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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Sting Narrates a Video Preview of the Met's Thomas Cole Exhibition

  • January 28, 2018 22:41
Thomas Cole‘s ‘The Course of Empire: Destruction’ (1836)

Opening January 30 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings will examine, for the first time, the artist’s transatlantic career and engagement with European art. Click here to watch a video introduction to Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic ...

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White House Loan Request for Van Gogh Countered with Gold Toilet Offer

  • Independent
  • January 25, 2018 18:15
Maurizio Cattelan, America.

The White House reportedly requested a loan of a Vincent van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Since Van Gogh’s 1888 Landscape With Snow could not be loaned, the museum responded that it could instead offer an 18 karat gold sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan, first reported the ...

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Mennello Museum Features New York School Innovator Grace Hartigan

  • Mennello Museum
  • January 24, 2018 10:55
Grace Hartigan, Marilyn, 1962.

Through March 18, 2018, the Mennello Museum of American Art, in Orlando, is showing a collection of seminal works by New York School artist Grace Hartigan. "I have found my subject, it concerns that which is vulgar and vital in American life, and possibilities of its transcendence into the ...

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Paddle8 Merges with Swiss Tech Company

  • New York Times
  • January 23, 2018 10:39
Paddle8 advisors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss shown in a TV commerical for pistachios.  The pair famously sued Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook and are known as early advocates of Bitcoin.

Online auctioneer Paddle 8 is merging with a Swiss tech company called The Native, which specializes in e-commerce, reports the New York Times. The move comes after Paddle8's parent company, Auctionata, filed for bankruptcy last year. Paddle8 and The Native will focus on blockchain technology ...

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Titian Painting from the Collection of Charles I's Plumber at Auction

  • CNN
  • January 22, 2018 14:52
Titian, Saint Margaret

A Titian painting once owned by King Charles I of England and given to his plumber is set to hit the auction block in New York. Reports CNN: The six-and-a-half foot painting "Saint Margaret" was originally given to royal plumber John Embry following Charles I's execution in 1649 as part of a ...

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Most Members Quit National Park Service Advisory Panel in Protest

  • Washington Post
  • January 17, 2018 14:24
John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.  Muir wrote: "Any fool can destroy trees.  Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries ...  God has cared for these trees...but he cannot save them from fools -- only Uncle Sam can do that." - Our National Parks (1901) chapter 10.

This week, 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members have resigned, leaving the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks, reports the Washington Post. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, departing board chairman ...

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Google App Finds Your Face Match in Historical Paintings

  • Independent
  • January 15, 2018 21:15

Ever wondered what your doppelgänger looked like if painted by the likes of Gainsborough, Sargent or Picasso? Google's got an app for that. A new feature of the Google Arts and Culture App will match an image of your face with a painted portrait that looks like you. The app does not work in ...

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