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Take a Ten-Minute Forest Bath on Earth Day With These Artworks From the NGA's 'True to Nature' Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / April 21st, 2020

While April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations, artists over centuries have trekked outdoors to create landscape sketches that capture the magnificence of nature and offer an enduring homage to Earth's beauty. An integral part of art education in the late 18th and early ...

William H. Gerdts, Giant in the Field of American Art, Remembered

ArtfixDaily / April 20th, 2020

"What led Americans to value their own art? One could be very crass about it and say that when Americans could no longer afford the Monets and the Cézannes, then they started buying the Childe Hassams. Money was one factor...But there is also an element of national pride." - William H. Gerdts in ...

Figge Art Museum Wants You to Recreate Its Art in 'Getting Figge With It' Challenge

ArtfixDaily / April 20th, 2020

In the wake of the very popular Getty Challenge that invited people to post artwork re-creations on social media, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, has launched the “Getting Figge With It” challenge. Like the Getty's challenge, which was inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and ...

USPS Unveils New Stamps Featuring Artist Ruth Asawa's Signature Sculptures

ArtfixDaily / April 19th, 2020

The United States Postal Service has revealed a forthcoming stamp design for 2020 featuring the undulating mesh wire sculptures of pioneering Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013).  Each pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs, along with a photograph of Asawa taken ...

Take a Peek at Isabella Stewart Gardner's Bright Birthday Tradition at Her Museum

ArtfixDaily / April 15th, 2020

Since 1904, a vibrant display of nasturtiums has marked Isabella Stewart Gardner's birthday in her eponymous museum's iconic courtyard in Boston. Get a glimpse... While the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is temporarily closed in response to COVID-19 concerns, the museum has shared a video ...

Relax With Over 16,000 Great Artworks Online from the Yale Center for British Art

ArtfixDaily / April 15th, 2020

The Yale Center for British Art has announced their latest contribution of collections data and images to Google Arts & Culture, which allows the public to explore collections from around the world. The publication of 16,392 works through Google’s online platform represents an increase of ...

Dr. John Driscoll, Renowned American Art Specialist, Remembered

ArtfixDaily / April 14th, 2020

Dr. John Driscoll, owner of Driscoll Babcock Galleries in New York, passed away from COVID-19 on Friday, April 10, 2020. The gallery has provided this obituary written by Glenn Adamson: A giant has passed from the art world – a world that he loved so well, with an intensity and integrity rare ...

What’s Old is New: The Antique Dealers’ Association of America Revives Online Show

ArtfixDaily / April 10th, 2020

The Antique Dealers' Association of America (ADA) is reviving their popular online show platform amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it was announced by ADA President, Steven S. Powers. ADA is the largest member-based antiques trade organization in the United States, founded in 1984. The health crisis ...

Revel in Fabulous Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2020

Easter eggs are among the most fabled and intricately-crafted treasures from the firm of Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), the legendary jeweler to the court of Russia. Fabergé’s extraordinary Imperial Eggs with hidden surprises inside were commissioned as Easter gifts from the last two Tsars for ...

(UPDATE) Christie's Fined $16.7 Million by Manhattan DA

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2020

(Updated 4/10/20 with Christie's statement below) Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced Thursday "the resolution of an investigation into Christie's auction house for failing to register to collect and to collect New York and local sales tax between 2013 to 2017," according to a ...

Go On a Virtual Tour of Thomas Jayne's Soho Loft on House Beautiful's Live Instagram, Tuesday, April 14

ArtfixDaily / April 8th, 2020

House Beautiful has been developing a creative mix of live events for its Instagram feed focused around conversations, tips and tours with top designers across the country. Thomas Jayne is on the schedule for Tuesday April 14th (time to be set) when he will take over ...

U.S. Arts Organizations Have Already Lost $4.5 Billion During Coronavirus Crisis, Per Study

Americans for the Arts / April 8th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost U.S. arts and cultural organizations an estimated total of $4.5 billion since a survey began 3 weeks ago, according to data collected by Americans for the Arts. Some 11,500 organizations have responded to the study so far and reported losses of a median $38,000 ...

Museum Survey Details Impact of Closures and Results of Digital Initiatives

NEMO survey / April 7th, 2020

A new survey released by the Network of European Museum Organizations (NEMO) looks at data from museums in Europe and worldwide detailing current impacts of the coronavirus crisis. With most museums now closed, the survey aims to assess issues being faced and paths forward for arts ...

Virtual View: A Springtime Awakening with Selected Works from Hawthorne Fine Art

ArtfixDaily / April 7th, 2020

In celebration of the warmth and rejuvenation of the Springtime, New York's Hawthorne Fine Art presents an online viewing devoted to the beauty of the season. As a season representing renewal and rebirth, many American artists took inspiration from spring’s botanical splendor and explored the ...

Online Auction of Doris Day Estate Items Catapults to $3 Million, 10 Times Pre-Sale Low Estimate

Variety, for photos of Doris Day / April 6th, 2020

An online auction of memorabilia and estate items from popular mid-20th century singer and actress Doris Day fetched nearly $3 million over the weekend, far above its $300,000 to $600,000 pre-sale estimate range, at Julien’s Auctions. Top lots included a classic 1930 Ford convertible from the ...

Starry Nights: Visions of the Night Sky—Wildling Museum Online Exhibit Explores Nocturne Painting, Astrophotography and Light Pollution

ArtfixDaily / April 5th, 2020

If you're enjoying the Pink Supermoon this week, pair your lunar looking with some nocturnes in art. The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang, California, offers a dazzling virtual view of its exhibition Starry Nights: Visions of the Night Sky. The expanse of the open night sky has ...

Sotheby's 20th Century Design Sale Brings Record Online at $4 Million

ArtfixDaily / April 5th, 2020

A Sotheby’s auction last week brought a total of $4 million, the highest-ever result for an online sale of 20th century design. The sale, which was moved from live to online, pushed past its high estimate by more than 25 percent. Highlights included a “Moorish” Twisted Wire Chandelier created ...

3 Kid-Friendly Projects from Museums To Do During School Closures

ArtfixDaily / April 4th, 2020

Sudden homeschooling takes a lot of juggling and tech support from parents who are trying to work from home, or are scrambling to keep their families afloat, during coronavirus lockdown orders. Museums have some answers for this scenario in the form of free activities online that will take kids ...

David C. Driskell, Artist and African American Art Scholar, Remembered

ArtfixDaily / April 2nd, 2020

David C. Driskell passed away on April 1st 2020 at the age of 88. From the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland: One of the world's leading authorities on the subject of African ...

Sotheby's, Christie's Furlough Staff; and the Shift to Digital and Private Sales Accelerates

Observer / April 2nd, 2020

Due to the sudden loss of sales from live auctions and logistical challenges during the evolving coronavirus crisis, Sotheby’s will be furloughing 12 percent of its staff, about 200 people, first reported the Wall Street Journal. Christie’s will be furloughing some staff in Europe, laying off ...