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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 ...

Art Expert Says Cat Destroyed His Rare 17th-Century Painting

Telegraph / January 10th, 2019

A cat wrecked a rare 17th-century portrait painting, according to the pet's owner, UK-based art historian and writer Dr. Bendor Grosvenor. Grosvenor says the £5,000 ($6,371) artwork by Scottish artist John Michael Wright was scratched up by his cat, named Padme, after he had applied a warm ...

Lawsuit Dismissed Against Artforum and Knight Landesman in #MeToo Case

New York Times / January 5th, 2019

A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Knight Landesman, the 68-year-old co-owner and former publisher of Artforum magazine, that alleged he repeatedly sexually harrassed a former employee and another eight women who came forward. Artforum was named in the ...

Federal Government Shutdown Closes 20 Museums

ArtfixDaily / January 5th, 2019

Due to the continuing U.S. federal government shutdown, Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art have been closed since January 2 and 3, respectively. All 19 Smithsonian museums, including the National History Museum, the Hirshhorn and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as the ...

Happy Holidays from ARTFIXdaily! Closed to January 7

ArtfixDaily / December 16th, 2018

Happy Holidays from ARTFIXdaily! We will be closed until January 7, 2019, and subscriber e-newsletter service will resume that day. New: Follow us on Instagram for our art posts, along with updates and announcements @artfixdaily Wishing our readers and ArtGuild members a peaceful holiday ...

Over a Year After Hurricane Devastation, Houston's Pearl Fincher Museum Reopens With A Top-Tier Collection of American Art On View

ArtfixDaily / December 13th, 2018

In Houston, the 10-year-old Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, which closed for renovation after Hurricane Harvey flooded its building in late August 2017, has reopened. The revamped museum is now showing new gifts along with more than 50 outstanding works from a private collection of American ...

Researchers Discover Way to Fight The Bacteria That Ruins Paintings

Fast Company / December 12th, 2018

Besides sunlight, heat, humidity and other factors, paintings face deterioration over time because of bacteria. A group of Italian researchers now says that old paintings can be better preserved by adding more bacteria to the mix. They discovered that some bacterial spores will fight the bad ...

Neustadt Opens Up Its 250,000-Piece Tiffany Glass Archive For Tours

AD / December 11th, 2018

The public can now go on tours of the world's largest archive of glass remnants from Tiffany Studios. From December through February, twice a month, the non-profit Neustadt is offering hour-and-a-half-long tours to preregistered groups, capped at six people, reports AD. The Neustadt ...

Museums, Cultural Sites Reopen After Violent Protests in France

FRANCE24 / December 9th, 2018

France cleaned up on Sunday after a fourth weekend of protests resulted in violence and property damage. Dozens of museums, shops and cultural sites closed around Paris on Saturday. Some 125,000 "yellow vests," the name for protestors wearing the bright safety vests, demonstrated across the ...

Jerry Saltz Has A Brutal Theory On Why the World's Most Expensive Painting Is "Missing"

Vice / December 7th, 2018

Critic Jerry Saltz explains "Why the World's Most Expensive Painting Has Gone Missing" in a Vice video here.  While we're assuming "missing" equates to "out of public view," Saltz claims the reason is that the $450 million Leonardo da Vinci titled "Salvator Mundi" is a "made up piece of ...

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 is Living Coral

ArtfixDaily / December 6th, 2018

From fashion to homewares, interior design to everyday products, our visual experience from year-to-year is often influenced by Pantone's pick of "color of the year." Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has declared a choice of "top color" that makes its way into brands, onto runways, ...

Facing A 'Dystopian Prospect,' Tania Bruguera Among Cuban Artists Detained in Crackdown

Reuters / December 5th, 2018

High-profile performance artist Tania Bruguera and several other Cuban artists were detained in Havana on Monday after trying to stage a protest against a new decree that they fear will hamper creativity and increase censorship of Cuban culture, reports Reuters. Before disappearing, the artists ...

The Getty Responds to Court Ruling on 2,000-Year-Old Victorious Youth Statue

The Guardian / December 5th, 2018

Italy’s supreme court has ruled that the Getty museum in Los Angeles must return a 2,000-year-old Greek bronze statue, known both as the "Victorious Youth" and the "Getty Bronze," that it bought for almost $4m in 1977. (Read more: The Guardian) In response, the museum released this statement ...

iPhone Artist Charlotte Prodger Wins 2018 Turner Prize

ArtfixDaily / December 4th, 2018

Glasgow-based artist Charlotte Prodger was awarded this year's Turner Prize, Britain's prestigious annual recognition of a contemporary artist. The Tuesday evening ceremony at Tate Britain gave Prodger the award for her short clips filming the Scottish countryside and personal, artistic ...

U.S. Judge to Hear Ongoing Case of Heir's Nazi-Looted Pissarro Held by Museum in Spain

Los Angeles Times / December 3rd, 2018

Nearly 80 years after a woman was forced to sell a painting to Nazi officials in order to escape Germany in 1939, a judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday will determine a case brought by her heirs against a museum in Spain that now has the artwork. Madrid’s Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza has ...

SpaceX Has Blasted Artists' Projects Into Orbit

ArtfixDaily / December 3rd, 2018

Space is the new place for art. After flight delays, two museum-supported artist projects head into the final frontier.  On Monday morning, SpaceX successfully launched 2 artist projects into space onboard a re-used Falcon 9 rocket. Taking off from the California coast, these art ...

Thieves Take Renoir Painting Off Wall Just Prior to Auction in Vienna

CBS / November 28th, 2018

Three middle-aged men entered an auction house in Vienna and removed a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir from a wall on Monday, according to a police statement. The artwork was displayed on the second floor for an upcoming sale at the Dorotheum auction house. Each thief ...

On #GivingTuesday, One Museum Aims for Donors to Crowdfund $1 Million to Help Acquire An Artwork

ArtfixDaily / November 26th, 2018

On this #GivingTuesday, museums worldwide offer up various reminders to encourage charitable giving. The Art Gallery of Ontatrio is asking for $1 million CAD, part of a month-long campaign that has already spurred hefty giving to the non-profit institution. The AGO, in Toronto, is ...

France Will Return Looted Cultural Artifacts, Following Macron-Commissioned Study

BBC / November 25th, 2018

In a historic move, France announced that some contested items in its museum collections will be restituted. “I cannot accept that a large part of the cultural heritage of several African countries is in France,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso capital. ...