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Museum-Goers Get a Sneak Peek at Tesla Cybertruck

Mashable / June 21st, 2020

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles reopened its doors on June 19 with a special exhibit of Tesla's Cybertruck, on view until June 27, in the museum's ongoing "Alternating Currents" electric vehicle display, reports Mashable. The Cybertruck is supposed to debut in 2021. Early viewers ...

First Printing of The Star-Spangled Banner Fetches Record $325,000 at Auction, Followed by the Slave-Owning Writer's Statue Getting Toppled

ArtfixDaily / June 21st, 2020

A statue of Francis Scott Key, an early American lawyer known for penning "The Star-Spangled Banner," was taken down by protestors in San Francisco over the weekend during demonstrations for racial justice. Key was a wealthy slave owner who, according to The Smithsonian, defended slaveholders' ...

Ahead of Her Next Museum Exhibition, Kara Walker's ‘Fons Americanus’ Archive Shown in Online Art Basel

ArtfixDaily / June 18th, 2020

To demand exactitude in the pursuit of a historical truth is to go where no mind can venture and return whole. The load is too large to carry, the losses too many and too varied. Truth will drain from your hands like so much water. Instead, you will find yourself drawing on tales from the past – ...

Explore the Brave Work of Early Modern Photographer Anne Brigman With Fresh Books and a Zoom Panel Discussion

ArtfixDaily / June 17th, 2020

Following a major retrospective in 2018-19 at the Nevada Museum of Art, the late 19th-early 20th century photography of Anne Brigman is getting a closer look.  Born in Hawaii, Brigman (1869-1950) was championed by photographer-art dealer Alfred Stieglitz in New York and while living ...

Marking Its 150th Anniversary in 2020, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Focuses on Collecting Works by Living Artists During Covid-19 Closure

ArtfixDaily / June 16th, 2020

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), announced in May the launch of a series of new initiatives in support of contemporary artists in Boston and nationwide. The museum has committed to making new acquisitions as well as establishing a program that grants lifetime memberships for all living ...

American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists Achieve Record Auction Prices at Freeman's Sale

ArtfixDaily / June 16th, 2020

Freeman’s has announced the results of its highly successful American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists auction featuring The Collection of Heidi Bingham Stott. With a sell-through rate of 95%, the 74-lot sale achieved over $2.8 million, surpassing its pre-sale high estimate. The ...

New Art Museum at Penn State to Open in 2023 With Palmer Name Retained

ArtfixDaily / June 15th, 2020

A proposal to name a planned new art museum at University Park, in Pennsylvania, in honor of the late Barbara and James Palmer was approved in May by the Penn State Board of Trustees. Penn State President Eric J. Barron said the landmark new building will be named to honor the original donors ...

Fugitive Art Dealer Inigo Philbrick Arrested on Pacific Island

New York Times / June 13th, 2020

Art dealer Inigo Philbrick was arrested on the Pacific island of Vanuatu on Thursday by U.S. law enforcement. The 33-year-old, who is behind an alleged $20 million fraud scheme, was transported to Guam where he will appear in federal court on June 15, according to a statement from the U.S. ...

"Odds Were Against Me" Exhibition Features Renowned 20th-Century Women Sculptors

ArtfixDaily / June 14th, 2020

The Cape Ann Museum, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, pays special tribute to renowned women artists in its exhibition, Odds Were Against Me, featuring works by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (1876–1973) and Katharine Lane Weems (1899–1989). The exhibition was organized to recognize the 100th ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed Week of June 7, Returning Next Week

ArtfixDaily / June 7th, 2020

“It’s the portrayal of a saying by Diego Rivera. An open hand with its fingers spread is very weak, but a closed fist where all the fingers are together is very strong,” said artist Elizabeth Catlett, noting that her inspiration to sculpt a monumental fist came in part from US athletes Tommie ...

Art Dealer Gifts 16th-Century Painting to Rijksmuseum in Honor of COVID-19 Victims

AP / June 4th, 2020

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum reopened Monday after its coronavirus closure to include a new work in its vast collections. The piece is a Dutch 16th-century painting by Bartholomeus Spranger titled “Body of Christ Supported by Angels.” The dramatic image of Christ lifted from his tomb by three ...

Experience Nature with British Artist-Explorer Tony Foster Through Video Tours of His Journeys

ArtfixDaily / June 3rd, 2020

Take an inspiring virtual trip with guided tours of The Foster, the Palo Alto, California, collection comprising the extraordinarily-detailed watercolor work of artist-explorer Tony Foster. In each tour, the artist himself guides viewers through The Foster galleries as he explains his art-making ...

More Stories to Be Told Surrounding Saint-Gaudens's Masterpiece Monument to Black Regiment in Civil War

wbur / June 3rd, 2020

Boston's renowned sculptural memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens depicting Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment was one of 16 public art works damaged when thousands of protesters descended on Boston Common and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall on Sunday night, reports wbur. “This monument is ...

'Reflections on Unity' Sculpture at Asheville Art Museum Offers Hope After Damage

ArtfixDaily / June 3rd, 2020

'Let us all hope that we can come together' - artist Henry Richardson  The Asheville Art Museum was hit with graffiti on June 1 after a weekend of peaceful protests morphed into a destructive night in the western North Carolina city of Asheville. A hub for 20th- and 21st-century American ...

Seeking Rainbows and More: Damien Hirst Offers a Free Download While the V&A Calls For Homemade Signs from Pandemic Times

ArtfixDaily / June 2nd, 2020

In April, British artist Damien Hirst released his own version of a rainbow image that children across the U.K. have employed to show support for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis. His work, Butterfly Rainbow, can be downloaded from his website for anyone to display in their window as an ...

Illustrator's Tribute to George Floyd Touches Millions

ArtfixDaily / June 1st, 2020

Illustrator Shirien Damra posted a memorial image dedicated to George Floyd on Instagram last week shortly after his killing by police in Minneapolis. Her "Justice for George" received over three million likes not long after she posted it, and was widely shared.      A daughter ...

Take a Video Curator's Tour of 'State of the Art' at Crystal Bridges and The Momentary

ArtfixDaily / June 1st, 2020

In February, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and its new satellite the Momentary debuted the contemporary art exhibition State of the Art 2020. In a video virtual tour, Crystal Bridges Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Alejo Benedetti takes viewers into the galleries for an ...

Christo, Part of Artist Duo Behind Grand-Scaled Wrappings, Remembered

New York Times / May 31st, 2020

Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known as Christo, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was 84 years old. Statement from Christo's office: "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but ...

Rashid Johnson: 'The role of art right now is to not avert its eyes'

CNN / May 30th, 2020

Temporarily working out of a Long Island basement, New York City-based artist Rashid Johnson has focused his art practice on self-exploration with the new series "Untitled Anxious Red Drawings," shown in a sold-out online exhibition with Hauser & Wirth.  This series, he writes for CNN, ...

SpaceX Rocket Launches NASA Astronauts Into Orbit With Some 'Indestructible' Artwork

ArtfixDaily / May 30th, 2020

A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully launched into orbit with two NASA astronauts on board on Saturday. A first launch attempt on Wednesday was postponed due to weather conditions. Aboard the capsule named Endeavor—the first NASA crew mission in nearly nine years⁠—was specially-created ...