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Visual ArtsSun, 17 Jun 2018 19:30

How Frida Kahlo Is Becoming A Global Icon

After Kahlo died in 1954, her estate was sealed until her caretaker died in 2002 - and now the estate is going global, with items with historical and artistic significance being shown in Britain.Source:

Visual ArtsSun, 17 Jun 2018 19:00

At Monticello, It Is - At Long Last - Time To Center The Life Of Sally Hemings

This has been 25 years - and two centuries - in the making. "The 'Life of Sally Hemings' exhibit is perhaps the most striking example of the sea change that has taken place at Monticello, as the foundation has increasingly focused on highlighting the stories of Monticello’s slaves. ... It rebuilt a slave cabin and […]Source:

Visual ArtsSun, 17 Jun 2018 16:00

A Guy Walked Into An Exhibit In Toronto, Lifted A Banksy Off The Wall, And Just Walked Out

OK, it wasn't quite that easy - he had to sneak in at 5 am - but still: "The man padded across the concrete floor, lifted a print of 'Trolley Hunters' off the wall, and breezily walked out the door he came in."Source:

Visual ArtsSun, 17 Jun 2018 12:00

Glasgow School Of Art's Mackintosh Building Is At Least Half Destroyed By Fire

Every part of the building was affected, and there was a partial roof collapse - and the fire spread to nearby buildings as well. "It was the second time in four years that a blaze has hit the world-famous building, which was under restoration and was set to reopen after a fire badly damaged it […]Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 15 Jun 2018 22:01

Is Walmart Selling Knockoff Mid-Century Classics?

If some of the deals seem too good to be true, well—they may just be. Among other offerings with an uncanny resemblance to midcentury design icons (like Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chair, or the Eames Office molded plastic chair), the Poly and Bark Sculpture Coffee Table for $309.99 has raised a few discerning eyebrows.Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 15 Jun 2018 17:32

The Hammer Museum's Self-Assured Conspiracist

Trim and mercurial, Ann Philbin, who once clashed with billionaire Eli Broad over funding and turned away potential board members who didn’t share her progressive inclinations, runs on self-assurance and charm. She looks right at you, as if perhaps you’re a painting or video installation to be politely scrutinized, and then, if all goes well, […]Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 15 Jun 2018 13:03

Banksy Print Stolen From Exhibition In Toronto

"The work in question is called Trolley Hunters, a satirical image of Neanderthal-ish men hunting a shopping cart. It's said to be the artist's critique on corporate food production. Its value is estimated at $45,000. ... Later Thursday, police released video appearing to show the theft, while the exhibition was still being set up."Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 15 Jun 2018 12:01

New Memorial To Magna Carta By Turner Prize-Winning Artist Opens In London

"The National Trust is now opening a permanent commemoration of the charter, in the form of a new work by Mark Wallinger. Writ in Water, as it is called, is an entire building. The artist – who won the 2007 Turner prize and whose statue of Christ, Ecce Homo, was the first contemporary sculpture on […]Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 15 Jun 2018 11:45

The Hermitage Will Be Giving No Freebies To Those World Cup Hooligans, Thank You

"The Russian government has urged museums to offer discounts to visitors with a World Cup Fan-ID, the special document that allows ticket-holders to enter the country without a visa." The Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow will offer free admission to its 20th- and 21-century art wing for the next six weeks. But the director of the […]Source:

Visual ArtsThu, 14 Jun 2018 21:31

Survey: Most Visual Artists Make Less Than $30k/Year And Don't Find Galleries Helpful

While some of the study’s findings are not particularly surprising — like that artists’ satisfaction with their work increases in direct proportion to the amount of time they spend in the studio — others are quite illuminating, especially where the economics of being an artist are involved. For instance, only 12% of respondents said that […]Source:

Visual ArtsThu, 14 Jun 2018 17:31

How Donald Trump Uses Images

The iconic imagery from the summit will be the shaking of hands with the interspersed American and North Korean flags in the background. That imagery, followed by the big, broad claim that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, is hard to combat politically. You've got to say, "In fact, it's much more complicated." […]Source:

Visual ArtsThu, 14 Jun 2018 16:33

Three Members Of Stedelijk Museum Resign After Former Director Cleared Of Wrongdoing

“In the best interests of the museum, it is time to bring the recent turmoil to an end and start afresh,” write de Cock Buning, who is the board’s interim chairman, and van Rooijen. “After due consideration of the report and its findings, and with a view to the museum’s interests, we intend to step […]Source:

Visual ArtsThu, 14 Jun 2018 15:03

How Much Do Major Art Prizes Really Help Their Recipients In The Market?

With numerous winners, past and present, showing work at this year's Art Basel, Gareth Harris surveys recent history - and artists and gallerists - over how much difference these awards make and whether the trouble and expense artists go through for them is worthwhile. (Last year, the finalists for one major prize insisted they be […]Source:

Visual ArtsThu, 14 Jun 2018 13:02

If Dana Schutz Can Paint Emmett Till, Then This Guy'll Just Paint Dana Schutz's Son

"The Somali-Australian artist Hamishi Farah ... was among the artists who signed an open letter condemning [Schutz's image of the murdered Emmett Till, titled Open Casket, at last year's Whitney Biennial]. His painting at [Art Basel], called Representation of Arlo (2018), is a direct response to Schutz's painting. 'The viewer's response to the work creates […]Source:

Visual ArtsThu, 14 Jun 2018 11:29

Dutch Museum Invites Visitors To Watch Conservators Clean Its Oldest Painting

"Visitors to the Mauritshuis in The Hague ... [will] have the opportunity to see conservators in action, when two specialists embark on a project to clean the oldest work in the Dutch museum's collection: The Lamentation of Christ (around 1460-64) by Rogier van der Weyden and his studio. The treatment, due to be completed by […]Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 13 Jun 2018 22:02

Italian Court Says Ancient Bronze In Getty Collection Should Be Returned To Italy

An Italian court ruled this month it belongs to Italy, and should return there, but that is only the latest chapter in an extended legal battle over the work, also known as “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” that has stretched out for more than a decade.Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 13 Jun 2018 20:02

How Soon Is Too Soon To Sell Your Art After It's Been In A Museum Show?

In general, it is considered unethical to lend a work to a museum exhibition and then immediately send it for sale—but as Maurice Davies, the head of collections at London’s Royal Academy of Arts and the former policy director at the UK Museums Association, points out: “Common sense suggests that display by a reputable museum […]Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 13 Jun 2018 15:04

The Problem With Artist-Driven Museum Boards (Like L.A. MOCA's)

Brian Allen: "Two defenestration of top people in a few weeks is a rarity in most museums, yet this is the latest sign of dysfunction at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles. ... As a museum, it prides itself as being founded by artists; lots of great museums were. The problem is […]Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:16

Qing Dynasty Vase Found In Attic Sells For $19 Million

"An 18th-century Chinese vase forgotten for decades in a shoe box in a French attic sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at Sotheby's in Paris on Tuesday - more than 30 times the estimate. Experts at the auction house said the exquisite porcelain vessel was made for the Qing dynasty Emperor Qianlong and had […]Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:01

Ousted Director Of Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum Cleared Of All Conflict-Of-Interest Charges

"In a surprise turn of events, a team of legal researchers has issued a 120-page report that could exonerate embattled former Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf, who resigned from the museum amid allegations that her private art consultancy posed conflicts of interest with the museum. ... Although the report says that Ruf should have been more […]Source:


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