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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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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$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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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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Art World Circulates 'Not Surprised' Open Letter After Artforum Scandal

  • October 30, 2017 13:48
Jenny Holzer, Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise (1982)

Thousands of people signed an open letter by early Monday against sexual harassment in the art world following numerous allegations that took down Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman last week.  The letter on the website Not Surprised includes a wide array of international arts professionals ...

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Artforum Publisher Knight Landesman Resigns Amid Claims of Sexual Misconduct

  • October 25, 2017 13:02
Cover of Artforum

A lawsuit against Knight Landesman, 67, co-publisher of Artforum magazine, was filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The suit claims that Landesman sexually harrassed a former employee for years. Nine women have come forward to accuse Landesman of harrassment although only one is named as a ...

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Karen Pence Explains Art Therapy for Her Second Lady Platform

  • October 18, 2017 17:15
Karen Pence unveils her initiative: Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART

Second Lady Karen Pence brought 100 pounds of clay with her to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Packed onto Air Force Two, the clay was meant for an art therapist that Pence had heard needed the artistic medium for children on the devastated island. On Wednesday, Pence unveiled details of her ...

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California Art Studio Raises $100K in 2 Days for Fire Relief

  • SFGate
  • October 15, 2017 17:46
A version of the "I Love You California print" by Annie Galvin, 3 Fish Studios.

The San Francisco artist-couple behind a popular "I Love You California" art print ran a 2-day fundraiser that quickly generated $100,000 for fire relief in Northern California. 3FishStudios partnered with The What newsletter and Next Draft mailing list to get word out about the special ...

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Gallerist Gary Nader to Sell $100 Million of His Art to Fund Museum

  • Miami New Times
  • October 12, 2017 20:45
Miami skyline

Art dealer Gary Nader plans to sell about $100 million worth of works from his collection to fund the building of a new museum in downtown Miami. Several blue-chip works---by the likes of Picasso and Botero---from Nader's personal collection are set to be sold during Art Basel Miami Beach in ...

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Snapchat's Virtual Jeff Koons Sculpture Vandalized

  • Fast Company
  • October 09, 2017 14:27

A sculpture of a balloon dog by Jeff Koons that exists in augmented reality has been vandalized.  Just last week, Snap Inc. announced the new AR feature which allows users to discover virtual Koons art in public places around the world. A giant AR Koons piece in New York's Central Park ...

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Jeff Koons Partners With Snapchat on Augmented Reality Art Hunt

  • Hyperallergic
  • October 03, 2017 20:37
Jeff Koons teams up with Snapchat

Remember the summer of Pokemon Go? People were popping up everywhere to play the interactive game with their smartphones. Now art will take it's turn in augmented reality, and it's art for art's sake. Artist Jeff Koons, known the world-over for his massive balloon dog sculptures, teamed up with ...

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45-Foot Female Sculpture Could Head to National Mall

  • New York Times
  • October 03, 2017 14:07
R-Evolution debuted at Burning Man in 2015 and the 45-foot sculpture could head to the National Mall this fall.

Organizers of an annual vigil held at DC's National Mall plan to temporarily move a 45-foot sculpture of a female nude there to face the White House as part of a November gathering of activists. The "R-Evolution" sculpture stands tall in mountain pose, a yoga posture, and was first created for ...

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Guggenheim Pulls Artworks from China Exhibition Amid Threats

  • September 26, 2017 14:05
Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other.

Threats of violence have forced the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to withdraw three controversial works featuring animals from an upcoming exhibition. "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World," a survey of Chinese contemporary art made between the 1989 Tiananmen Square ...

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Jasper Johns Plans Artists' Retreat at His Connecticut Estate

  • Sharon, Conn.
  • September 19, 2017 14:29
Johns was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

The town of Sharon, Conn., has approved a plan proposed by representatives of modern master Jasper Johns for an artists' retreat. Johns, 87, owns a 170-acre country home and studio space there that would be converted into the retreat after his death. At a planning and zoning committee meeting ...

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Banksy Adds Artworks to Barbican Ahead of Basquiat Exhibition

  • Guardian
  • September 18, 2017 13:22
Banksy mural at the Barbican.

Street artist Banksy created two new murals outside central London's Barbican Art Gallery just prior to a major show of works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opening there on Sept. 21. On Instagram, Banksy describes one mural as “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan ...

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British Art Dealer Convicted of Stealing Artwork from Rolling Stones Guitarist

  • Rolling Stone
  • September 14, 2017 10:33
Ronnie Wood in 1988 in Malmö at a vernissage of his art at Hotel Cramer.  The artwork by Ronnie Wood in the background was garbled because of copyright reasons.

British art dealer Jonathan Poole has been sentenced to prison for stealing artworks from his clients. Poole's clients included the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, along with the estates of Miles Davis and John Lennon. He plead guilty to 26 charges of fraud and theft made between 1986 and ...

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Asian Art Museum Clinches Guinness World Record for Largest Human Flower Art

  • July 17, 2017 14:33
Humans form a record- sized lotus flower on July 15, 2017, in Lotus Live organized by the Asian Art Museum, SF.

A Guinness World Record was set Saturday when the Asian Art Museum organized 2,405 people at San Francisco's Civic Center to form a huge green and pink lotus flower together.  Dubbed Lotus Live, the event created the largest recorded human flower art and was meant to mark the 50th anniversary ...

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$600 Million Historical Art Collection Heads to a Contemporary Art Museum

  • New York Times
  • July 17, 2017 13:29

Near Turin, Italy, a private art collection with notable works spanning the 13th-to-20th centuries, and valued at $600 million, will radically transform a contemporary art museum, reports the New York Times. In a statement, the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte, Castello di ...

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