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Silicon Valley Plans to Erect a Monument to Itself

The Atlantic / March 11th, 2019

Silicon Valley has a new initiative underway for a landmark that speaks to the tech hub's influence.  Mounting "techlash" over the role Facebook and other companies have in undermining public life are behind this need for Silicon Valley to "cement its legacy in the built environment," ...

Another Year Passes Without National Medal of Arts Awards

ArtfixDaily / March 5th, 2019

The White House's prestigious annual recognition of American artists, the National Medal of Arts awards, have not been announced or given since President Trump took office in January 2017. This represents the longest gap between ceremonies since the founding of the award in 1985. The arts have ...

Hank Willis Thomas Picked to Create Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Monument for Boston

ArtfixDaily / March 5th, 2019

Hank Willis Thomas was selected as the winner of a competition for a public monument in Boston to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The Kings met in Boston while he was attending theology school at Boston University and she was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music ...

USPS Honors Artist Ellsworth Kelly With 2019 Stamps

ArtfixDaily / March 1st, 2019

The USPS will issue 2019 stamps featuring the vibrant work of American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015). The selection comes after Forever® stamp collections that have honored Andrew Wyeth (in 2017), Hudson River School artists (in 2014), and modern masters including Duchamp, Davis, ...

After Prison Sentencing, Art Dealer Mary Boone Will Close Her Gallery

ARTnews / February 24th, 2019

Veteran New York art dealer Mary Boone, 67, will shutter her eponymous gallery. She was sentenced on Feb. 14 to thirty months in prison for filing false tax returns, with prosecutors alleging that she defrauded the IRS of over $3 million. “I had 49 wonderful years in art,” Boone ...

The Met Will Return A Newly Acquired Antiquity to Egypt Due to Dubious Provenance

New York Times / February 19th, 2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will return a golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C. to Egypt after investigators revealed the piece was allegedly looted in 2011. Newly acquired for nearly $4 million by the Met, the heavily ornamented artifact was inscribed for Nedjemankh, a ...

Blenheim Palace Displays New Acquisitions of Key Works From Its Lost Collections

ArtfixDaily / February 14th, 2019

A new exhibition at the UK's magnificent Blenheim Palace is showcasing recently acquired works of art, including rarely seen works by Sir Winston Churchil, and family portraits from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. "Art and the Churchill Family" is on view through March 16. Blenheim ...

'Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form' Brings Together Key Works by the Famed Regionalist at The Surovek Gallery

ArtfixDaily / February 6th, 2019

The Surovek Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, is presenting a new exhibition of around 65 works by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), the famed Regionalist painter known for chronicling the beauty, joys and sorrows of everyday life in America. On view from February 7 to March 15, 2019, ...

From Maroon 5's Adam Levine to a De Young Museum Exhibition This Summer, Tattoo Art Won't Be Unseen

ArtfixDaily / February 5th, 2019

On Sunday, the Super Bowl halftime performance with Maroon 5 gave a surprising show of tattoo body art. After band frontman Adam Levine stripped off his shirt, an eyeful of tattooed words, symbols and images came into full view. Notably, "CALIFORNIA" inscribed across the singer's abdomen, plus ...

The Art of Carl Gustav Jung Is Brought Together in a Slightly Mind-Blowing Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / February 5th, 2019

The Illuminated Imagination: The Art of C. G. Jung, an exhibition now on view at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, through April 28, 2019, shows that the famed Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung had a whole other side ...

#MuseumBowl Featured More Patriots While the Super Bowl Had Andy Warhol

massLive / February 25th, 2019

This year, regional art museums kept the ball in play with the fun tradition of regional Twitter wars in artwork and taunts, noted on MassLive in the run-up to Super Bowl LIII. Once again, from New England, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston had some stingers for the opposing team's J. Paul Getty ...

Painting On Loan In Europe From MFA Houston Is Nazi Loot, Claim Heirs

Houston Chronicle / February 2nd, 2019

A legal claim has been filed for an artwork currently on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to a museum in Germany. Heirs of French real estate developer Gaston Levy, who lost his massive collection of French Impressionist artworks to the Nazis in World War II, say ...

British Museum Director Calls Keeping Parthenon Sculptures a "Creative Act"

Ta Nea / January 29th, 2019

In an exclusive interview with Ta Nea, Greece's daily newspaper, the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, dismissed the latest uproar for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned to Greece. [Read backstory and ARTFIXdaily's opinion: Brexit Could Help the Case for Parthenon Sculptures ...

Desert X 2019 Is Back And Featuring Artists From Jenny Holzer to Superflex

ArtfixDaily / January 28th, 2019

Desert X, the contemporary art biennial in various locations across California's arid Coahcella Valley, is back from Feb. 9 to April 21, 2019. The first edition of this free, curated exhibition of large-scale artworks drew around 200,000 people in 2017. A "Desert X 2017'' catalog will be ...

The U.S. Formally Withdraws From Unesco, the U.N. Agency That Aims to Build Peace Through Cultural Understanding

New York Times / January 23rd, 2019

This month, the United States officially left Unesco, the United Nations' cultural and scientific organization. The U.S. was a founding member of Unesco, which was established following the horrors of the World War II era. While the U.S. withdrawal is newly in effect, the Trump administration ...

Museum Readies to Display Newly Restored Multi-million Dollar Painting Found in Closet

Des Moines Register / January 23rd, 2019

In 2016, an Iowa museum director was looking in a closet for a Civil War-era flag when he found a long-lost painting worth millions. Now with a full restoration completed and a security system in place, "Apollo and Venus," the rediscovered ca. 1600 work by renowned Dutch artist Otto van Veen, ...

New Showroom Launches for Antiques and Design Businesses in Philadelphia

Business of Home / January 22nd, 2019

Joe Holahan and Jeff Kamal of Kamelot Auctions have founded an antiques center that offers dealers the chance to house booths and showrooms in New York’s unofficial sixth borough, Philadelphia, reports Business of Home. “What’s happening in our industry is that good locations ...

Known as Museum Donors, Sackler Family Now Under More Scrutiny in OxyContin Lawsuits

Boston / January 20th, 2019

Long-celebrated as arts and culture philanthropists, the Sackler family is increasingly in headlines for their company's role in pushing OxyContin, the prescription drug that has helped fuel a nationwide opioid epidemic. A legal filing filed in Massachusetts last week newly alleges that 8 Sackler ...

Virtually Browse (and Support) the 20 Museums Closed by the Government Shutdown

ArtfixDaily / January 15th, 2019

With the 19 federally-funded Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art in DC closed due to the continuing federal government shutdown, people can still view collections and support these vital American institutions--online. The Smithsonian website has an array of thematic exhibitions ...

James Turrell's 'Roden Crater' Project Gets $10 Million Donation from Kanye West

ASUnow / January 14th, 2019

James Turrell, 75, began his Roden Crater Project in 1977. The California artist has gotten a huge recent boost to the endeavor through a partnership with Arizona State University to raise $200 million, and now celebrity rapper Kanye West says he'll pitch in with a major donation. Kelly Crow ...