National Endowments for the Arts, Humanities Could Face Elimination Under Trump

  • The Hill
  • January 19, 2017 15:41
NEA Chairman Jane Chu quote

The Hill first reported that staff from the Trump transition team have been briefing White House career staff ahead of the inauguration about plans to slash government spending -- from major cuts for several departments to all out eliminations.  Budget cuts and program deletions are said to be ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

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Chinese Authorities Destroy Fake Terracotta Army at Bogus Attraction

  • Xinhua
  • January 17, 2017 20:37
The real terracotta army

A site with 40 copies of the famed terracotta warriors was demolished by Chinese authorities in a raid on Wednesday, according to reports. Tourists were confused, with one posting an online complaint, when they were duped into visiting the underwhelming, copycat attraction in the Lintong ...

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Swiss Art Dealer Sues Getty Museum for $77 Million

  • Courthouse News Service
  • January 17, 2017 20:37
A statue from the Torlonia collection.

In a federal lawsuit on Jan. 12, a Swiss art dealer claimed that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles unfairly dropped it from a deal for a portion of a multi-billion dollar private collection of Roman antiquities that the dealer was brokering, reports Courthouse News. Phoenix Art, of Geneva, claims ...

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Jeff Bezos Buys Museum Building for Private Residence

  • Washington Post
  • January 16, 2017 22:31
The former building of the Textile Museum was bought by Jeff Bezos.

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos has bought the former Textile Museum, a 27,000 square-foot property, intending to convert it into a single-family home, reports the Washington Post. The property sold for $23 million in cash. It is in the same neighborhood as the Obama's ...

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Wildenstein Patriarch Cleared in Tax Fraud Case

  • BBC
  • January 12, 2017 13:58
Guy Wildenstein

A French judge cleared art dealer Guy Wildenstein and seven other defendants of trying to conceal hundreds of millions of euros in assets, including paintings and international properties from French tax authorities. Even while the judge conceded that a "clear attempt" was made to hide assets, ...

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Maria Balshaw Expected to Succeed Serota as Tate Director

  • Manchester Evening News
  • January 11, 2017 20:40
Maria Balshaw

Maria Balshaw has been named as the likely successor of Sir Nicholas Serota, following his 30-year leadership, as the new director of London's Tate Galleries. Known for her revitalization of Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery, Balshaw would become the first female director of the Tate. The ...

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Hamilton Musical Set Designer Installs Display for Sotheby's Americana Week

  • January 11, 2017 15:28
Edward Hicks, Penn's Treaty (estimate $800,000/1.2 million)

David Korins, set designer for the Broadway hit Hamilton, served as creative director for Sotheby's installation of Americana Week in New York. Previews opened Wednesday for the blockbuster sales series, from Jan. 18 to 21, with art and objects that span centuries of American craftsmanship. ...

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Sumida Hokusai Museum, Dedicated to 'The Great Wave' Artist, Opens in Japan

  • Curbed
  • January 09, 2017 22:18
The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

Curbed reports that a stunning new museum designed by Kazuyo Sejima—half of the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA—opened in Tokyo, Japan last November. The Sumida Hokusai Museum was established to highlight the work of Katsushika Hokusai, a world-renowned ukiyo-e woodblock painter who was born ...

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Google Augmented Reality Platform Enters Museum Sphere at DIA

  • The Verge
  • January 09, 2017 22:18
Lumin at DIA

Verge reports that Google is partnering with select museums to bring its augmented reality platform called Tango to devices that will enhance visitor experience. Detroit Institute of Arts is the first institution to partner with Google in the endeavor, along with mobile developer GuidiGO. DIA ...

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Performance Art Piece Across Golden Gate Bridge Set for Inauguration Day

  • January 09, 2017 12:49
Golden Gate bridge from Marshal beach

A general strike from work and schools across the U.S. has been called for January 20, the day of Trump's inauguration. The art world is joining in with its own #J20 Art Strike, proposing in bold letters on the action's Facebook page, “NO WORK NO SCHOOL NO BUSINESS,” with a suggested shut down of ...

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Hillary Clinton to Speak at New State Department Museum of Historical Artifacts

  • Washington Post
  • January 08, 2017 20:18
U.S.  Diplomacy Center, Porcelain tea service

Located just two blocks from the National Mall, the new U.S. Diplomacy Center—the nation’s first museum and education center devoted exclusively to exploring the history, practice, and challenges of U.S. Diplomacy—is set to open. One feature of the new destination focused on the State ...

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Petition Calls for Museum to Cancel Loan to Trump Inaugural Luncheon

  • Hyperallergic
  • January 04, 2017 20:19

Hyperallergic reports that two St. Louis area residents have launched a petition demanding that the Saint Louis Art Museum cancel its loan of the George Caleb Bingham painting “Verdict of the People” (1854–55) for Donald Trump’s Inaugural Luncheon in Washington, DC later this month. The petition, ...

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NYT Debuts New Series of Guides to Iconic Museums

  • New York Times
  • January 04, 2017 20:19
DETAIL: Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft) ca.  1662–63.  Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 18 in.  (51.4 x 45.7 cm)

The New York Times debuted "Make the Most of The Met," a guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It highlights the best of the museum's offerings and offers tips to help visitors on their journey through one of America's most visited museums. Daniel McDermon, an editor on the culture desk, walks ...

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John Berger, Art Critic Known For 'Ways of Seeing', Remembered

  • Guardian
  • January 03, 2017 14:54
John Berger

Influential English art critic, essayist, poet, playwright and novelist John Berger, who lived mostly in France, has died at age 90. His 1970s Ways of Seeing BBC television series, also a book, opened up new ideas about viewing art and culture. Among his many publications, Berger's novel G. won ...

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Will a New Law Facilitate Loans From Foreign States to U.S. Museums?

  • Lawfare Blog
  • January 02, 2017 14:11
Malevich, Portrait of Mikhail Matjuschin, 1913.  Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

Foreign states have been wary of loaning artworks to U.S. museums for exhibitions ever since the 2007 Malevich case. Heirs of artist Kazimir Malevich had sued the City of Amsterdam over the loan of his artwork to U.S. museums. The heirs contended the artwork was illegally acquired post-WWII ...

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New York Opens Art-Filled $4.5 Billion Second Avenue Subway Line

  • January 02, 2017 13:03
Work by Chuck Close at opening of 86th Street Station.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo debuted Manhattan's new Second Avenue Subway station at 86th Street on January 1 - and it's part of a new transportation line full of world-class art. "In many way, this is a remarkable New York story. It started 100 years ago – 1920 – when an engineer for the ...

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Poland Acquires Art Collection Worth 2 Billion Euros for 'Bargain' Price

  • DW
  • January 01, 2017 13:59
Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine."

Poland's State Treasury announced Thursday the purchase of Leonardo da Vinci's 1490 painting "Lady with an Ermine" and some 86,000 other objects from the private Czartoryski Foundation, which has been housing its collection in the National Museum in Krakow. The collection also includes ...

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Dutch Court Orders Crimean Treasures Returned to Ukraine

  • Dutch News
  • December 15, 2016 22:43
From the exhibition titled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea.”

A Dutch court has ruled for Ukraine in the return of historical treasures from Crimea loaned a few years ago to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam for an exhibition titled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea.” A near two-year legal battle has been waged over whether the loaned ...

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Polish Government Reveals Plan to Acquire $2-Billion Collection With Leonardo Masterwork

  • AFD
  • December 15, 2016 22:43
Leonardo da Vinci, Lady With an Ermine, late 15th c.

The Polish government announced Wednesday an intention to acquire the 15th-century Leonardo da Vinci masterwork, "Lady with an Ermine", as part of a deal for a two-century-old collection estimated to be worth two billion dollars. The collection resides in the National Museum in Krakow and is ...

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