Michelangelo's Tuscan Villa Is Still For Sale

  • Travel + Leisure
  • February 14, 2018 21:26

If you missed the once-in-a-lifetime Michelangelo exhibition at the Met this winter, which drew some 700,000 visitors, there is another chance to get close to the Italian Renaissance master. Villa Michelangelo, the ten-bedroom "farmhouse" that the artist bought in 1549 is seeking a new owner, ...

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Cutting-Edge U.S. Embassy in London Opens Chock-Full of Art This Week

  • January 14, 2018 23:09
View southwest at the new U.S.  Embassy London in Nine Elms, across park.  Photographer: Richard Bryant/arcaidimages.com

The 1960s building that housed the U.S. embassy in London needed costly renovations and posed security risks in busy Mayfair, prompting a decision in 2007 to purchase a new site. Opening to the public on January 16, the new U.S. embassy resides in South London's Nine Elms area, below the Thames, ...

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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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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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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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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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NYC's Museum of Ice Cream Heads to California

  • LA Magazine
  • February 20, 2017 17:06
Museum of Ice Cream (photo)

The sensational pop-up Museum of Ice Cream that sold-out tickets when it opened in New York last summer is heading to southern California. A new location is expected to open next month, possibly in the Santa Monica/Venice Beach area, according to reports. In five days, all 30,000 tickets were ...

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Think Nature: Pantone's Color of the Year is a Rejuvenating Green

  • Pantone
  • December 08, 2016 17:27
Fairfield Porter's painting 'Under the Elms', 1971 - 1972, Oil on canvas, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Rather weary of seeing red and blue? Taking the pulse of the times, the Pantone Color Institute has offered up a bright shade of green for its Color of the Year.  Greenery is Pantone's choice for 2017. Expect the color to repeat in art, design and fashion  - although this shade is familiar and ...

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Rijksmuseum Gives Awards for the Best Riffs On Its Masterpieces

  • October 13, 2016 14:41
Collar Lamp by Kosek Jaroslaw.

The Dutch national museum is holding its annual competition for the best "forgery." Entrants can copy an Old Master in a new way or be inspired in any imaginable medium--from food to wood to fragrance to film--by artwork in the collection of Netherland's Rijksmuseum. The three-year-old program ...

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New, Larger Museum Planned at Statue of Liberty

  • October 06, 2016 12:27
Artist rendering for the design of the new Statue of Liberty Museum.

A new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum within the Statue of Liberty National Monument on New York's Liberty Island was unveiled Thursday. The larger building will replace a small exhibition space inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Architect Nicholas Garrison designed the ...

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Heatherwick's The Vessel to Rise Up in New York's Hudson Yards

  • September 14, 2016 23:07
The Vessel, rendering

It boasts 154 interconnecting stairways, 2,400 steps, and 80 landings comprising a mile's worth of walkways. And all of it will lead to nowhere on the Far West Side of Manhattan. New York Times reports that The Vessel is the much-debated, $150-million public landmark set to center the main square ...

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4 Ways Technology Has Altered the Museum Visit

  • The Atlantic
  • September 13, 2016 14:08
Björk Digital is an immersive virtual reality exhibition from the Icelandic icon Björk, at Somerset House in London, through Oct.  23, 2016.

The Atlantic breaks down four ways museums will be, and already are, adapting to the digital age. 1. Cellphones are no longer shunned at museums and are used for social media sharing, "selfies," navigating galleries, and more... Atlantic: Embracing cellphones also means that more art ...

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Museum Voorlinden Debuts With Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra Works

  • September 12, 2016 22:04
Richard Serra (b.  1938) Open Ended (2007-2008).  Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar

The new Museum Voorlinden near the Dutch North Sea coast opened on Sept. 11 to showcase the impressive collection of modern and contemporary art assembled by wealthy Dutch industrialist Joop van Caldenborgh. Among the highlights is Richard Serra’s 216-ton steel sculpture Open Ended which is on ...

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The Art of Burning Man Is On Fire Again

  • August 28, 2016 23:38
Nevada’s Black Rock Desert becomes Black Rock City, from Aug.  28 to Sept.  5, 2016.

Tens of thousands of participants and artists will gather for the 30th anniversary of Burning Man, running Aug. 28 to Sept. 5, in the Nevada desert. It's a "crucible of creativity," explains the event's website. Art enlivens the dusty playa of this eclectic festival in temporary Black Rock ...

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Techie-Style Seattle Art Fair Wraps Second Edition

  • New York Times
  • August 07, 2016 20:48
Phil Shaw, The Truth in Black and White with Some Grey Areas 2, 2015.

"The Seattle Art Fair, started last year by Paul G. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has a proud inner geek," Kirk Johnson writes for the New York Times. Allen explained in an interview with the Times: "There's always this interesting tension between fairly intellectual pursuits like ...

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Official Posters for the 2016 Rio Olympics

  • Dezeen
  • August 07, 2016 20:48
Beatriz Milhazes

Designs by 13 artists were chosen to represent the 2016 Rio Oympics. The posters capture the spirit of the summer games and the city itself, from Brazilian street artist Kobra's vibrant take of a child flying a kite over a favela to Beatriz Milhazes' stylized rings over water. The collection is ...

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New Funding For Start-Up Curating Art For the Masses

  • TechCrunch
  • June 21, 2016 17:57
Marc Pohl, Lea Lange and Sebastian Hasebrink

Juniqe, the Berlin-based marketplace for curated art, has closed €14 million in Series B funding, reports TechCrunch. The site "discovers" art on social media and prints on-demand versions across categories, from wall art to home decor and fashion, with buyers throughout Europe. “On the demand ...

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Items From 'Modernist Icon' The Four Seasons Restaurant at Auction

  • Dezeen
  • June 16, 2016 20:45
Barcelona chairs and ottomans by van der Rohe.

The Philip Johnson-designed The Four Seasons restaurant in New York is considered by many as "one of the rarest phenomena in Modernism." The restuarant is an unusual intact example of the International Style shown through its architecture and every element of decor. Wright will auction off ...

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Artist Jeff Koons Collaborates With Google

  • May 10, 2016 11:35
Gazing Ball Ballet, Jeff Koons Live Case for Nexus phones

Known especially for his monumental and expensive Pop art sculptures, artist Jeff Koons has launched a new venture priced for the everyman. Koons teamed up with Google on a new live case exclusively for Nexus devices, priced around $40. The limited edition Jeff Koons Live Case went on sale today ...

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Painting App Draws New Adapters to Virtual Reality

  • Fast Company
  • April 06, 2016 13:01
Screenshot of NVIDIA powers Tilt Brush Art Contest on HTC Vive at PAX 2015 via YouTube

A painting app could be the catalyst for getting new, "non-gamer" users to try virtual reality. Wednesday saw the sales launch of the HTC Vive Headset, and Tilt Brush is one simple, intuitive and fun app that could draw kids, artists, and just about anyone to using VR. "Feels like a bit of a ...

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