ARTFIXdaily Closed through Thursday, Dec. 14

  • December 11, 2017 23:37
A painted version of actress Saoirse Ronan as Marguerite Gachet in the film “Loving Vincent.”

ARTFIXdaily will be closed through this Thursday, Dec. 14, and e-newsletter service will return to inboxes on Friday, Dec. 15. The closure will resume Dec. 18-31. Happy Holidays!

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The Getty, Skirball Cultural Center Close Under Wildfire Threat

  • LA Times
  • December 06, 2017 14:17
View of Skirball Fire near the Getty Center.  via Twitter, Melissa Castro‏ @Healthgap_mila

The Getty Center closed to protect its art collections on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as several fast-moving wildfires raged in Southern California.  Erupting after destructive fires to the north have forced mass evacuations, the Skirball Fire shut down the I-405 early Wednesday morning. ...

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New Twists in 'Salvator Mundi' Tale as the Jesus Portrait Heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • December 06, 2017 13:04
Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

UPDATE, Sunday: Initial reports last week that the world's most expensive painting sold to a little-known Saudi prince have raised more questions about its new ownership. Reports claimed the 32-year-old Prince Bader bought the painting on behalf of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a ...

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George Washington's Diamond Eagle Medal On Display With Newly-Discovered 7-Foot Watercolor in Philadelphia Exhibition

  • December 06, 2017 12:26
The Diamond Eagle presented to George Washington

The Diamond Eagle — an exquisite jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington — is now on display in Philadelphia for the first time since it was presented to Washington in the city 233 years ago, and it will be shown this winter with a rare, newly-found Revolutionary War-era ...

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Lubaina Himid is First Non-White Woman, and the Oldest Person, to Win Turner Prize

  • Guardian
  • December 05, 2017 20:31
Lubaina Himid, 2017.  Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens Photo: Edmund Blok for Modern Art Oxford

Britain's prestigious Turner Prize, awarded in contemporary art, has named its 2017 recipient--an artist who has worked for decades. The winner is Tanzania-born and Lancashire-based Lubaina Himid, age 63, and her challenging pieces, such as crockery painted with scenes of slavery from Britain’s ...

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From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

  • December 04, 2017 14:53
David Driskell, "Ghetto Wall #2," 1970.  Oil, acrylic, and collage on linen, 60.0 × 50.0 (in).  DC Moore Gallery, at Art Basel Miami Beach, Survey, S6.

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in Miami with The ...

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Trump Drastically Reduces Two National Monuments

  • New York Times
  • December 04, 2017 13:35
Puebloan granary in the Bears Ears National Monument

We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune. — Teddy Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt's Antiquities Act was meant to give federal protections to historical, natural and ...

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The Most Instagrammed Museums in the World

  • December 03, 2017 16:17
"Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" broke attendance records at the Hirshhorn.

Data from Instagram has ranked the most popular museums in the world on the image sharing platform.  Chart-topping in attendance at 7.4 million annual visitors is the Mona Lisa's home --- the Louvre --- which unsurprisingly ranks highest on the World's Most Instagrammed Museums list. Big ...

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5 Ways the Proposed Tax Bill Affects the U.S. Art World

  • November 29, 2017 22:52

The proposed tax overhaul could have big consequences on the U.S. art market and museums. With details in flux even after the Senate votes, the tax plan is being pushed quickly in order to take effect on January 1, 2018. Experts say it heavily favors the richest 1 percent of Americans and ...

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The Age of Jesus Christ's Tomb Revealed

  • National Geographic
  • November 29, 2017 22:49
View of the edicule, after restoration

Over the centuries, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre has suffered violent attacks, fires, and earthquakes. It was totally destroyed in 1009 and subsequently rebuilt, leading modern scholars to question whether it could possibly be the site identified as the burial place of Christ by a ...

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Wende Museum Showcases Material Culture of the Cold War Era

  • November 28, 2017 12:11
The Painter and His Model, 1956, by István Mácsa.  Oil on canvas.  Hungary.

The Wende Museum in its new location in Culver City, Calif., is a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and applying historical lessons of the past to the present. From a vandalized bust of Lenin ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Thanksgiving Week

  • November 19, 2017 22:18
"Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry," on view October 22, 2017 – January 21, 2018, at the National Gallery, DC.  Shown: Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance, c.  1664, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed the week of November 20 for the Thanksgiving holiday. E-newsletter service will resume on Monday, November 27. ArtGuild members may continue to post content to the ArtWire and calendar during the closure. Happy Thanksgiving!

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$450.3 Million Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Shatters Auction Records

  • November 15, 2017 20:51
'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Saviour of the World’ by Leonardo da Vinci

The $100 million estimate was apparently pretty conservative. Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Savior of the World’ broke all records for art at auction when it soared to $450.3 million (with fees) at Christie's on Wednesday night in New York. The mind-blowing price far exceeds ...

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$1.6 Billion Auction Week Underway with a Leading Leonardo

  • New York Times
  • November 14, 2017 22:14
Vincent van Gogh's Laboruer dans un champ (1889)

New York's auction gigaweek has begun with several marquee lots in this anticipated annual series. Much talked about so far have been the auctions lots that were not offered, and the superstar---a Jesus Christ painting by Leonardo da Vinci---in the Wednesday evening sale at Christie's. Sales of ...

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Alec Baldwin Settles with Art Dealer Over Painting

  • New Yorker
  • November 13, 2017 20:53
The two versions of Ross Bleckner's 'Sea and Mirror.'

Actor Alec Baldwin settled last week with New York art dealer Mary Boone after a lengthy and bitter legal dispute over a painting. The feud was over a Ross Bleckner painting titled "Sea and Mirror" from 1996 that Baldwin thought he was buying from Boone for $190,000. A smell of fresh paint, a ...

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Holt Printing of Declaration of Independence Fetches Record Price at Auction

  • Watertown Daily Times
  • November 12, 2017 16:41
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

One of five known 1776 copies of the Declaration of Independence printed in New York by John Holt sold for a record price to a California collector at auction on Saturday. Blanchard's in Potsdam, New York, sold the newly-discovered document for $1.5 million, setting a world record for any New ...

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Benjamin Genocchio Removed as Armory Show Director Amid Sex Harassment Allegations

  • New York Times
  • November 09, 2017 13:09
Benjamin Genocchio

Influential art world figure and former Artnet editor Benjamin Genocchio has been ousted as executive director of the Armory Show in New York City after the New York Times reported multiple sexual harassment allegations against him.  Prior to heading the Armory Show, which is one of the world's ...

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Lord Mayor of London Returns Nazi Looted Old Master Painting

  • The Art Newspaper
  • November 07, 2017 11:35
 Jacob Ochtervelt’s The Oyster Meal (around 1664-65) Jacob Ochtervelt’s The Oyster Meal (around 1664-65).

A Dutch Old Master painting that was looted from the Netherlands during World War II was returned by the Lord Mayor of London to an heir of the owner on Monday. "The Oyster Meal" by Jacob Ochtervelt (around 1664-65) hung at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor, for 30 years. ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, Nov. 6-7

  • November 05, 2017 21:55
Installation of "Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire" at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, through February 11, 2018.

ARTFIXdaily is closed for maintenance, Nov. 6-7. E-newsletter service will resume on Wednesday, Nov. 8. ArtGuild members may continue to add content to the ArtWire and Calendar during the closure.

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Court Delays Auction of Berkshire Museum Art

  • November 02, 2017 19:35
"The Last Arrow," by Thomas Moran, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

Updated 11/12/17: The Massachusetts Attorney General secured a 30-day pause for the sale of artworks from the Berkshire Museum that was scheduled to take place at Sotheby's on Monday, Nov. 13. The museum and lawyers for opponents of the sale will meet again, this time in Boston, at the ...

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