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AAMD Relaxes Rules for Museums to Sell Art

Washington Post / April 30th, 2020

In mid-April, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) relaxed guidelines for museums in response to financial hardships brought on by closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AAMD stated that for two years, the association "will refrain from censuring or sanctioning any museum—or ...

Major Monet Exhibition Will Reopen in Germany with New Protective Measures for Museum Visitors

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2020

Following guidelines set by the Brandenburg Museum Association, Museum Barberini in Potsdam will reopen on May 6, after two months of temporary closure due to COVID-19 precautions in Germany. Pre-booked tickets for the museum's Monet exhibition remain valid, and tickets will be available online, ...

Documentary Takes a Deep Dive Into the $80 Million Knoedler Art Scandal

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2020

Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art, a new documentary, spins the real-life tale of con artists, a forger, a prominent art gallery, art experts, and top collectors involved in one of the biggest U.S. art crimes ever.  If it seemed stranger than fiction when the news broke, the ...

Join Degas at the Opéra With This Virtual Tour of the National Gallery Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / April 28th, 2020

Edgar Degas (1834–1917) is celebrated as the premier painter of dancers, a subject that dominated his art for nearly four decades. Degas's renowned images of the Paris Opéra are among the most sophisticated and visually compelling works he created. Celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Paris ...

5 Beautiful and Practical Artisan-Made Gifts from Museum Shops for Mother's Day

ArtfixDaily / April 27th, 2020

{{image}} In a win-win shopping effort, support non-profit museums and artists today while delighting mom with an artful, purposeful purchase. Museum shops are offering plenty of home wares, puzzles, books, clothing, home office supplies and more options for Mother's Day online ...

Pets Rule in People's Epic Artwork Recreations During Lockdown

ArtfixDaily / April 26th, 2020

Quarantined people are enlisting their pets in the still-trending social media challenge to recreate art masterpeices with everyday objects (and household members) at home. As the weeks are drawing into months of stay-at-home orders, people are finding plenty of ways to stage their animal ...

Send Edward Hopper Paintings to All Your Friends With These Maine Bicentennial Stamps from USPS

ArtfixDaily / April 24th, 2020

Marking the 200th anniversary of Maine's statehood, a sheet of new stamps from the U.S. Postal Service features the iconic rocky shoreline of the Pine Tree State as painted by Edward Hopper (1882-1967).  Hopper's 1914 oil Sea at Ogunquit (Whitney Museum of American Art) was painted during ...

'Contemporary Curated' Soars to $6.4 Million Marking Record for a Sotheby's Online Sale

ArtfixDaily / April 23rd, 2020

“Contemporary Curated”, a live auction in London turned online-only from April 14-21, fetched more than £5 million (US$6.4 million), a record total for an online sale at Sotheby’s. The sale was expected to bring between £3.4 million and £4.7 million total. Guest curated by fashion brand scion ...

Take a Ten-Minute Forest Bath on Earth Day With These Artworks From the NGA's 'True to Nature' Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / April 21st, 2020

While April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations, artists over centuries have trekked outdoors to create landscape sketches that capture the magnificence of nature and offer an enduring homage to Earth's beauty. An integral part of art education in the late 18th and early ...

William H. Gerdts, Giant in the Field of American Art, Remembered

ArtfixDaily / April 20th, 2020

"What led Americans to value their own art? One could be very crass about it and say that when Americans could no longer afford the Monets and the Cézannes, then they started buying the Childe Hassams. Money was one factor...But there is also an element of national pride." - William H. Gerdts in ...

Figge Art Museum Wants You to Recreate Its Art in 'Getting Figge With It' Challenge

ArtfixDaily / April 20th, 2020

In the wake of the very popular Getty Challenge that invited people to post artwork re-creations on social media, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, has launched the “Getting Figge With It” challenge. Like the Getty's challenge, which was inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and ...

USPS Unveils New Stamps Featuring Artist Ruth Asawa's Signature Sculptures

ArtfixDaily / April 19th, 2020

The United States Postal Service has revealed a forthcoming stamp design for 2020 featuring the undulating mesh wire sculptures of pioneering Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013).  Each pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs, along with a photograph of Asawa taken ...

Take a Peek at Isabella Stewart Gardner's Bright Birthday Tradition at Her Museum

ArtfixDaily / April 15th, 2020

Since 1904, a vibrant display of nasturtiums has marked Isabella Stewart Gardner's birthday in her eponymous museum's iconic courtyard in Boston. Get a glimpse... While the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is temporarily closed in response to COVID-19 concerns, the museum has shared a video ...

Relax With Over 16,000 Great Artworks Online from the Yale Center for British Art

ArtfixDaily / April 15th, 2020

The Yale Center for British Art has announced their latest contribution of collections data and images to Google Arts & Culture, which allows the public to explore collections from around the world. The publication of 16,392 works through Google’s online platform represents an increase of ...

Dr. John Driscoll, Renowned American Art Specialist, Remembered

ArtfixDaily / April 14th, 2020

Dr. John Driscoll, owner of Driscoll Babcock Galleries in New York, passed away from COVID-19 on Friday, April 10, 2020. The gallery has provided this obituary written by Glenn Adamson: A giant has passed from the art world – a world that he loved so well, with an intensity and integrity rare ...

What’s Old is New: The Antique Dealers’ Association of America Revives Online Show

ArtfixDaily / April 10th, 2020

The Antique Dealers' Association of America (ADA) is reviving their popular online show platform amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it was announced by ADA President, Steven S. Powers. ADA is the largest member-based antiques trade organization in the United States, founded in 1984. The health crisis ...

Revel in Fabulous Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2020

Easter eggs are among the most fabled and intricately-crafted treasures from the firm of Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), the legendary jeweler to the court of Russia. Fabergé’s extraordinary Imperial Eggs with hidden surprises inside were commissioned as Easter gifts from the last two Tsars for ...

(UPDATE) Christie's Fined $16.7 Million by Manhattan DA

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2020

(Updated 4/10/20 with Christie's statement below) Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced Thursday "the resolution of an investigation into Christie's auction house for failing to register to collect and to collect New York and local sales tax between 2013 to 2017," according to a ...

Go On a Virtual Tour of Thomas Jayne's Soho Loft on House Beautiful's Live Instagram, Tuesday, April 14

ArtfixDaily / April 8th, 2020

House Beautiful has been developing a creative mix of live events for its Instagram feed focused around conversations, tips and tours with top designers across the country. Thomas Jayne is on the schedule for Tuesday April 14th (time to be set) when he will take over ...

U.S. Arts Organizations Have Already Lost $4.5 Billion During Coronavirus Crisis, Per Study

Americans for the Arts / April 8th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost U.S. arts and cultural organizations an estimated total of $4.5 billion since a survey began 3 weeks ago, according to data collected by Americans for the Arts. Some 11,500 organizations have responded to the study so far and reported losses of a median $38,000 ...