Brancusi Fetches Record-Setting $57 Million, Nazi-Seized Picasso Makes $45 Million at Christie's

  • May 16, 2017 20:32
Constantin Brancusi, La muse endormie (1913)

New York's auction "gigaweek" is underway with Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art offered over four days. Christie's started it off with a solid sale total of $289.2 million, above the $200 million expected. Two notable works soared of the 55 lots offered; in all 78 percent of the lots ...

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The Living Museum Within Bears Ears National Monument

  • May 15, 2017 20:42
Indian Creek and Cliffside, Bears Ears National Monument

Southeast Utah's Bears Ears National Monument has been called the "Sistine Chapel" of the West for its ancient wall etchings, notes the New York Times. Some 100,000 archaeological sites comprise this 1.3-million acre landscape known for its cultural significance as a living museum, its ...

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Edward Hopper Paintings Come to Life to Mark 50 Years Since the Artist's Death

  • May 14, 2017 19:58
Hopper, Nighthawks

May 15 marks the 50th anniversary of Edward Hopper's death. New York native Hopper (1882-1967) is widely regarded as one of the greatest American artists. His realist works---ranging from watercolors to printmaking and etching---capture the essence of the early decades of the 20th century.  In ...

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Resident Curator at the White House Will Leave His 'Dream Job' in June

  • May 11, 2017 18:04
The East Room of the White House, 1990s.

White House curator William G. Allman will retire on June 1, as first reported by CNN and announced officially on Tuesday in a White House statement issued from the East Wing. The curator is among the White House resident staff positions that are considered non-political. First lady Jacqueline ...

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Banksy Delivers First Anti-Brexit Mural on Dover Wall

  • BBC
  • May 08, 2017 22:41
Mural of EU flag, Dover, by Bansky

Street artist Banksy over the weekend left a new mural on a wall in the English city of Dover on the Channel. Posited overnight at the Dover ferry terminal, the image depicts a worker chiselling a star from the EU flag. Commentators pointed out on social media that the work is a bit late to ...

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Man Slashes $3 Million Painting in Aspen Gallery

  • Aspen Times
  • May 04, 2017 22:36
Screen shot from surveillance camera at Opera Gallery

An unidentified man entered an art gallery in Aspen, Colo., and slashed a painting with a blade on Tuesday. Wearing sunglasses and a hat, the bearded vandal lingered outside the Opera Gallery before entering to specifically harm the artwork by contemporary abstract artist Christopher Wool. ...

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Cab Driver Returns $1.6 Million Painting Left Behind in Paris Taxi

  • T+L
  • May 03, 2017 15:10
Lucio Fontana

An unidentified art dealer on his way to visit a client in Paris left behind a $1.6 million painting in the trunk of a taxi cab. The work is by Argentina-born Italian sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana, from his famed series of pierced abstractions entitled "Concetto spaziale.” Distracted by ...

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Spending Bill Proposes Uptick in Federal Arts Funding, For Now

  • Spending Bill
  • May 02, 2017 12:30
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin is a 2017 IMLS National Medal finalist for Museum and Library Service.  Woodson Art Museum volunteers guide school groups through galleries featuring changing exhibitions, artwork from the collection, and the sculpture garden.  Docents facilitate thoughtful dialogue through hands-on materials, storytelling, and interactive questions, and Museum educators and visiting artists lead hands-on art making.

A newly drafted government funding bill released on May 1 includes a small increase in funds for federal arts agencies that faced elimination under President Trump's FY ’18 blueprint. Congress will vote on the bipartisan spending bill this week, and it includes funding through the end of the ...

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Artist's WPA-Style Works of National Parks Imagine Effects of Climate Change in 2050

  • Hannah Rothstein
  • April 27, 2017 14:58
Hannah Rothstein, National Parks 2050

Berkeley-based artist Hannah Rothstein has created a series of vintage-style posters illustrating the effects of climate change on National Parks by 2050. Her images evoke government-funded 1930s art posters for the national park system - just with bleaker renditions of the landscapes. Despite ...

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IBM Watson Becomes Museum Guide

  • Ad week
  • April 19, 2017 13:19
Scene of Adolfo Pinto (pt)’s Family by José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior (1891)

Museum visitors can now talk to artificial intelligence and get real-time answers about the artwork they are viewing. IBM Watson has launched an interactive guide developed with Ogilvy Brazil that allows for speech recognition as visitors view art at Brazil's Pinacoteca de São Paulo Museum. ...

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Lawsuit Settled Against Art Historian in Knoedler Case

  • Art Newspaper
  • April 12, 2017 22:21
A fake Rothko painting that Sotheby's chairman Domenico De Sole and his wife bought at Knoedler and settled over in another claim against the gallery and its former director Ann Freedman.

One of ten lawsuits filed against now-defunct Knoedler gallery in New York has been settled out of court, first reported The Art Newspaper. Terms of the settlement in Manhattan federal court on April 11 were not disclosed. The painting in the claim was a fake Mark Rothko, one of 40 known fakes ...

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Tehran Gallerists Charged With Attempting to Overthrow Government

  • ArtForum
  • April 12, 2017 22:21
Evin House of Detention in Tehran

The owners of Tehran’s Aun Gallery, Iranian-American Karan Vafadari and his wife Afarin Niasari, were arrested several months ago, jailed in the notorious Evin Prison and have now been formally charged with attempting to overthrow the government, along with other crimes, reports Artforum. ...

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'Pink Star' Diamond Fetches Record $71.2 Million in Hong Kong

  • April 04, 2017 14:52

Huge and rare, the 59.60 carat 'Pink Star' is the largest polished diamond ever to go under the auction hammer. It sold for a record-breaking price to a telephone bidder at Sotheby's in Hong Kong on Tuesday. The final price for the fancy pink diamond, the highest grade, was 553 million Hong ...

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NEA Faces Threat of $15 Million in Budget Cuts For This Year

  • March 29, 2017 22:47
Thomas Hart Benton's colorful six-by-ten foot mural from 1975 was commissioned by Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with support from the NEA.  "The Sources of Country Music" portrays 17 nearly life-sized figures and illustrates the various cultural influences on country music, including a train, a steamboat, a black banjo player, country fiddlers and dulcimer players, hymn singers and square dancers.  The painting memorializes entertainer Tex Ritter as the singing cowboy on the

The Trump Administration released its budget plan for FY 2018 on March 16 with a proposal for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other agencies that serve the American people. On Monday, a further slashing was proposed to both the NEA ...

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Skyscraper Plans for Kushner Companies at 666 Fifth Avenue

  • Dezeen
  • March 28, 2017 15:24
Rendering for 666 Fifth Avenue

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a Kushner Companies skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue, four blocks from Trump Tower in New York. The plans calls for a rebuild of the 1950s office building with an addition of 40 stories hosting mixed-use space for offices, residential and hotel ...

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3 Museums Receive Gifts of Artwork from DuPont Collection

  • Philly
  • March 23, 2017 12:16
N.C.  Wyeth's Island Funeral

Prior to its merger with Dow Chemical, DuPont Co. is gifting nearly two dozen works by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth as well as other Brandywine River Valley-based artists to museums, reports The artwork was selected from a collection at the company's former Wilmington, Del., ...

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Art Basel's 2017 Global Art Market Report Released

  • Art Basel
  • March 22, 2017 14:09
Clare McAndrew

In Hong Kong, Art Basel and UBS released The Art Market, a new annual global art market analysis available for free download. Authored by Dr Clare McAndrew, The Art Market covers all aspects of the international market and highlights the most important developments in the previous year. ...

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U.S. Received Influx of $100 Million in Artifacts from Egypt and Turkey in 2016

  • Live Science
  • March 22, 2017 13:50
U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) repatriated five illegally smuggled ancient artifacts to the government of Egypt, including a mummy hand from the 8th century BCE, in Dec.  2016.

Live Science reports that about $50 million in artifacts were shipped from each Egypt and Turkey to the United States in 2016  — the highest annual value from each of those countries in at least 20 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau documents. Documents reveal that antique gold coins made ...

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National Academy Museum Buildings Return to Market in 3 Listings

  • Curbed NY
  • March 22, 2017 11:52
Interior of 3 East 89th Street

Financial needs placed the palatial Upper East Side mansions occupied by the National Academy Museum on the market last spring at $120 million. A buyer was not found and now Corcoran is marketing the properties differently, to be sold together for $78.5 million or as separate listings, reports ...

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White Artist's Painting of Emmett Till at Whitney Biennial Sparks Protests

  • Guardian
  • March 21, 2017 15:38
At the Whitney Biennal

A painting at the Whitney Biennial in New York has caused controversy and anger since it went on view Friday. African-American artist Parker Bright stood in front the painting Open Casket for hours over the weekend wearing a T-shirt with the words “No lynch mob” on the front, and “Black death ...

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