The Moment - Feb 22, 2020

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Salvador Dalí Museum Plans a $38 Million Expansion With More Augmented Reality Exhibits

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2019

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, has announced plans for a major $38 million expansion. Around $30 million of that estimated cost would go to constuction of a new wing with 20,000 square feet for community spaces and digital exhibits. One expense will be 'Digital Dalí,' an ...

L.A. County Supervisors Approve Funds for the $650 Million New LACMA Building

LAist / April 9th, 2019

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to provide $117.5 million in county funding to move forward LACMA's new building plan. The total cost estimate for the project is $650 million, to be largely culled from private donations. Art-loving actors Brad Pitt and ...

Cottingley Fairies Photos from An Early 20th Century Viral Hoax Hit the Auction Block

Guardian / April 3rd, 2019

"Photographs of what is considered to be one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century are expected to fetch nearly £70,000 when they are sold at auction," reports The Guardian. "Pictures of the Cottingley Fairies were taken in July and September 1917 by the 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her ...

Where In the World Is 'Salvator Mundi'?

New York Times / March 31st, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ painted as 'Savior of the World,' was called a rediscovered masterpiece...and now its location is unknown. This artwork's bizarre saga involves an image of Jesus getting a near-half-billion dollar world record auction price from a Saudi bidder at ...

Museums Reject Sackler Donations As New York Adds Another Lawsuit Naming Family Members

New York Times / March 28th, 2019

The billionaire Sackler family faces a fresh lawsuit from the state of New York over the role of some of its members in the opioid crisis. As owners of Purdue Pharma, makers of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, several Sackler family members are under scrutiny for aggressively marketing a ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed March 18 to 22

ArtfixDaily / March 17th, 2019

ARTFIXdaily is closed this week for maintenance. E-newsletter service will resume on March 25. This week: Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine, has on view (to March 20) a tribute to the California Coast entitled Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode the California ...

This Week: A Stolen-Found De Kooning Resurfaces, and Police Fool Thieves With Fake Brueghel

ArtfixDaily / March 14th, 2019

Willem de Kooning's 'Woman-Ochre,' recently rediscovered in an estate sale after being stolen from a museum in 1985, will finally see the light of day. Said to be worth $100 million, the painting was found for sale by a New Mexico antiques dealer in 2017. It had been cut from its frame and ...

Silicon Valley Plans to Erect a Monument to Itself

The Atlantic / March 11th, 2019

Silicon Valley has a new initiative underway for a landmark that speaks to the tech hub's influence.  Mounting "techlash" over the role Facebook and other companies have in undermining public life are behind this need for Silicon Valley to "cement its legacy in the built environment," ...

Another Year Passes Without National Medal of Arts Awards

ArtfixDaily / March 5th, 2019

The White House's prestigious annual recognition of American artists, the National Medal of Arts awards, have not been announced or given since President Trump took office in January 2017. This represents the longest gap between ceremonies since the founding of the award in 1985. The arts have ...

Hank Willis Thomas Picked to Create Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Monument for Boston

ArtfixDaily / March 5th, 2019

Hank Willis Thomas was selected as the winner of a competition for a public monument in Boston to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The Kings met in Boston while he was attending theology school at Boston University and she was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music ...

USPS Honors Artist Ellsworth Kelly With 2019 Stamps

ArtfixDaily / March 1st, 2019

The USPS will issue 2019 stamps featuring the vibrant work of American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015). The selection comes after Forever® stamp collections that have honored Andrew Wyeth (in 2017), Hudson River School artists (in 2014), and modern masters including Duchamp, Davis, ...

After Prison Sentencing, Art Dealer Mary Boone Will Close Her Gallery

ARTnews / February 24th, 2019

Veteran New York art dealer Mary Boone, 67, will shutter her eponymous gallery. She was sentenced on Feb. 14 to thirty months in prison for filing false tax returns, with prosecutors alleging that she defrauded the IRS of over $3 million. “I had 49 wonderful years in art,” Boone ...

The Met Will Return A Newly Acquired Antiquity to Egypt Due to Dubious Provenance

New York Times / February 19th, 2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will return a golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C. to Egypt after investigators revealed the piece was allegedly looted in 2011. Newly acquired for nearly $4 million by the Met, the heavily ornamented artifact was inscribed for Nedjemankh, a ...

Blenheim Palace Displays New Acquisitions of Key Works From Its Lost Collections

ArtfixDaily / February 14th, 2019

A new exhibition at the UK's magnificent Blenheim Palace is showcasing recently acquired works of art, including rarely seen works by Sir Winston Churchil, and family portraits from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. "Art and the Churchill Family" is on view through March 16. Blenheim ...

'Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form' Brings Together Key Works by the Famed Regionalist at The Surovek Gallery

ArtfixDaily / February 6th, 2019

The Surovek Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, is presenting a new exhibition of around 65 works by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), the famed Regionalist painter known for chronicling the beauty, joys and sorrows of everyday life in America. On view from February 7 to March 15, 2019, ...

From Maroon 5's Adam Levine to a De Young Museum Exhibition This Summer, Tattoo Art Won't Be Unseen

ArtfixDaily / February 5th, 2019

On Sunday, the Super Bowl halftime performance with Maroon 5 gave a surprising show of tattoo body art. After band frontman Adam Levine stripped off his shirt, an eyeful of tattooed words, symbols and images came into full view. Notably, "CALIFORNIA" inscribed across the singer's abdomen, plus ...

The Art of Carl Gustav Jung Is Brought Together in a Slightly Mind-Blowing Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / February 5th, 2019

The Illuminated Imagination: The Art of C. G. Jung, an exhibition now on view at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, through April 28, 2019, shows that the famed Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung had a whole other side ...

#MuseumBowl Featured More Patriots While the Super Bowl Had Andy Warhol

massLive / February 25th, 2019

This year, regional art museums kept the ball in play with the fun tradition of regional Twitter wars in artwork and taunts, noted on MassLive in the run-up to Super Bowl LIII. Once again, from New England, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston had some stingers for the opposing team's J. Paul Getty ...

Painting On Loan In Europe From MFA Houston Is Nazi Loot, Claim Heirs

Houston Chronicle / February 2nd, 2019

A legal claim has been filed for an artwork currently on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to a museum in Germany. Heirs of French real estate developer Gaston Levy, who lost his massive collection of French Impressionist artworks to the Nazis in World War II, say ...

British Museum Director Calls Keeping Parthenon Sculptures a "Creative Act"

Ta Nea / January 29th, 2019

In an exclusive interview with Ta Nea, Greece's daily newspaper, the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, dismissed the latest uproar for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned to Greece. [Read backstory and ARTFIXdaily's opinion: Brexit Could Help the Case for Parthenon Sculptures ...