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Innovative Artist Ruth Asawa Noted With a Google Doodle

ArtfixDaily / May 1st, 2019

Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was highlighted with a Google Doodle (in some countries) on Wednesday as May kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The Google feature would have exposed Asawa's work to millions of people. The doodle above the Google search bar depicts ...

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 ...

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 ...

Desert X 2019 Is Back And Featuring Artists From Jenny Holzer to Superflex

ArtfixDaily / January 28th, 2019

Desert X, the contemporary art biennial in various locations across California's arid Coahcella Valley, is back from Feb. 9 to April 21, 2019. The first edition of this free, curated exhibition of large-scale artworks drew around 200,000 people in 2017. A "Desert X 2017'' catalog will be ...

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 ...

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 ...

Easter Islanders Ask British Museum for Return of Moai Statue

Guardian / October 24th, 2018

From the Guardian: Easter Island’s indigenous people have asked Chile’s government to help them recover a unique Moai statue removed 150 years ago and now kept in the British Museum in London. The seven-foot-tall (2.4-metre) Hoa Hakananai’a sculpture was removed from the island by Richard ...

Sculptor and Rockefeller Scion Allegedly Helped Russian Interests

Bloomberg / July 29th, 2018

From Bloomberg: A scion of the Rockefeller clan, George D. O’Neill Jr., was one of the U.S. conservatives who allegedly helped Mariia Butina’s efforts to build a secret line of communication back to the Kremlin, judging by details in recent U.S. filings. O’Neill, a 68-year-old sculptor and a ...

Gallery Owner Arrested for Placing 11-Foot Drug Spoon Sculpture Outside Purdue Pharma

Hartford Courant / June 24th, 2018

From the Hartford Courant: A Stamford, Connecticut, art gallery owner was arrested and charged with a criminal misdemeanor and a felony Friday morning after dropping an 800-pound steel sculpture of a bent, burnt heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma, a top manufacturer of opioids, and then ...

Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

ArtfixDaily / June 20th, 2018

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced this week that the Southern California institution will close its doors. On June 13, at a PMCA Board meeting, Chairman Jim Crawford recommended that the museum close after the current exhibitions ...

20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

ArtfixDaily / June 6th, 2018

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

UK's Corbyn Backs Returning Parthenon Sculptures to Greece

Independent / June 4th, 2018

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would return the Parthenon sculptures to Greece if elected Prime Minister, he said in an interview with Greek newspaper Ta Nea. Corbyn believes the sculptures, also called the Elgin Marbles, "belong to Greece." The international cultural agency UNESCO ...

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 ...

First Statue of a Woman Enters London's Parliament Square

NPR / April 24th, 2018

The first statue of a woman, and the first to be created by a female artist, went up in London's Parliament Square on Tuesday. For 150 years, monuments to only male statesmen have populated the square, including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and seven others. ...

Artwork from La Salle University Collection Hits the Auction Block

The Inquirer / April 18th, 2018

Philadelphia's La Salle University is unloading a trove of 46 American and European artworks from its museum collections through Christie's in a series of sales beginning in New York this week. School trustees say the sale proceeds will fund initiatives from La Salle University’s five-year ...

Robert Indiana's Sculptural 'LOVE' Returns to Philadelphia, Descends on Hong Kong

ArtfixDaily / February 13th, 2018

In time for Valentine's Day, Robert Indiana's iconic 'LOVE' sculpture returned to the City of Brotherly Love. The piece was paraded on a flatbed truck around Philadelphia on Tuesday before its reinstallation at John F. Kennedy Plaza, known as LOVE Park, which is undergoing a ...

White House Loan Request for Van Gogh Countered with Gold Toilet Offer

Independent / January 25th, 2018

The White House reportedly requested a loan of a Vincent van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Since Van Gogh’s 1888 Landscape With Snow could not be loaned, the museum responded that it could instead offer an 18 karat gold sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan, first ...

From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

ArtfixDaily / December 4th, 2017

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in ...

Teddy Roosevelt Statue Defaced Outside Museum

New York Times / October 26th, 2017

Activists used red paint to deface the base of a bronze Theodore Roosevelt monument at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan early Thursday morning. "Roosevelt was an open white supremacist and imperialist who is still lionized by the museum and the city plaza ...

45-Foot Female Sculpture Could Head to National Mall

New York Times / October 3rd, 2017

Organizers of an annual vigil held at DC's National Mall plan to temporarily move a 45-foot sculpture of a female nude there to face the White House as part of a November gathering of activists. The "R-Evolution" sculpture stands tall in mountain pose, a yoga posture, and was first created ...