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Take an Online Tour of 'Fantastic Women' to Explore Works by the Hidden Heroines of Surrealism

ArtfixDaily / July 26th, 2020

Goddess, she-devil, doll, fetish, child-woman or wonderful dream crea­ture – in various guises, women were the central subject of male Surre­alist fantasies. Women artists initially found their way into the circle surrounding André Breton, the founder of the Surre­alist group, as compan­ions or ...

Art Nouveau Ceramics, Scheherazade in Gilded Age Art and an Artist's White House Coming Up at the Crocker

ArtfixDaily / July 25th, 2020

While the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif., is currently closed and preparing to reopen, a suite of new summer exhibitions await visitors. A major exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of California artist Wayne Thiebaud is also planned for the fall. "Al Farrow: The White House" is ...

One-Third of U.S. Arts Institutions May Close This Year; PPP Loans Lagged Behind the Billions in Losses

ArtfixDaily / July 23rd, 2020

A survey released by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) this week relayed a bleak outlook for U.S. arts institutions during ongoing pandemic-produced shutdowns: one-third expect that they could close completely this year.  From responses taken from 760 museum directors, 33 percent ...

New York City Wants Locals to Get Out and Enjoy Free Public Art Programs With a New Digital Resource

ArtfixDaily / July 23rd, 2020

NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City, has just launched All In NYC: Public Art Edition, showcasing dozens of free, public art programs across the City for New Yorkers now, and eventually ...

Police Discover Roman Antiquities in a Seafood Store

CNN / July 23rd, 2020

A routine inspection of fish storage facilities yielded a surprising find for police in Spain. A cache of 13 Roman amphorae, along with a metal anchor from the 18th century, were found with fish products at a store in Alicante. The store owners are now under investigation for possessing ...

UPDATE: Kidnapped German Art Curator Hella Mewis Is Rescued In Iraq

Deutsche Welle / July 21st, 2020

(Update 7/24/20) An Iraqi security official cited by the Associated Press said German art curator Hella Mewis was released in a security operation outside Baghdad. A German art curator was kidnapped on Monday night by unidentified miltants in Baghdad, according to multiple reports. ...

6 Leading Artists Will Present Work for the 2nd Edition of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center 

ArtfixDaily / July 21st, 2020

Frieze and Tishman Speyer have announced a special exhibition of site-specific works by six renowned artists, which will comprise the second year of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center. Usually held in the spring as part of the wider programming of Frieze New York, Frieze Sculpture at ...

Multiple Allegations Swirl Around Director of Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit News / July 20th, 2020

Salvador Salort-Pons, director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, is at the center of a host of accusations — a charge of nepotism involving the loans of artwork, and allegations regarding his management style, hiring practices and racial mistreatment of current and former staffers, reports the ...

25 Chinese and American Artists Exhibited Together in 'Matter + Spirit'

ArtfixDaily / July 17th, 2020

A new online exhibition showcases contemporary Chinese and American artists at Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Montecito, Calif. Matter + Spirit: A Chinese/American Exhibition (through August 15) showcases the work of 25 artists involved in a cross-cultural program promoting creative ...

See How Robert Reich Wove Thomas Cole Paintings Into A Final Class For 2020 UC Berkeley Graduates

ArtfixDaily / July 17th, 2020

"You're going to have to design the hoops you jump through," former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich tells his final class in the last semester at UC Berkeley. He later asks the 2020 graduates to consider: "The question is when you get to this stage what do you want, what do you want to look back ...

A Redesign of the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Stirs Controversy

New York Times / July 18th, 2020

The Hirshhorn museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, announced a redesign of its sculpture garden in 2019, noting that the garden needed infrastructure repairs, better accessibility and refreshed galleries. Japanese artist and architect Horishi Sugimoto was enlisted to revitalize the ...

Longtime Director of Minnesota Museum of American Art Is 'Released From Her Position'

Star Tribune / July 16th, 2020

Gregory Page, Board Chair of the M (Minnesota Museum of American Art) announced on July 14 that Kristin Makholm has been released from her position as Executive Director of the M after serving for more than a decade. “An Interim Director will be announced shortly, and the Board will begin a ...

'Driven to Abstraction' Documentary on the Knoedler Art Scandal Premieres On Digital Platforms in August

ArtfixDaily / July 16th, 2020

Directed by Daria Price, the documentary Driven to Abstraction will be released on select digital platforms (Amazon, Grasshopper Film) on August 28th. Driven to Abstraction unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud — the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world ...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Reopens August 29 With 'Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle' and More

ArtfixDaily / July 15th, 2020

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it will reopen to visitors on Saturday, August 29. The Met has been closed since March 13, 2020, and had previously not been closed for more than three days in over a century. Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Met, commented, "Perhaps now ...

Adding to Its Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries, Crystal Bridges Acquires a Collection of Native American Art

ArtfixDaily / July 15th, 2020

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art last week announced the acquisition of 31 modern and contemporary artworks by 25 Native American artists from the Bruce Hartman collection in Kansas City, Missouri. The collection of 30 paintings and one sculpture date from the 1920s to 2000 and include ...

Timely Exhibitions 'Just Connect,' 'Alien vs. Citizen' Debut and More Ahead at MCA Chicago

ArtfixDaily / July 14th, 2020

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago plans to reopen to the public on Friday, July 24, 2020, after several months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the museum website for visitor guidelines and to make online reservations in advance. MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn says, ...

Preview a Stunning Historic Millard Sheets Mosaic Mural Recently Gifted to a California Museum

ArtfixDaily / July 14th, 2020

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum has preserved an historic Millard Sheets mosaic mural for future generations and captures the de-installation in this mini-documentary. Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum of Cal State Long Beach has announced the acquisition of ...

Want to Get Lost Inside Art?: These Immersive Exhibitions Are Pulling In New Audiences

ArtfixDaily / July 14th, 2020

Paris-based Culturespaces creates immersive digital exhibitions at varied sites worldwide and manages arts and heritage sites across France. Millions have stepped into the private company's digital art centers, showcasing works by such artists as Marc Chagall, Yves Klein, Claude Monet and Vincent ...

France Reveals Plans to Restore Notre-Dame Cathedral As It Was

ArtfixDaily / July 13th, 2020

The Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt as it was before fire consumed part of the Paris landmark last year, a commission announced on Thursday. While contemporary designs were at first considered to replace the destroyed spire, the 19th-century design by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc will be ...

Iconic Hagia Sophia Converted From Museum Back to Mosque

T+L / July 13th, 2020

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul had been designated a mosque after several decades functioning as a museum. The popular tourist destination will still be open to travelers and locals, according to the Turkish state. Following a court decision, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered that ...