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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 ...

New Renderings Released for the $650 Million LACMA Building

Urbanize LA / April 30th, 2019

New renderings were published for LACMA's controversial building plan, reported Urbanize LA. The $650-million project replaces the museum's two oldest buildings with a street-straddling structure designed by architect Peter Zumthor.  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors green-lighted ...

Experts Urge French President to 'Take the Time' on Notre-Dame Restoration

Le Figaro / April 30th, 2019

After the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that the iconic landmark would be rebuilt by 2024, in time for the Summer Olympics in Paris. Even with over a billion dollars already pledged for rebuilding, many experts have chimed in ...

The Clark Demands German Far-Right Party Stops Using Its Art in Posters

CBS / April 30th, 2019

A 19th-century artwork that resides in a U.S. museum collection has been used in political posters by a German far-right political party, and the museum is not having it. "Slave Market," an 1866 canvas by Jean-Leon Gerome, depicts a black slave trader showing a young, naked, lighter-skinned ...

An Important Book of Botanical Drawings Is Rediscovered in New York After Nearly 200 Years

National Geographic / April 29th, 2019

A book of exquisitely-rendered scientific drawings depicting Cuban botany was thought to be "lost" until one intrepid researcher rediscovered it in a New York library. Specimens of the Plants & Fruits of the Island of Cuba by Mrs. A.K. Wollstonecraft was tucked away in Cornell University's ...

Dutch Company Proposes to Rebuild Notre Dame Using 3D Printing

Dezeen / April 28th, 2019

A firm in the Netherlands that specializes in 3D printing has a plan to rebuild parts of Notre Dame that were consumed by fire on April 15. Rotterdam-based Concr3de specializes in using 3D printing technology and proposes to recreate the destroyed areas of the over 850-year-old French ...

Stolen Paul Signac Painting Discovered in Ukraine

Daily Beast / April 25th, 2019

An Impressionist painting stolen from a museum in France was found in the Ukraine home of a man being investigated for murder. Valued at $1.7 million, Paul Signac's 1915 work, titled Port de La Rochelle, was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France, last year. The work was ...

Art Detective Pushes the IRA Theory in Gardner Art Heist

Boston Herald / April 22nd, 2019

Dutch art detective Arthur Brand told the Boston Herald that he's been in touch with the IRA, following up on one theory that 13 priceless paintings stolen in the world's biggest art heist have been hidden in Ireland for 3 decades.  The March 1990 crime left the world without the ...

The Extraordinary 'Journeys' of Artist-Explorer Tony Foster Remind Us That Every Day is Earth Day

ArtfixDaily / April 21st, 2019

“It was about the human need to revere certain natural places in the world.”— Tony Foster says of his art. British artist-explorer Tony Foster (b. 1946) might seem like a relic of the past with his 19th-century style of highly-detailed watercolor landscapes. Yet Foster's work has special ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed April 14 to 19

ArtfixDaily / April 14th, 2019

ARTFIXdaily is closed April 14 to 19 during a redesign of some features. Subscribers can look for the next e-newsletter on April 22. A buzzworthy exhibition on view now: Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling National Museum of the Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, through July 28, ...

Salvador Dalí Museum Plans a $38 Million Expansion With More Augmented Reality Exhibits

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2019

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, has announced plans for a major $38 million expansion. Around $30 million of that estimated cost would go to constuction of a new wing with 20,000 square feet for community spaces and digital exhibits. One expense will be 'Digital Dalí,' an ...

L.A. County Supervisors Approve Funds for the $650 Million New LACMA Building

LAist / April 9th, 2019

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to provide $117.5 million in county funding to move forward LACMA's new building plan. The total cost estimate for the project is $650 million, to be largely culled from private donations. Art-loving actors Brad Pitt and ...

Cottingley Fairies Photos from An Early 20th Century Viral Hoax Hit the Auction Block

Guardian / April 3rd, 2019

"Photographs of what is considered to be one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century are expected to fetch nearly £70,000 when they are sold at auction," reports The Guardian. "Pictures of the Cottingley Fairies were taken in July and September 1917 by the 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her ...

Where In the World Is 'Salvator Mundi'?

New York Times / March 31st, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ painted as 'Savior of the World,' was called a rediscovered masterpiece...and now its location is unknown. This artwork's bizarre saga involves an image of Jesus getting a near-half-billion dollar world record auction price from a Saudi bidder at ...

Museums Reject Sackler Donations As New York Adds Another Lawsuit Naming Family Members

New York Times / March 28th, 2019

The billionaire Sackler family faces a fresh lawsuit from the state of New York over the role of some of its members in the opioid crisis. As owners of Purdue Pharma, makers of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, several Sackler family members are under scrutiny for aggressively marketing a ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed March 18 to 22

ArtfixDaily / March 17th, 2019

ARTFIXdaily is closed this week for maintenance. E-newsletter service will resume on March 25. This week: Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine, has on view (to March 20) a tribute to the California Coast entitled Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode the California ...

This Week: A Stolen-Found De Kooning Resurfaces, and Police Fool Thieves With Fake Brueghel

ArtfixDaily / March 14th, 2019

Willem de Kooning's 'Woman-Ochre,' recently rediscovered in an estate sale after being stolen from a museum in 1985, will finally see the light of day. Said to be worth $100 million, the painting was found for sale by a New Mexico antiques dealer in 2017. It had been cut from its frame and ...

Silicon Valley Plans to Erect a Monument to Itself

The Atlantic / March 11th, 2019

Silicon Valley has a new initiative underway for a landmark that speaks to the tech hub's influence.  Mounting "techlash" over the role Facebook and other companies have in undermining public life are behind this need for Silicon Valley to "cement its legacy in the built environment," ...

Another Year Passes Without National Medal of Arts Awards

ArtfixDaily / March 5th, 2019

The White House's prestigious annual recognition of American artists, the National Medal of Arts awards, have not been announced or given since President Trump took office in January 2017. This represents the longest gap between ceremonies since the founding of the award in 1985. The arts have ...

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 ...