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New V&A Location Part of £1.1 Billion Transformation of East London Into Cultural Hub

The Times / June 5th, 2018

A new outpost for the V&A is part of a £1.1 billion plan for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to be transformed into the “East Bank,” a cultural hub hosting branches of Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and University College London (UCL). London Mayor Sadiq Khan ...

Christo to Float 150-Ton Barrel Sculpture on London Lake

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2018

The latest work by artist Christo is under construction in London  – it's a carefully floating stack of 7,506 barrels. The Mastaba will be a temporary draw in Hyde Park where the piece will float on Serpentine Lake from June 18 (weather permitting) to September 23, 2018. The ...

Digital Art Jumps on the Blockchain Bandwagon

fivethirtyeight / March 8th, 2018

From fivethirtyeight: "A small triumvirate of artists, technologists and financiers are using the blockchain to render art rare and then selling it. In the process, they’ve figured out a way to make digital art valuable... Technology like the blockchain, they say, democratizes art by creating ...

Michelangelo's Tuscan Villa Is Still For Sale

Travel + Leisure / February 14th, 2018

If you missed the once-in-a-lifetime Michelangelo exhibition at the Met this winter, which drew some 700,000 visitors, there is another chance to get close to the Italian Renaissance master. Villa Michelangelo, the ten-bedroom "farmhouse" that the artist bought in 1549 is seeking a new owner, ...

Cutting-Edge U.S. Embassy in London Opens Chock-Full of Art This Week

ArtfixDaily / January 14th, 2018

The 1960s building that housed the U.S. embassy in London needed costly renovations and posed security risks in busy Mayfair, prompting a decision in 2007 to purchase a new site. Opening to the public on January 16, the new U.S. embassy resides in South London's Nine Elms area, below the ...

The Most Instagrammed Museums in the World

ArtfixDaily / November 30th, 2017

Data from Instagram has ranked the most popular museums in the world on the image sharing platform.  Chart-topping in attendance at 7.4 million annual visitors is the Mona Lisa's home --- the Louvre --- which unsurprisingly ranks highest on the World's Most ...

Wende Museum Showcases Material Culture of the Cold War Era

ArtfixDaily / November 28th, 2017

The Wende Museum in its new location in Culver City, Calif., is a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and applying historical lessons of the past to the present. From a vandalized bust of ...

California Art Studio Raises $100K in 2 Days for Fire Relief

SFGate / October 15th, 2017

The San Francisco artist-couple behind a popular "I Love You California" art print ran a 2-day fundraiser that quickly generated $100,000 for fire relief in Northern California. 3FishStudios partnered with The What newsletter and Next Draft mailing list to get word out about the special ...

Snapchat's Virtual Jeff Koons Sculpture Vandalized

Fast Company / October 9th, 2017

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 ...

NYC's Museum of Ice Cream Heads to California

LA Magazine / February 20th, 2017

The sensational pop-up Museum of Ice Cream that sold-out tickets when it opened in New York last summer is heading to southern California. A new location is expected to open next month, possibly in the Santa Monica/Venice Beach area, according to reports. In five days, all 30,000 tickets were ...

Think Nature: Pantone's Color of the Year is a Rejuvenating Green

Pantone / December 8th, 2016

Rather weary of seeing red and blue? Taking the pulse of the times, the Pantone Color Institute has offered up a bright shade of green for its Color of the Year.  Greenery is Pantone's choice for 2017. Expect the color to repeat in art, design and fashion  - although this shade is ...

Rijksmuseum Gives Awards for the Best Riffs On Its Masterpieces

ArtfixDaily / October 13th, 2016

The Dutch national museum is holding its annual competition for the best "forgery." Entrants can copy an Old Master in a new way or be inspired in any imaginable medium--from food to wood to fragrance to film--by artwork in the collection of Netherland's Rijksmuseum. The three-year-old program ...

New, Larger Museum Planned at Statue of Liberty

ArtfixDaily / October 6th, 2016

A new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum within the Statue of Liberty National Monument on New York's Liberty Island was unveiled Thursday. The larger building will replace a small exhibition space inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Architect Nicholas Garrison designed the ...

Heatherwick's The Vessel to Rise Up in New York's Hudson Yards

ArtfixDaily / September 14th, 2016

It boasts 154 interconnecting stairways, 2,400 steps, and 80 landings comprising a mile's worth of walkways. And all of it will lead to nowhere on the Far West Side of Manhattan. New York Times reports that The Vessel is the much-debated, $150-million public landmark set to center the main ...

4 Ways Technology Has Altered the Museum Visit

The Atlantic / September 13th, 2016

The Atlantic breaks down four ways museums will be, and already are, adapting to the digital age. 1. Cellphones are no longer shunned at museums and are used for social media sharing, "selfies," navigating galleries, and more... Atlantic: Embracing cellphones also means that more art ...

Museum Voorlinden Debuts With Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra Works

ArtfixDaily / September 12th, 2016

The new Museum Voorlinden near the Dutch North Sea coast opened on Sept. 11 to showcase the impressive collection of modern and contemporary art assembled by wealthy Dutch industrialist Joop van Caldenborgh. Among the highlights is Richard Serra’s 216-ton steel sculpture Open Ended ...

The Art of Burning Man Is On Fire Again

ArtfixDaily / August 28th, 2016

Tens of thousands of participants and artists will gather for the 30th anniversary of Burning Man, running Aug. 28 to Sept. 5, in the Nevada desert. It's a "crucible of creativity," explains the event's website. Art enlivens the dusty playa of this eclectic festival in temporary Black Rock ...

Official Posters for the 2016 Rio Olympics

Dezeen / August 7th, 2016

Designs by 13 artists were chosen to represent the 2016 Rio Oympics. The posters capture the spirit of the summer games and the city itself, from Brazilian street artist Kobra's vibrant take of a child flying a kite over a favela to Beatriz Milhazes' stylized rings over water. The ...

Techie-Style Seattle Art Fair Wraps Second Edition

New York Times / August 7th, 2016

"The Seattle Art Fair, started last year by Paul G. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has a proud inner geek," Kirk Johnson writes for the New York Times. Allen explained in an interview with the Times: "There's always this interesting tension between fairly intellectual pursuits like ...

New Funding For Start-Up Curating Art For the Masses

TechCrunch / June 21st, 2016

Juniqe, the Berlin-based marketplace for curated art, has closed €14 million in Series B funding, reports TechCrunch. The site "discovers" art on social media and prints on-demand versions across categories, from wall art to home decor and fashion, with buyers throughout Europe. “On the demand ...