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Thomas W. Sokolowski, Former Andy Warhol Museum Director, Remembered

Post Gazette / May 10th, 2020

Thomas W. Sokolowski, longtime director of the Andy Warhol Museum, died May 6 following a seizure that caused major brain damage. He was 70. Sokolowski was one of the founders of Visual AIDS, the New York nonprofit that raised awareness about HIV in the 1980s and began the impactful Day ...

Escape With This Virtual 'Art in Bloom': American Paintings + Filoli Garden

ArtfixDaily / April 28th, 2020

{{image}} Spring is not cancelled. Just around the corner, select historic properties with ample walking trails and gardens in the U.S. will reopen after temporary closures during the health crisis, while many others can be strolled virtually with websites and social media channels. (Call the ...

Listen In as U.S. Museum Leaders Discuss Pandemic Repercussions

ArtfixDaily / May 6th, 2020

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was swift and confusing, with breaking news and information about the virus changing by the hour. Around the world, art museums had to make difficult decisions. In a two-part series, six US museum directors discuss with J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO ...

1stdibs Founder Michael Bruno Launches Tastemakers Guide Showcasing Upstate NY Arts Destinations and Small Businesses

ArtfixDaily / May 6th, 2020

Art and design world veteran and 1stdibs founder, Michael Bruno has launched a new online platform, Tastemakers Guide, aimed at supporting small businesses in Upstate New York. The site features a curated selection of 300 businesses in the art, design, antiques, cultural and natural worlds that ...

Snapchat Partners With Damien Hirst on Spin Painting AR Lens to Benefit Relief Efforts

ArtfixDaily / May 5th, 2020

Snapchat has teamed up with Damien Hirst on an augmented reality lens that allows users to create their own spin paintings in the artist's style. Users can pour virtual paint on spinning "canvases," and then add their completed Snaps to Snapchat’s Our Story, in an ongoing virtual gallery of ...

Spend 11 Minutes at the Eames House With This 1955 Short Film Made by the Designer Couple

ArtfixDaily / May 5th, 2020

A landmark of mid-century modernist architecture, the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles is not open to visitors right now, but can be toured anytime with a short film made by the homeowners themselves—designers Ray and Charles Eames. Eames House, also called Case Study ...

LA Times Art Critic Christopher Knight Wins Pulitzer Prize

ArtfixDaily / May 4th, 2020

For his analysis of Los Angeles County Museum of Art's redesign plans, Los Angeles Times’s art critic Christopher Knight has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.  Few awards have gone to art critics in the past 50 years of journalism's top prize, which honored New York's Jerry Saltz ...

40 Million People Soak In #MuseumSunshine With a Two Week Pattern of Warm Artworks

ArtfixDaily / May 4th, 2020

On April 21, the New-York Historical Society and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., partnered "to brighten social media feeds" by sharing sunny artworks with people during the dark days of coronavirus stay-at-home orders. Within just over a week, some 3,000 users ...

Olana Reveals a Surprise for Everyone on the 194th Birthday of Artist Frederic Edwin Church

ArtfixDaily / May 4th, 2020

“Olana is the monument of Emerson’s, Thoreau’s, and Whitman’s America.”  - David Huntington, the visionary art historian who led the charge to save Olana from destruction in the 1960s This May 4th marked the 194th birthday of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), America's seminal landscape ...

View the Entire $100 Million Gift of Artworks to the Cleveland Museum of Art in March

ArtfixDaily / May 3rd, 2020

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) in March received a gift and promised gift of more than 100 Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings, drawings, and prints; Chinese and Japanese ceramics; and other works of art from the collection of Clevelanders Joseph P. ...

Step Inside the Smithsonian Exhibition Revealing One Prussian Explorer’s Profound Impact on American Identity

ArtfixDaily / May 3rd, 2020

Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture is the first exhibition to examine Humboldt’s impact on five spheres of American cultural development: the visual arts, sciences, literature, politics and exploration, between 1804 and 1903. The exhibition was installed at the ...

Antiques Dealers' Association Online Show a Success Driven By New Client Sales

ArtfixDaily / May 1st, 2020

The eighth edition of the Antiques Dealers' Association (ADA) online show was a resounding success. Before opening on April 24th, 200 visitors were already in the website's 'waiting room,' and another 200 visitors arrived within the first two minutes of being live. All were eager to shop more ...

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 ...