': Artist Mark Bradford Explains His Work on '60 Minutes'

CBS News / May 13th, 2019

His first painting sold for $5,000. Now they can sell for more than $10 million. Influential LA-based artist Mark Bradford, 57, was interviewed by Anderson Cooper for 14 minutes of the CBS News program '60 Minutes' on Sunday. Known for his powerful, and often large-scale, abstract works that ...

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 ...