Snapchat's Virtual Jeff Koons Sculpture Vandalized

  • Fast Company
  • October 09, 2017 14:27

A sculpture of a balloon dog by Jeff Koons that exists in augmented reality has been vandalized.  Just last week, Snap Inc. announced the new AR feature which allows users to discover virtual Koons art in public places around the world. A giant AR Koons piece in New York's Central Park ...

Read More


Newly Found Copy of Declaration of Independence at Auction in Nov.

  • New York Times
  • October 08, 2017 23:19
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

A trove of historical documents belonging to a descendant of early British settlers in Long Island will emerge for the first time on the auction market next month, reports the New York Times. The star lot of the consignment is a copy of the Declaration of Independence--a rare and newly ...

Read More


Jeff Koons Partners With Snapchat on Augmented Reality Art Hunt

  • Hyperallergic
  • October 03, 2017 20:37
Jeff Koons teams up with Snapchat

Remember the summer of Pokemon Go? People were popping up everywhere to play the interactive game with their smartphones. Now art will take it's turn in augmented reality, and it's art for art's sake. Artist Jeff Koons, known the world-over for his massive balloon dog sculptures, teamed up with ...

Read More


45-Foot Female Sculpture Could Head to National Mall

  • New York Times
  • October 03, 2017 14:07
R-Evolution debuted at Burning Man in 2015 and the 45-foot sculpture could head to the National Mall this fall.

Organizers of an annual vigil held at DC's National Mall plan to temporarily move a 45-foot sculpture of a female nude there to face the White House as part of a November gathering of activists. The "R-Evolution" sculpture stands tall in mountain pose, a yoga posture, and was first created for ...

Read More


'Mona Lisa Nude Sketch' Found in French Collection

  • BBC
  • October 01, 2017 18:09
Charcoal sketch believed to be a study for the Mona Lisa.

A charcoal portrait of a nude woman is now thought to be a study for the Mona Lisa. The work was previously attributed to Leonardo da Vinci's studio, but experts have lately determined that the Renaissance master likely created the charcoal sketch, based on its size, age, stylistic elements, ...

Read More


'Loving Vincent' Film Animates Van Gogh's Life and Work

  • September 28, 2017 12:34
A painted version of Robert Gulaczyk as Vincent van Gogh in “Loving Vincent.”

The world's first fully painted feature film is an animated adventure featuring the tragic story and beloved artworks of Vincent van Gogh---and it's experienced as if viewing his life through the lens of his art. The film opened in New York last week, and debuts in LA on Friday before additional ...

Read More


Guggenheim Pulls Artworks from China Exhibition Amid Threats

  • September 26, 2017 14:05
Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other.

Threats of violence have forced the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to withdraw three controversial works featuring animals from an upcoming exhibition. "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World," a survey of Chinese contemporary art made between the 1989 Tiananmen Square ...

Read More


Chinese Vase Sells for 10,000 Times Estimate in Swiss Auction

  • swissinfo
  • September 24, 2017 18:51

Two bidders competed to send a Chinese vase to a record 5 million Swiss francs in Geneva. The pre-sale estimate for the piece was 500 to 800 Swiss francs. "Including the commission, the vase will cost the Asian buyer CHF6.08 million ($6.1 million)," auctioneer Olivier Fichot told the AFP news ...

Read More


Missing Rubens Portrait Discovered in Glasgow

  • Guardian
  • September 24, 2017 17:36
The Rubens portrait after restoration.

A painting by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been found in Glasgow after it was thought to have been lost for 400 years. The portrait was considered a copy of an original depicting George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, who was believed to have been James VI and I’s lover. It was ...

Read More


Jasper Johns Plans Artists' Retreat at His Connecticut Estate

  • Sharon, Conn.
  • September 19, 2017 14:29
Johns was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

The town of Sharon, Conn., has approved a plan proposed by representatives of modern master Jasper Johns for an artists' retreat. Johns, 87, owns a 170-acre country home and studio space there that would be converted into the retreat after his death. At a planning and zoning committee meeting ...

Read More


Banksy Adds Artworks to Barbican Ahead of Basquiat Exhibition

  • Guardian
  • September 18, 2017 13:22
Banksy mural at the Barbican.

Street artist Banksy created two new murals outside central London's Barbican Art Gallery just prior to a major show of works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opening there on Sept. 21. On Instagram, Banksy describes one mural as “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan ...

Read More


British Art Dealer Convicted of Stealing Artwork from Rolling Stones Guitarist

  • Rolling Stone
  • September 14, 2017 10:33
Ronnie Wood in 1988 in Malmö at a vernissage of his art at Hotel Cramer.  The artwork by Ronnie Wood in the background was garbled because of copyright reasons.

British art dealer Jonathan Poole has been sentenced to prison for stealing artworks from his clients. Poole's clients included the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, along with the estates of Miles Davis and John Lennon. He plead guilty to 26 charges of fraud and theft made between 1986 and ...

Read More


Sotheby's Releases Estimates for Berkshire Museum Artworks

  • September 12, 2017 12:16
Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950)

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., appears to be going forward with its planned sale of 40 artworks from its collections despite protests from museum professional organizations and art lovers. Over $50 million is estimated to be generated from the sales, and the museum has a ...

Read More


Antonio Banderas Stars as Picasso in NatGeo's 'Genius' Series

  • Variety
  • September 11, 2017 22:22
Antonio Banderas

Actor Antonio Banderas will portray Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2. The first season of “Genius”, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, was recently nominated for 10 Emmys, and was watched by over 45 million viewers globally, according to Variety. Picasso worked for ...

Read More


Hemingway Museum Curators, Cats Ride Out Hurricane in Key West

  • Forbes
  • September 11, 2017 15:25
Hemingway House & Museum image

Surrounded by lush gardens, the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum became a fortress to 11 staff members when Hurricane Irma made a direct hit on the Florida Keys over the weekend. Curator Dave Gonzales and 10 staff members, along with 54 cat descendants of Ernest Hemingway's own cat, stayed on ...

Read More


Ancient Egyptian Tomb With Artifacts Rediscovered Near Luxor

  • CNN
  • September 10, 2017 16:08

Egyptian authorities unveiled a previously undiscovered ancient tomb belonging to a goldsmith and his wife near Luxor in southern Egypt on Saturday, reports CNN. The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts," according to ...

Read More


Berkshire Museum Ends Smithsonian Partnership Following Art Sale Controversy

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • September 06, 2017 11:41
Frederic Church, Valley of the Santa Ysabel, 1875.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., will cut ties with the Smithsonian in a mutual decision stemming from the controversy over its plan to deaccession artworks. Berkshire Museum was a Smithsonian affiliate since 2013, allowing for reciprocal admissions ...

Read More


'Fake' Painting Is Authenticated as Long Lost Work by Australia's Father of Impressionism

  • Guardian
  • September 04, 2017 20:38
Tom Roberts, Rejection

An Australian couple bought a "fake" painting for £7500 ($10,000) that is now thought to be by one of Australia’s greatest artists and worth well over $300,000. Joe and Rosanna Natoli won the painting, which is titled Rejection, with an online bid in 2013 from an English auction house. The work ...

Read More


400 Viking Artifacts Stolen from Museum in Norway

  • Newsmax
  • August 21, 2017 14:08

Some 400 objects of Viking origin were stolen from a museum in Norway sometime between Aug. 11 and 13. The pieces were due to be transferred to a more secure location on Aug. 14. "If the stolen objects are not returned, this is by far the most terrible event in the 200 years of Norwegian museum ...

Read More


A Peek at Rare 1854 Solar Eclipse Images, and a Full Look at the Friedman Collection of Photography

  • August 17, 2017 14:12
William Langenheim (American, born Germany, Schöningen 1807-1874) and Frederick Langenheim (American, born Germany, Schöningen 1809-1879), Eclipse of the Sun, 1854, Daguerreotype.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns the only surviving images of the solar eclipse that occurred on May 26, 1854—the first total eclipse of the sun visible in North America since the invention of photography. The images are out of public view, but are shown above and available online. Currently ...

Read More