“The invention of the internet once promised to make knowledge open and accessible to anyone across the world, a perfect, radically open tool that encouraged the sharing of information and knowledge across societies and specialisms. Yet in opposition to the original nature of the web, the mechanisms behind the filter bubble are generating closed systems of knowledge. This is radically harmful to both individuals and societies.”
“Massachusetts collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg, who died in Jan. 2015, donated the money” – more than $35 million – “in her will and, in an unusual move, earmarked it for new art purchases. The final figure is still being determined.”
“This follows the debacle that ensued when the foreign buyer of a £35m work by Rembrandt, Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet (1657), withdrew an export licence application when the Art Fund decided to mount a public campaign to buy the picture for Wales.”
The Temptation of St. Anthony a 10-by-15-inch oil-on-wood panel that was probably part of a triptych, was acquired by the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 1935, where it was last on display in 2003.
“‘What Rebecca’s doing in a very beautiful, subtle way is saying: Look, here’s all these artists who are working right now in Los Angeles,’ says Grant. ‘Do you know them? They want to meet you. They want their work to be known in the public realm and considered on equal footing with male peers.'”
“The brutalist style harks back to an idealistic postwar world where even Conservative governments built council houses; an epoch when carving out a collective future, rather than endlessly showing off on Facebook, was the esprit du temps. Brutalist buildings might look like they want to slap you in the face, but they’re solid and dependable – the opposite of so many of today’s splutters on the skyline, which look like they’ll fall over if you mumble ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum’ near to them.”
“At 331 Art Space in Havana, visitor traffic has gotten so heavy that it’s cutting into work hours. Adrian Fernandez, who shares the space with two other artists, said that in the past six months the studio has received guests from Facebook, Google, UPS, the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. ‘At least we try to have the mornings free—then people come in the afternoon—but as we have more demand that has gotten harder,’ said the 31-year-old photographer.”
“The Met Breuer’s debut marks a moment in which Campbell is tweaking one of America’s most venerable institutions so that it might more broadly fulfill its mission of being an encyclopedic museum — and to be generally more accessible to the public physically, digitally and in the stories about art it chooses to tell.”
“The operation targeted alleged art thieves attempting to sell the painting Woman Dressing Her Hair which was stolen from a collector in New York, Anatolia said.”
Over the past 50 years, abebuu adekai – “proverb boxes,” fantastical caskets hand-carved from wood – “have become one of Ghana’s most unique cultural exports. The curious tradition of burying people in coffins shaped like everything from lobsters to busty women is primarily practiced in Accra and has spawned over 10 workshops in the capital city.”
“Stephan Jost is the director of the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), an institution that, while much smaller in scope and ambition than the AGO, has enjoyed significant growth and stabilized finances under his leadership over the past five years.”
“The piers will connect the mainland to two islands in [northern Italy’s Lake Iseo]: Monte Isola, which Christo said was the tallest lake island in Italy, and the small, private Isola di San Paolo. The waters surrounding them are 300 feet deep; the 50-foot-wide piers, made of some 200,000 polyethylene cubes wrapped in yellow fabric, will barely rise above the surface.”
“As much as anything else, the 83,000-square-foot, $112 million fusion of museum and movie house is a bid by UC Berkeley to put its museum on the arts map as a revived, vital West Coast cultural force.”
James Rondeau, the highly regarded chair of the museum’s department of modern and contemporary art, will take over as president and Eloise W. Martin director Feb. 16, after a Thursday morning vote affirming his appointment by the institution’s board.
The 24-foot-long, rectangular 2005 Haulmark trailer disappeared Nov. 20 from an industrial park near Nordhoff Street and Alabama Avenue … [LAPD] art investigators said the trailer and roughly $250,000 in precious cargo, including art works by Matisse, Chagall, Miró, Haring and Neiman, were stolen. (Wait – all that was worth only $250,000?)
“Ai, China’s most prominent contemporary artist, went on social media to decry Denmark’s ‘shameless’ bill that among other things allows authorities to confiscate valuables from migrants and delays family reunifications for refugees for up to three years. The artist announced that as a direct result of the bill he will pull his exhibitions from ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and the Copenhagen gallery Faurschou Foundation.”
Many started tweeting nude statues in protest; some called it an insult to the nation’s honor; one argued that the Iranians should strip statues if Italy’s prime minister visits; another called it “Italy’s shambolic appeasement of Islamism.” But perhaps it was just good manners? President Rouhani said as much, and thanked his hosts.
“For example, if a jury decides that a doctor must pay millions in damages because he left a surgical instrument inside a patient, other doctors are going to make sure they don’t do the same. Similarly, the jury in the Knoedler trial should signal what is expected from the different parties in art transactions: which red flags should alert galleries to fraud and what investigations should they undertake to safeguard against it?”
“It used to be that university art museums partnered with the French department, and that was considered interdisciplinary. That’s old hat. Now we are looking for new frontiers.”
“King Tut hasn’t been around for a few thousand years, but his power remains: after a botched repair job of the famed pharaoh’s beard left scratches on his burial mask, Egyptian prosecutors have ordered eight museum workers to a disciplinary court for ‘gross negligence.'”
“The director of the Knoedler & Company gallery in Manhattan, which sold dozens of fakes as the work of modern masters, was not duplicitous, but duped by paintings so expertly forged that they also escaped detection by several prominent art experts, a lawyer for the director, Ann Freedman, told jurors in court on Tuesday.”
“The Museum of Modern Art has decided to forgo the retractable glass wall. And it no longer plans to install a floor that moves up and down nor a new entrance to its sculpture garden. Responding to criticism, the museum and its architecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, have dropped the splashiest elements of the expansion plan they disclosed two years ago.”
Two of the designers involved in creating the popular park talk about what the elevated railroad was like before they started working on it, what made their proposal for the project successful, and what they do when a client asks for “another High Line.”
“The private institution will be called the Museum MACAN, for Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, an Indonesian term for archipelago. It is being built and financed by the Indonesian businessman and collector Haryanto Adikoesoemo.”
For the second time since his eponymous Bushwick gallery opened, Christopher Stout logged onto Facebook to find that his account had been frozen. The gallerist, whose interest lies in “subversive art,” had posted an image of Lisa Levy, who plans to sit naked on top of a toilet for two straight days in order to call out “the bullshit trendy art dialogue” that she says is plaguing the art world.
“None of the five finalists clearly stand out, and none are inspiring. Something has clearly gone wrong not just in the design competition, but also more fundamentally in the language of memorialization prevalent today.”
“A virtual-reality experience that throws users into the 1935 painting, “Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus,” forms part of a new exhibition into the relationship between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney.”
“For nearly 600 years, Lorenzo Ghiberti’s panels depicting scenes from the life of Christ on the north doors of the Baptistery in Florence were exposed to the elements and other vicissitudes of time. Now, the gilded bronze doors with their 28 panels have been replaced with replicas made by a team of artisans using the materials and techniques mastered centuries ago by the Renaissance sculptor and his workshop.”
“The artwork, which depicts a young girl from the film and musical Les Misérables with tears in her eyes as CS gas billows towards her, appeared overnight on Saturday. In a first for the elusive graffiti artist, the artwork is interactive and includes a stencilled QR code beneath.”
“We had two glasses of wine and he [the businessman] said, ‘I really like that.’ Two more glasses of wine and he said: ‘I really want that,'” [artist Kevin] Abosch said.”