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

  • Independent
  • January 25, 2018 18:15
Maurizio Cattelan, America.

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 reported the ...

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Mennello Museum Features New York School Innovator Grace Hartigan

  • Mennello Museum
  • January 24, 2018 10:55
Grace Hartigan, Marilyn, 1962.

Through March 18, 2018, the Mennello Museum of American Art, in Orlando, is showing a collection of seminal works by New York School artist Grace Hartigan. "I have found my subject, it concerns that which is vulgar and vital in American life, and possibilities of its transcendence into the ...

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Paddle8 Merges with Swiss Tech Company

  • New York Times
  • January 23, 2018 10:39
Paddle8 advisors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss shown in a TV commerical for pistachios.  The pair famously sued Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook and are known as early advocates of Bitcoin.

Online auctioneer Paddle 8 is merging with a Swiss tech company called The Native, which specializes in e-commerce, reports the New York Times. The move comes after Paddle8's parent company, Auctionata, filed for bankruptcy last year. Paddle8 and The Native will focus on blockchain technology ...

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Titian Painting from the Collection of Charles I's Plumber at Auction

  • CNN
  • January 22, 2018 14:52
Titian, Saint Margaret

A Titian painting once owned by King Charles I of England and given to his plumber is set to hit the auction block in New York. Reports CNN: The six-and-a-half foot painting "Saint Margaret" was originally given to royal plumber John Embry following Charles I's execution in 1649 as part of a ...

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Most Members Quit National Park Service Advisory Panel in Protest

  • Washington Post
  • January 17, 2018 14:24
John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.  Muir wrote: "Any fool can destroy trees.  Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries ...  God has cared for these trees...but he cannot save them from fools -- only Uncle Sam can do that." - Our National Parks (1901) chapter 10.

This week, 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members have resigned, leaving the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks, reports the Washington Post. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, departing board chairman ...

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Google App Finds Your Face Match in Historical Paintings

  • Independent
  • January 15, 2018 21:15

Ever wondered what your doppelgänger looked like if painted by the likes of Gainsborough, Sargent or Picasso? Google's got an app for that. A new feature of the Google Arts and Culture App will match an image of your face with a painted portrait that looks like you. The app does not work in ...

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Cutting-Edge U.S. Embassy in London Opens Chock-Full of Art This Week

  • January 14, 2018 23:09
View southwest at the new U.S.  Embassy London in Nine Elms, across park.  Photographer: Richard Bryant/arcaidimages.com

The 1960s building that housed the U.S. embassy in London needed costly renovations and posed security risks in busy Mayfair, prompting a decision in 2007 to purchase a new site. Opening to the public on January 16, the new U.S. embassy resides in South London's Nine Elms area, below the Thames, ...

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Manhattan DA Seizes More Antiquities from Billionaire Collector

  • New York Times
  • January 06, 2018 16:47
A white ground oil vessel taken in the raid.

Antiquities that prosecutors say were looted from Greece and Italy were taken from the Manhattan home and office of billionaire collector Michael H. Steinhardt on Friday. Known for his Greek artifact collection and patronage of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hedge fund manager Steinhardt ...

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Giant Balloon Adrift from Art Installation Causes Chaos in London

  • Time Out
  • January 05, 2018 14:56

A giant inflatable balloon that went up in Oxford Circus to promote the Lumiere London art festival brought a bit of unexpected publicity for the event. When high winds picked up, the art installation came loose and tossled over the busy shopping district, during rush hour, causing havoc for ...

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Lawsuit Erupts Over George Inness Painting Consignment

  • Courthouse News Service
  • January 05, 2018 14:56
“Shades of Evening,” an 1877 oil painting by American landscape artist George Inness

An 1877 landscape painting by American artist George Inness is at the center of a dispute over its consigment to a gallery by the family's matriarch. Tennessee couple Richard and Becky Hearty filed a complaint in Cleveland. They contend that Richard J. Hearty Sr. gifted the piece to son Hearty ...

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La Salle University Faces Backlash Over Planned Sale of Artworks

  • Philly.com
  • January 04, 2018 21:47
Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925), Sandy Hollow, Manchester, Massachusetts, 1877, is set to be sold by La Salle University.

La Salle University in Philadelphia announced plans this week to sell 46 artworks from its museum collections to help fund teaching and learning initiatives, according to school officials. The art, includings works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Georges Rouault, and Albert Gleizes, could ...

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The Most Popular Art News Stories on ARTFIXdaily in 2017

  • December 30, 2017 15:17
"Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities," a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.  Sandro Botticelli and workshop, Venus (detail), about 1484–90.  Oil on canvas, transferred from panel.  Galleria Sabauda, Turin.  lnv.  172.

Top art news stories in 2017 included: Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi Sold for a Mind-Boggling Record Art Price of $450.3 Million The Jesus portrait will head to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but it's still unclear whether the Saudi crown prince bought it as a gift for the museum, or if it's a loan, or if ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed from Dec. 18 to 31 - Happy Holidays!

  • December 14, 2017 20:48
The Singing Tree is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London through Jan.  6.

ARTFIXdaily will closed from Dec. 18 to 31, with e-newsletter service resuming on January 1, 2018. Thank you to our readers and ArtGuild members for contributing to an art-filled world in 2017! Happy Holidays! IMAGE SHOWN: Set designer Es Devlin is known for the kinetic illuminated stage ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed through Thursday, Dec. 14

  • December 11, 2017 23:37
A painted version of actress Saoirse Ronan as Marguerite Gachet in the film “Loving Vincent.”

ARTFIXdaily will be closed through this Thursday, Dec. 14, and e-newsletter service will return to inboxes on Friday, Dec. 15. The closure will resume Dec. 18-31. Happy Holidays!

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The Getty, Skirball Cultural Center Close Under Wildfire Threat

  • LA Times
  • December 06, 2017 14:17
View of Skirball Fire near the Getty Center.  via Twitter, Melissa Castro‏ @Healthgap_mila

The Getty Center closed to protect its art collections on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as several fast-moving wildfires raged in Southern California.  Erupting after destructive fires to the north have forced mass evacuations, the Skirball Fire shut down the I-405 early Wednesday morning. ...

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New Twists in 'Salvator Mundi' Tale as the Jesus Portrait Heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • December 06, 2017 13:04
Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

UPDATE, Sunday: Initial reports last week that the world's most expensive painting sold to a little-known Saudi prince have raised more questions about its new ownership. Reports claimed the 32-year-old Prince Bader bought the painting on behalf of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a ...

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George Washington's Diamond Eagle Medal On Display With Newly-Discovered 7-Foot Watercolor in Philadelphia Exhibition

  • December 06, 2017 12:26
The Diamond Eagle presented to George Washington

The Diamond Eagle — an exquisite jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington — is now on display in Philadelphia for the first time since it was presented to Washington in the city 233 years ago, and it will be shown this winter with a rare, newly-found Revolutionary War-era ...

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Lubaina Himid is First Non-White Woman, and the Oldest Person, to Win Turner Prize

  • Guardian
  • December 05, 2017 20:31
Lubaina Himid, 2017.  Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens Photo: Edmund Blok for Modern Art Oxford

Britain's prestigious Turner Prize, awarded in contemporary art, has named its 2017 recipient--an artist who has worked for decades. The winner is Tanzania-born and Lancashire-based Lubaina Himid, age 63, and her challenging pieces, such as crockery painted with scenes of slavery from Britain’s ...

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

  • December 04, 2017 14:53
David Driskell, "Ghetto Wall #2," 1970.  Oil, acrylic, and collage on linen, 60.0 × 50.0 (in).  DC Moore Gallery, at Art Basel Miami Beach, Survey, S6.

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 Miami with The ...

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Trump Drastically Reduces Two National Monuments

  • New York Times
  • December 04, 2017 13:35
Puebloan granary in the Bears Ears National Monument

We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune. — Teddy Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt's Antiquities Act was meant to give federal protections to historical, natural and ...

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