Thirty-one teams from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia are competing in the 1st-Annual International RobotArt Competition. Votes from the public will help select the winner.
Generous initial offer to help in reconstructing the ruined city, or empty gesture of solidarity? Public educational endeavor, or merely another selfie magnet? And the questions don’t stop there.
“Mr. Emanuel is pitching a new plan that would include demolishing a much derided but spacious older section of the city’s lakefront convention center to make room for the museum and a new park. New convention space would be added under the plan as well.”
“Back in 1999, Ms. Sherman insisted that ‘I’m under so many layers of makeup that I’m trying to obliterate myself in the images. I’m not revealing anything.’ Now she admits to a more ‘personal aspect’ in her images of aging stars: ‘I, as an older woman, am struggling with the idea of being an older woman.'”
“Mr. Smith, for example, who has taken over the super PAC’s Instagram arm, has made a series of photographs of gun owners extolling their favorite weapons. The artist Will Steacy, who describes himself as a ‘former union laborer,’ makes collages that reveal a stance closer to Libertarianism.”
“‘We’re moving into a space and not having a capital campaign,’ said Ethan Seltzer, PICA’s board president and a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. ‘This is mind-blowing.'”
“In the 16th century, Pope Gregory assigned the monk and geographer Ignazio Danti to carry out the project. In turn, Danti hired several artistic stars of the day and up-and-comers as well to illustrate the maps, including Girolamo Muziano, Cesare Nebbia and the Flemish brothers Matthijs and Paul Bril. The Brils excelled at landscape paintings—an essential skill for the work.”
“Art Brussels, meanwhile, packed a taut punch into its new space and welcomed a fair-record 10,000 visitors its first day, Ms. Gregos said. She demurs from calling it ‘Europe’s most cutting edge major art fair,’ (but it seems likely it is).”
“SFMOMA is about to rise high up the table of art museums and become an unmissable attraction on the west coast. Without doubt this achievement is in part a product of the money-fuelled transformation of the Bay Area – and the gallery’s expansion is unlikely to silence the increasingly loud talk of how the tech industry has stripped San Francisco of its culture and its soul.”
“Purple is a branding color, a very special color. Not many people use it.”
“The unfinished oil on canvas, thought to date from the mid-1980s, will settle £559,773 of tax. Arts Council England, which administers the acceptance in lieu scheme, said the portrait fragment had only been discovered recently.”
“Perry Rubenstein, 62, was arrested late Thursday in Santa Monica, more than a month after prosecutors filed charges alleging three felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement. The complaint requested that he be held on $1-million bail.”
“Throughout the Lodi district of Milan, Italy, artist Biancoshock has transformed abandoned manholes into miniature subterranean rooms. Beneath the pavement, in vacant maintenance vaults, a cupid painting in a gaudy frame hangs in a tiny pink living room; a boxy kitchen is stocked with pots and pans; and a blue-tiled bathroom is complete with shower and towel.”
“Three weeks after the anxious official unveiling … and five years after construction began, the appraisal of skeptical Parisians, it seems, is like the face the city presents to the world: reserved and critical, but not unwelcoming. At least, they are learning to live with it, if only because it is going nowhere.”
“Modern and contemporary art dominate the action these days – in auction houses and galleries, as well as museums. Everyone wants in, including a revered institution like the Met, which is striving to play catch-up even as it is struggling to pay the bills.”
“Painted originally in 1961 in the bedroom of New York City’s Chertoff children – Nina and Larry – and moved to the Rosenbach several years ago, the mural now promises to catch the eyes of borrowers at the … Free Library of Philadelphia’s new branch, opening soon at Broad and Morris Streets in South Philadelphia.”
“The museum is acknowledging that it may have overreached and is facing a deficit of $10 million this year, which officials said would almost certainly balloon to as much as $40 million if the Met does not change course and scale back.”
When a long-term relationship comes to an end, what is the fallout? Who gets the unsold art? And what if the gallery has invested in the production of work that is still in its possession?
“The Louvre’s audience-control issues aren’t unique to that institution; at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, you have to work your way up to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch through the crowds of people clustering around … So what’s to be done?”
“Lawsuits by artists and collectors, seeking the return of consigned works, demanding profits, or both, have never stopped Douglas Chrismas, the founder of Ace Gallery, from doing business. … But on April 6, Mr. Chrismas lost the keys to his gallery, after failing to make a $17.5 million court-ordered payment to settle his debts in a long-running Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.”
The electricians started drilling and hit a hard layer 18 inches below the surface. It was found to consist of pieces of mosaic. “We knew the significance of that straight away,” added Irwin. “No one since the Romans has laid mosaics as house floors in Britain. Fortunately we were able to stop the workmen just before they began to wield pickaxes to break up the mosaic layer.”
“An extraordinary brooch made by Paul Gauguin for his wife Mette has gone on display at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. … This bizarre creation [is] crafted from a piece of stovepipe scrap metal, a glass watch-dial case and a lock of hair. Arguably, this piece of jewellery is among the earliest ‘readymades” in art history.
“For a magical time in the 1960s and ’70s, your wood-paneled basement hideaway wasn’t worth its weight in cheap weed and questionable acid without a collection of psychedelic blacklight posters. Combining Art Nouveau, Surrealism, Pop Art, and countless other artistic styles with the relatively new (commercially anyway) phenomenon of fluorescence, these glow-in-the-dark posters became an icon of the Summer of Love and its youth culture. Here’s where they came from and how they worked.”
“The scale model of the Arch of Triumph has been made from Egyptian marble by the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) using 3D technology, based on photographs of the original arch.”
“Activists protesting severe pollution levels in Medellín, Colombia, aired their concerns last week with a striking public gesture: they strapped giant face masks onto a number of Fernando Botero sculptures in the famous Botero Plaza.”
“The [four] ‘most appealing and most missed’ of 24 artworks looted from Westfries Museum in Hoorn in 2005, were revealed at a press conference by the Ukrainian secret service in Kiev on Thursday. According to reports, the 16th and 17th century paintings had been held to ransom for €50 million by a far-right Ukrainian militia.”
“The US Senate unanimously passed a bill intended to stem the perceived flow of illicitly removed artefacts from Syria on Wednesday, 13 April. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act had already passed Congress’s lower chamber, the House of Representatives, and is headed to President Obama to be signed into law.”
“I have never deliberately done something wrong, which is to say knowingly. It doesn’t mean I haven’t…done things that I would like to take back…Mistakes happen. Since the beginning of mankind we have seen mistakes with thinking something is, and it isn’t.
“They asked Asian women to finish this sentence: ‘All asian women are not ____.’ They received hundreds of submissions, but decided to present 100 statements that seemed to consistently come up. The statements succinctly touch upon the fetishization of Asian women, the model minority myth, the token sidekick and myriad other stereotypes that Asians face.”
“Gulf Labor members said they, along with other rights advocates, had provided the museum with examples of contract language that could help address issues related to recruitment fees, wages and the ability to organize. Museum officials have said those areas were beyond their direct influence.”