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 Philly.com. 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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David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Art Collector, Remembered

  • March 20, 2017 18:32
Paul Cézanne’s Still Life with Fruit Dish (1879–80), a fractional gift from Rockefeller to MoMA.

Billionaire banker David Rockefeller died Monday morning at the age of 101. The last living grandson of oil mogul John D. Rockefeller, David Rockefeller made his own reputation over several decades as a banker, philanthropist, art collector, world traveler and influencer in political and ...

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Advocates Speak Up for Saving the National Endowment for the Arts

  • March 16, 2017 11:38
The Sioux Falls Arts Council in South Dakota used their NEA Our Town grant to revitalize the Whittier neighborhood of the city by bringing renowned muralist Dave Loewenstein (near center, wearing hat) to work with more than 250 community members to create The World Comes to Whittier, a 150-foot-long mural of the history and culture of the neighborhood.  Photo by Nicholas Ward, courtesy of Sioux Falls Arts Council.

With Thursday's official White House release of a $1.1 trillion federal budget blueprint featuring $54 billion in cuts and increased defense spending, America's culture programs are among the many casualties in the proposal set before Congress. Proposed agency eliminations include the National ...

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Versailles to Expand Contemporary Art Program With 10 Artists

  • Le Figaro
  • March 15, 2017 15:17
Latona's Fountain, Versailles

Château de Versailles introduced its contemporary art program a decade ago with a solo exhibition of one artist each year. Director Catherine Pégard has announced that Versailles will this year expand the program to feature ten contemporary artists at a time in exhibitions. Massive ...

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Chocolate Museum Opens in New York

  • Conde Nast
  • March 08, 2017 12:55
The morning chocolate by Pietro Longhi; Venice, 1775–1780

On the heels of the very popular pop-up Museum of Ice Cream, a chocolate museum has arrived in Lower Manhattan. This new destination in SoHo (350 Hudson St.) offers chocolate aficionados an in-depth history of cacao, and all its accoutrements, including early artifacts used for drinking. And it ...

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Mosul Museum Retaken by Iraqi Forces

  • Reuters
  • March 07, 2017 22:44
Video still of ISIS militant damaging the Assyrian winged bull.

Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured the main government building in Mosul, the central bank branch and the museum where three years ago the militants filmed themselves destroying priceless statues, reports Reuters. Dozens of Islamic State fighters were killed in an overnight raid, according to ...

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Three Notable Art Exhibitions to View on International Women's Day

  • March 07, 2017 22:40
Photograph of Frida Kahlo painting a portrait of her father, by Gisele Greund, 1951.

International Women’s Day is March 8 and it can be an opportunity for appreciating women in the arts with a museum visit. Here are three major exhibitions across the U.S. on view now (check venues for timed ticket availability): Over 6,000 black-and-white photographs — Frida Kahlo's personal ...

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$59 Million Klimt Painting Tops Record-Setting Auction in London

  • March 02, 2017 12:02
Gustav Klimt, Flower Garden

Sotheby’s 54-lot sale of Impressionist, Modern, and Surrealist art Wednesday night brought a total £195 million ($241 million), the highest total for any single auction in London. The pre-sale estimated value for the sale was £150/180 million.  Topping the night, Gustav Klimt's rare landscape ...

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Son of Nazi Governor Returns Looted Artworks to Poland

  • Guardian
  • February 27, 2017 20:24
Painting of the Potocki Palace in Kraków by the 19th-century Polish countess Julia Potocka.  Photograph: Polish Government

Horst Wächter, the 78-year-old son of a notorious SS general, has returned artworks taken decades ago by his parents from a museum collection in Poland. On Sunday, he attended a ceremony in Kraków at which three stolen works were returned to the Polish government, reports the Guardian. The works ...

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Andrea Rosen Closes Her New York Gallery, Cites Need to be 'Responsive to Our Times'

  • February 22, 2017 17:16
Andrea Rosen

Gallerist Andrea Rosen surprised the New York art world with an announcement on Tuesday that she will be closing her eponymous gallery in Chelsea after 27 years. “I have come to realize that in order for me to be fearlessly open and responsive to our times and the future, [it] requires ...

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Desert X Installs Site-Specific Artworks to Discover in California's Coachella Valley

  • W Magazine about the Desert X artists
  • February 22, 2017 17:01
Joshua Tree National Park

An exciting new art project of the Desert Biennial, a nonprofit steering committee and charitable organization that promotes art and the local environment, will pop up in California's Coachella Valley this month. Desert X, from Feb. 25 to April 30, 2017, will populate indoor and outdoor ...

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Art Dealer Eric Spoutz Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Fraud

  • Art Newspaper
  • February 20, 2017 17:06
Eric I.  Spoutz lecturing at a museum in Los Angeles in 2012

Michigan art dealer Eric Spoutz has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for wire fraud charges in an elaborate scheme to sell fake artworks passed off as by modern American artists. His sentencing also includes three years supervised release and the forfeiture of $1.45m of “ill-gotten gains” he ...

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