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Resident Curator at the White House Will Leave His 'Dream Job' in June

ArtfixDaily / May 11th, 2017

White House curator William G. Allman will retire on June 1, as first reported by CNN and announced officially on Tuesday in a White House statement issued from the East Wing. The curator is among the White House resident staff positions that are considered non-political. First lady ...

Chocolate Museum Opens in New York

Conde Nast / March 8th, 2017

On the heels of the very popular pop-up Museum of Ice Cream, a chocolate museum has arrived in Lower Manhattan. This new destination in SoHo (350 Hudson St.) offers chocolate aficionados an in-depth history of cacao, and all its accoutrements, including early artifacts used for drinking. And it ...

Iranian Museum Exhibits Over 500 Artifacts Repatriated From the West

Tehran Times / February 9th, 2017

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 ...

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

Cleveland.com / February 29th, 2016

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. ...

Frank Lloyd Wright Sturges House Withdrawn From Auction, Its Contents Snapped Up

ArtfixDaily / February 23rd, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) withdrew the George D. Sturges Residence, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, from its February 21 sale of Modern Art & Design. The cantilevered redwood-and-brick residence, the only Californian example of Wright's Usonian housing, carried a ...

Art Institute of Chicago Receives Its Largest Cash Gift Ever

Chicago Tribune / January 27th, 2016

Massachusetts collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg, who died in Jan. 2015, has donated $35 million in her will to the Art Insitute of Chicago. The gift is earmarked for new art purchases and the final amount of money is yet to be determined. A supporter of the museum for 25 years, Edinburg ...

Quirky to Classic Americana Served Up at Sotheby's

Sotheby's / January 21st, 2016

Cornelius Vanderbilt's gold cigar case. A New Orleans Voodoo Clock. And "one of the greatest collections of Americana ever assembled" are what Sotheby's says are on offer this week as part of Americana Week in New York. City-wide auctions, shows, exhibitions and events kicked off on ...

Chinese Vase Soars Ten Times Above Estimate in UK Auction

itv / December 17th, 2015

A Chinese famille rose vase provoked a bidding battle at the UK auction house Hansons this week. Described as bearing a Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), the ovoid form vase had six telephone bidders pursuing it for seven minutes. An anonymous UK buyer prevailed, sending the lot with ...

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Highlights Something Old, Something New Aesthetic

ArtfixDaily / October 22nd, 2015

Rooted in Victorian times and infused with the energy of today's tech industry, San Francisco is a place where old and new, tradition and innovation, blend seamlessly. West Coast art collectors and designers just as easily mix styles and periods, and flock ...

$45M Paves Way for 'Totally Immersive' Arts Museum in Mississippi

Meridian Star / October 5th, 2015

Officials broke ground Saturday on a $45-million, 58,500 sq. foot facility devoted to Mississippi artists in film, literature, music, arts, dance, theater and visual arts to be named the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience. An opening date in November 2017, ...

First House Designed by Gaudi to Open as Museum

Art Newspaper / August 31st, 2015

Casa Vicens, the first house designed by famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, will be renovated and made into a museum. The 1888 residence, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is scheduled to open for public visiting hours in the fall of 2016, reports the Art Newspaper. Gaudi's ...

Hawaii's Iolani Palace Recovers Long-Lost Furnishings

ArtfixDaily / February 25th, 2015

Parisian-made china and Sheffield plate silverware that once graced King Kalakaua's table are among a trove of furnishings that have recently been returned to Iolani Palace, the royal residence in Hawaii. Sold off at auction in the early 1900s,  the dispersion of royal property followed ...

Picasso's Granddaughter to Sell Artist's Work

NY Times / February 5th, 2015

Marina Picasso, a granddaughter of the artist, plans to sell inherited works from her 10,000-piece collection--privately, on her own.

"Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment" to Open at Morse Museum

ArtfixDaily / October 8th, 2014

The Arts window, a neoclassical masterpiece by J. & R. Lamb Studios, makes its debut at the Morse Museum of American Art, in Winter Park, Florida, as the centerpiece of a major new exhibition.

Britain's Wedgwood Collection Saved by Speedy Fundraiser

ArtfixDaily / October 4th, 2014

More than 7,000 people donated to a month-long campaign to save the Wedgwood collection in the U.K. from being sold off.

Ai Weiwei Fills Alcatraz with 1.2 Million Legos in Major Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / September 22nd, 2014

Perhaps one of the biggest art exhibitions of the year will not be attended by the artist behind its creation. Chinese dissident artist...

Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

Artist Pleads Guilty to Smashing Ai Weiwei Vase

ArtfixDaily / August 14th, 2014

A Florida artist has pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief charge for destroying a $1-million vase that was part of ...

Chinese Collector Ruffles Feathers After Drinking from "Chicken Cup"

Examiner / July 28th, 2014

When billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian was photographed sipping tea from a $36.6 million cup, he sparked a wave of controversy.

Designer Uses 3D Printing to Bring Objects Closer to Museum Visitors

3dprint / July 13th, 2014

Dutch designer Maaike Roozenburg is using her 3D printing knowledge to help connect museum-goers with collection objects that are behind glass and out of reach.