David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Art Collector, Remembered

  • March 20, 2017 18:32
Paul Cézanne’s Still Life with Fruit Dish (1879–80), a fractional gift from Rockefeller to MoMA.

Billionaire banker David Rockefeller died Monday morning at the age of 101. The last living grandson of oil mogul John D. Rockefeller, David Rockefeller made his own reputation over several decades as a banker, philanthropist, art collector, world traveler and influencer in political and ...

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Advocates Speak Up for Saving the National Endowment for the Arts

  • March 16, 2017 11:38
The Sioux Falls Arts Council in South Dakota used their NEA Our Town grant to revitalize the Whittier neighborhood of the city by bringing renowned muralist Dave Loewenstein (near center, wearing hat) to work with more than 250 community members to create The World Comes to Whittier, a 150-foot-long mural of the history and culture of the neighborhood.  Photo by Nicholas Ward, courtesy of Sioux Falls Arts Council.

With Thursday's official White House release of a $1.1 trillion federal budget blueprint featuring $54 billion in cuts and increased defense spending, America's culture programs are among the many casualties in the proposal set before Congress. Proposed agency eliminations include the National ...

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Versailles to Expand Contemporary Art Program With 10 Artists

  • Le Figaro
  • March 15, 2017 15:17
Latona's Fountain, Versailles

Château de Versailles introduced its contemporary art program a decade ago with a solo exhibition of one artist each year. Director Catherine Pégard has announced that Versailles will this year expand the program to feature ten contemporary artists at a time in exhibitions. Massive ...

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Chocolate Museum Opens in New York

  • Conde Nast
  • March 08, 2017 12:55
The morning chocolate by Pietro Longhi; Venice, 1775–1780

On the heels of the very popular pop-up Museum of Ice Cream, a chocolate museum has arrived in Lower Manhattan. This new destination in SoHo (350 Hudson St.) offers chocolate aficionados an in-depth history of cacao, and all its accoutrements, including early artifacts used for drinking. And it ...

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Mosul Museum Retaken by Iraqi Forces

  • Reuters
  • March 07, 2017 22:44
Video still of ISIS militant damaging the Assyrian winged bull.

Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured the main government building in Mosul, the central bank branch and the museum where three years ago the militants filmed themselves destroying priceless statues, reports Reuters. Dozens of Islamic State fighters were killed in an overnight raid, according to ...

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Three Notable Art Exhibitions to View on International Women's Day

  • March 07, 2017 22:40
Photograph of Frida Kahlo painting a portrait of her father, by Gisele Greund, 1951.

International Women’s Day is March 8 and it can be an opportunity for appreciating women in the arts with a museum visit. Here are three major exhibitions across the U.S. on view now (check venues for timed ticket availability): Over 6,000 black-and-white photographs — Frida Kahlo's personal ...

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$59 Million Klimt Painting Tops Record-Setting Auction in London

  • March 02, 2017 12:02
Gustav Klimt, Flower Garden

Sotheby’s 54-lot sale of Impressionist, Modern, and Surrealist art Wednesday night brought a total £195 million ($241 million), the highest total for any single auction in London. The pre-sale estimated value for the sale was £150/180 million.  Topping the night, Gustav Klimt's rare landscape ...

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Son of Nazi Governor Returns Looted Artworks to Poland

  • Guardian
  • February 27, 2017 20:24
Painting of the Potocki Palace in Kraków by the 19th-century Polish countess Julia Potocka.  Photograph: Polish Government

Horst Wächter, the 78-year-old son of a notorious SS general, has returned artworks taken decades ago by his parents from a museum collection in Poland. On Sunday, he attended a ceremony in Kraków at which three stolen works were returned to the Polish government, reports the Guardian. The works ...

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Andrea Rosen Closes Her New York Gallery, Cites Need to be 'Responsive to Our Times'

  • February 22, 2017 17:16
Andrea Rosen

Gallerist Andrea Rosen surprised the New York art world with an announcement on Tuesday that she will be closing her eponymous gallery in Chelsea after 27 years. “I have come to realize that in order for me to be fearlessly open and responsive to our times and the future, [it] requires ...

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Desert X Installs Site-Specific Artworks to Discover in California's Coachella Valley

  • W Magazine about the Desert X artists
  • February 22, 2017 17:01
Joshua Tree National Park

An exciting new art project of the Desert Biennial, a nonprofit steering committee and charitable organization that promotes art and the local environment, will pop up in California's Coachella Valley this month. Desert X, from Feb. 25 to April 30, 2017, will populate indoor and outdoor ...

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Art Dealer Eric Spoutz Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Fraud

  • Art Newspaper
  • February 20, 2017 17:06
Eric I.  Spoutz lecturing at a museum in Los Angeles in 2012

Michigan art dealer Eric Spoutz has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for wire fraud charges in an elaborate scheme to sell fake artworks passed off as by modern American artists. His sentencing also includes three years supervised release and the forfeiture of $1.45m of “ill-gotten gains” he ...

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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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Hitler's 'Mobile Device of Destruction' Sells at US Auction

  • February 20, 2017 16:49
Siemens phone belonging to Adolf Hitler

A telephone bidder acquired Adolf Hitler's red-painted telephone for $243,000 at a US auction. The auction house described the lot as “arguably the most destructive weapon of all time, which sent millions to their deaths.” The unidentified North American buyer purchased the World War II ...

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Egypt Reopens the Museum of Islamic Art, Renovates Historic Home of French Archaeologist

  • February 20, 2017 16:08
Stoppelaere house

Cultural preservation moved forward in Egypt over the past month. Terrorist attacks have slumped tourism to popular sites, but recent efforts have successfully reviltalized landmarks, including the Cairo museum damaged by a car bomb three years ago. Egyptian President Al-Sisi hosted UNESCO ...

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Museum Leaders Speak Out Against Proposed Elimination of Funding For National Endowment for the Arts

  • February 19, 2017 22:39
Thomas J.  Campbell

The Hill first reported in January that the National Endowment for the Arts is under threat, again. With a 2017 budget at $149.8 million -- the NEA is a tiny fraction of federal spending -- the 52-year-old agency has been subjected to budget cuts and threats of elimination before. It has also ...

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New Global Arts Coalition Launches to Counter Right-Wing Populism

  • February 16, 2017 18:54
Still of animated web banner by Mark Titchner for Hands Off Our Revolution.

Hundreds of artists have signed on to a new coalition that aims to counter right-wing ideology and policies with public-facing responses in art. The group called Hands Off Our Revolution already lists support from notable artists, musicians, writers, and gallerists such as Ed Ruscha, Anish ...

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Museums Plan First Public Exhibitions of Gurlitt's Hidden Art Trove in November

  • Kunstmuseum Bern
  • February 15, 2017 15:32
Max Liebermann from the Gurlitt hoard.

Dates have been announced for exhibitions showcasing some of the 1,500 artworks discovered hidden in the apartment of the late Cornelius Gurlitt in Munich and in another residence.  The Museum of Fine Arts in the Swiss capital, Bern, and the Art and Exhibition Hall in the German city of Bonn ...

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UK Puts Temporary Export Ban on Parmigianino

  • Guardian
  • February 12, 2017 22:05

The UK government has placed a temporary export bar on a 16th-century masterpiece to allow time for a UK-based buyer to come up with £24.5m ($30 million). The J. Paul Getty Museum announced in August its intention to acquire Parmigianino's exquisite "The Virgin and Child with Saint Mary ...

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Iranian Museum Exhibits Over 500 Artifacts Repatriated From the West

  • Tehran Times
  • February 09, 2017 21:27
National Museum of Iran

Some 558 historical artifacts including sculptures, earthenware, coins and jewelry, repatriated from Western museums over the last two years, went on display Monday at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Tehran Times reports: "Last November, 30 historical artifacts which had been smuggled ...

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Oprah Reportedly Sold Gustav Klimt Painting for $150 Million

  • Bloomberg
  • February 08, 2017 12:30
Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Bloomberg's Katya Kazakina reports that billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey sold a Gustav Klimt masterpiece for $150 million to a Chinese buyer in 2016, according to an anonymous source with knowledge of the deal. Oprah bought “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” for an artist auction record ...

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