Man Charged With Stealing Terracotta Warrior's Thumb

  • New York Times
  • February 19, 2018 22:28
A terra-cotta horse and warrior from the Franklin Institute’s exhibit.

A Delaware man has been charged with stealing the thumb of a $4.5 million terracotta warrior figure on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Michael Rohana was attending a Christmastime ugly sweater party at the museum when he entered the closed-off loan exhibition room, took a ...

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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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NEA Grants $26M to Arts Projects Nationwide

  • February 14, 2018 20:39
Georgia O'Keeffe, Black Lava Bridge, Hana Coast No.  1, 1939.  From the upcoming exhibition, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii" at New York Botanical Garden.

On the heels of an announcement that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded 1,134 grants totaling $26.68 million to organizations and individuals in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico so far in FY 2018 -- came some bad news. President Trump’s FY 2019 budget ...

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Locals to Continue the Fight Against Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • February 13, 2018 19:25
Frederic Church, Valley of the Santa Ysabel, 1875.

A group of locals from Lenox, Mass., who were blocked from a legal challenge of the Berkshire Museum's plan to sell 40 artworks, are "stunned" by the state attorney general's agreement on Friday to allow up to $55 million in art sales, pending court approval. The residents plan to continue the ...

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Robert Indiana's Sculptural 'LOVE' Returns to Philadelphia, Descends on Hong Kong

  • February 13, 2018 13:25
Robert Indiana, LOVE (1966/2002) at Asia Society Hong Kong Centre.

In time for Valentine's Day, Robert Indiana's iconic 'LOVE' sculpture returned to the City of Brotherly Love. The piece was paraded on a flatbed truck around Philadelphia on Tuesday before its reinstallation at John F. Kennedy Plaza, known as LOVE Park, which is undergoing a rehabilitation ...

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Big, New Picasso Museum to Open in Southern France With Rarely-Seen Works

  • Smithsonian
  • February 12, 2018 13:29
The future Jacqueline and Pablo Picasso Museum

A stepdaughter of Pablo Picasso plans to open a museum in the Southern French city of Aix-en-Provence by 2021. Catherine Hutin-Blay, the 70-year-old daughter of Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque (1927-1986), will display some 2,000 works that she inherited from her mother, in the former ...

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Lawsuit Erupts Over Portrait of Jackie Kennedy Onassis as Teen

  • Newsday
  • February 12, 2018 11:41
Portrait of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in 1950 by Irwin Hoffman.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court by relatives of former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis after a 1950 portrait of her that was allegedly stolen decades ago surfaced at a Long Island art gallery. The relatives contend that the painting of Jackie at age 19 was stolen in the 1960s ...

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Berkshire Museum Gets Green Light From State to Sell Art

  • New York Times
  • February 11, 2018 20:49
DETAIL, Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton’s Barbershop

The Berkshire Museum and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office came to an agreement that will allow the museum to sell artworks from its collections, while one work by Norman Rockwell will be sold to an institution that will keep it in public view, pending court approval.  Norman ...

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Judge Rules for The Met to Keep Contested $100 Million Picasso

  • Courthouse News Service
  • February 08, 2018 11:01
Picasso's The Actor, 1904-05.

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to retain Pablo Picasso's painting "The Actor." A descendant of a German couple who fled the Nazis and sold the Picasso to finance an escape from World War II Europe, claimed the painting should be returned to her, or its $100 ...

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'Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth' Retrospective to Open at The Broad

  • February 07, 2018 20:36
Jasper Johns, Flag, 1958.  Encaustic on canvas.  104.4 x 153.7 cm.  Private collection © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2017.  Photo: Jamie Stukenberg © The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, 2017.

“One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.” Jasper Johns, 2006. Jasper Johns, 87, is considered among the foremost living artists, and his six-decades of work has placed him in the pantheon of American artists since his first ...

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Berkshire Museum Art Sales Case Heads to State Supreme Court

  • February 05, 2018 19:28
"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, was slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

An extension for the Massachusetts Attorney General office's investigation into the Berkshire Museum art sales concluded Monday. The museum and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office will next file a petition with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hear the case over the contested ...

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Boston's Copley Masterpiece Heads to Philadelphia After Eagles Win Super Bowl

  • February 04, 2018 20:45
Via Twitter #MuseumBowl, Detail: John Singleton Copley’s “Mrs.  James Warren (Mercy Otis)” (ca 1763)

While the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles played the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Philadelphia Museum of Art had their own, equally contentious, Museum Bowl. At stake was a prized painting wagered from their permanent collections. A fourth ...

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Researchers Discover an Astounding Maya 'Megalopolis'

  • National Geographic
  • February 04, 2018 19:33
Guatemala's Maya society revealed under a forest canopy by LiDAR

Researchers say LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology projected from above 800 square miles of jungle in Central America has revealed a remarkable discovery. National Geographic reports: "In what’s being hailed as a 'major breakthrough' in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified ...

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Exhibition Dedicated to Delacroix to Open at Louvre With Over 180 Works

  • February 04, 2018 19:33
Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, Musée du Louvre, Department of Paintings © musée du Louvre, dist.  RMN / Angèle Dequier

In partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in spring 2018, the Musée du Louvre will be hosting an exhibition dedicated to the artistic career of Eugène Delacroix. For the first time since the 1963 exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of his death, this event ...

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The Louvre Displays Nazi-Looted Art in Restitution Effort

  • CNN
  • January 31, 2018 17:18

The Louvre Museum has opened an exhibit of artworks that were once seized by the Nazis during their occupation of France. Some 31 French-owned paintings are shown in an effort to reconnect the works of art with the heirs of their rightful owners. Each artwork is documented in the National ...

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Iran Sentences American Art Dealer, Spouse to Lengthy Prison Terms

  • Washington Post
  • January 31, 2018 12:33
Undated photo of Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari and his Iranian wife, Afarin Neyssari.  Vafadari was sentenced to 27 years in prison, while Neyssar, who has permanent residency in the U.S., received a 16-year sentence, the Center for Human Rights in Iran said Wednesday, Jan.  31, 2018.

Iran has sentenced Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari and his wife, Afarin Neyssari, to prison, according to a New York-based rights group on Wednesday. They were arrested in July 2016. The couple, who are Zoroastrians, were allegedly targeted for their faith and their ties to Western ...

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Saudi Arabia Plans Mega-Sized Arts Center

  • January 30, 2018 17:27
Magnetism, Ahmed Mater, 2011, an installation of magnet and iron filings.

Artist Ahmed Mater is spearheading a new arts intiative backed by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud. The goal is to make Saudi Arabia an arts hub, with a center to promote contemporary art making and viewing, reports Bloomberg.  On Monday, Mater announced ...

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Massachusetts AG Seeks to Extend Berkshire Museum Injunction

  • NEPR
  • January 30, 2018 14:05
George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860

The Massachusetts attorney general has asked a state appeals court to extend an injunction blocking the Berkshire Museum from selling artworks for one more week. A trove of artworks, including two prized Norman Rockwell paintings, have been halted from being sold by the museum. Berkshire ...

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National Gallery of Art Postpones Chuck Close Exhibition Over Misconduct Allegations, Debate Ensues

  • New York Times
  • January 29, 2018 20:36
Chuck Close self-portrait, 86th St.  Station, NYC

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has postponed an upcoming exhibition of works by artist Chuck Close after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged.  Close told the New York Times that the allegations are "lies." He says, "I've done nothing wrong and I'm being crucified." In a ...

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Louvre Closes Bottom Floor as River Seine Rises

  • Los Angeles Times
  • January 28, 2018 23:10
At the Louvre, 2016.

Floodwaters have the River Seine rising after weeks of heavy rain in France. In Paris, schools, some parks, and river boat service have been closed, and as a precaution, the lower floor of the Louvre also was shut. The peak of the floodwaters is expected on Sunday night into Monday morning, ...

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