“For the past five years, the Barcelona-based photographer [Xavi Bou] has captured different bird species soaring around the Catalonia region to form his ongoing Ornitographies series, using a particular method he has honed to compress multiple seconds into a single frame.”
“A grant of £7.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), using money from national lottery players, was the final piece in a campaign to raise £10.3m to buy the work … showing an elegant and triumphant Elizabeth I after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, … from descendants of [original owner] Sir Francis Drake.”
Dede Wilsey, longtime head of the board that runs the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor in San Francisco, is giving up her top spot after the museums paid a $2 million settlement to a former high-ranking executive who said Wilsey had her ousted for revealing alleged misspending of museum money.
“In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge.”
“We talk to Denver Art Museum curator Gwen Chanzit about her important exhibition, speak with the artist Judith Godwin – an Abstract Expressionist who has largely been ignored in the history books, I travel to the Upper West Side to get feminist art historian Linda Nochlin’s thoughts on the matter, and finally I chat with curator and critic Karen Wilkin, who was friends with Helen Frankenthaler.” (podcast)
A nymphaeum is a type of old Roman monument meant to honor nymphs, and this 16th-century version in the Villa Giulia (Julius’s palace) was moldy and monochromatic and overgrown until these anonymous Far Eastern donors came forward.
“Yesterday afternoon, artist Gary Wynans, who goes by Mr. AbiLLity, learned that [Jersey City] workers had painted over his giant painting of a Monopoly game board at the heavily trafficked Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza. … The surprise paint job was not the first time City Hall has made its mark on Mr. AbiLLity’s board. The entire process was riddled by authorities’ demands that the artist edit his work, foreseeing possible controversy around the original image.”
“When Fisk University, the historically black school in Nashville, tried to sell two paintings several years ago from its storied Alfred Stieglitz art collection, a firestorm erupted. … [But] with the debate over the future of Fisk itself swirling around her, Hazel O’Leary, then the university’s president, on behalf of the school quietly sold off two other paintings owned by Fisk.”
“Works of art get lost for many reasons, but there is a suspiciously high destruction rate for those involving nudity. Leonardo da Vinci’s Leda and the Swan was one of the first openly carnal depictions of myth in art, delighting in a big-bosomed, curvy-hipped Leda. Today, this painting is only known through drawings and copies. A French owner probably destroyed it deliberately.”
“A local museum has announced its final conclusion on the authenticity of a scandal-hit painting art exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City, and the results are probably far from what the collector had been hoping for.”
“Off the coast of the Spanish island of Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, lies the completely submerged Museo Atlántico, an oceanic exhibition of the sculptures of British artist Jason deCaires Taylor.”
“In the public imagination, museums have been transformed from cultural destinations into leisure ones, and there has been a global rise in visitor numbers.”
“Righetti apologised for ‘any alarm or concern the paper may have caused’ and requested that his research be formally retracted.”
“Following a scandal over the alleged misuse of funds by its former director, the institution’s finances remain perilous and researchers claim that much of the collection is inaccessible, leading to fears that some pieces might have disappeared.”
Dick Bellamy was a “blithe spirit content to disappear into the shadows while shining a light on the leading experimental artists of his generation.”
“Close to 18 years ago she transferred ownership of thousands of works from the gallery to the museum, and none of those works are on offer. Clearly, her heart is more in being a museum owner than a merchant. Why? Bragging rights.”
“For their project, ‘DeLIMITations,’ the artists placed 47 steel obelisks along the route of the 1821 border, from the coast of Oregon to the Gulf of Mexico, stopping in Medicine Bow, Wyo.; Dodge City, Kan.; Waurika, Okla.; and many other towns. Before this undertaking, the 1821 border had never been formally surveyed in its entirety.”
“The drawing’s formal sophistication coupled with its levels of meaning and layers of context remove it entirely from the realm of political cartooning, but where does it land? And how will we address it once the threat of a Trump presidency (presumably November 9th) is over?”
“What’s always kept me going is people coming to my studio and enjoying the work. … But now I know my work will have a legacy. My work will live.”
“For museum executives, the dirty secret of expansions has been that they are often motivated by the need to have some exciting new thing to rally board members and interest potential patrons. These institutions depend heavily on rich people to fund them. Those rich people like to pay for flashy new buildings; no one wants to donate to boring old museum upkeep.”
“As well as a number of suspected fakes on the market (more in drawings than in paintings, says Wayne), complicating the field has been an epic battle between two specialists, Christian Parisot and Marc Restellini, which aired publicly for more than a decade through the 2000s.”
“[Charles-François] Daubigny … established an entirely novel approach to landscape painting that was to influence Monet, Pissarro and Cézanne and also, quite explicitly, Van Gogh. … He belongs at the fulcrum of modern painting.”
“This fall, the museum will launch the Akron Art Library, which will let any resident with a library card check out artwork as they would books … Many of the pieces will be commissioned from local and regional artists.”
Herr Nilsson lived the (bad) dream.
Click “Visit” on a museum’s page to get opening times, find out what’s on that day and navigate there in one click. We’ve also been experimenting with a new feature. The Art Recognizer is now available in London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Just pull up the app, point your phone’s camera to a painting on display and find all the information you want to know about the artwork. We’re planning to roll this out to museums around the world—so stay tuned.
“This is the single largest collection of Mexican, Latino, and Chicano art in the U.S., with 17,000 pieces. Those include about 800 pieces of Mexican folk art donated by the family of Nelson Rockefeller and work by Mexican artist Diego Rivera.”
“Istanbul anti-smuggling police units contacted two suspects who were trying to sell historical artifacts obtained from illegal excavations upon received intelligence. The two suspects, identified as A.Ş. and Y.Z., demanded 1 million Turkish Liras for the 13 artifacts, which included the Roman period statue of Aphrodite, seven bottles, two wine cups, two cubes and a piece of sheet glass sent as a gift to a princess.”
“The new direction represents the first major shift in programming and collecting priorities since the Spanish-born Salort-Pons, the 46-year-old former DIA curator of European art, succeeded Graham Beal as director last fall. The commitment could transform the DIA into a true national power when it comes to collecting, exhibiting, studying and interpreting African-American art.”
“At dawn on Sunday, … Tunick posed the group in a photographic art installation where they held circular Mylar mirrors over their heads and reflected light at the city [of Cleveland] to expose what they view as the naked truth about Republicans.” (By now, of course, this is one of the less weird things to have happened there.)
“I very much appreciate and identify with the mission of this piece. On a political level, my participation will be in contrast to many Republican ideals regarding the use of women’s bodies. My body. My body is mine and I choose how it is used, from abortion to posing nude publicly.”