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What does artist David Hockney think about what makes a masterpiece, how great artists of the past have approached their craft, and a number of other topics relevant to art history? You’ll have your chance to find out with the…
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 01:09
After decades in the making, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture opened to the public during a three-day celebration this past weekend, which included a dedication on Saturday by President Obama. The museum’s opening in the last months…
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 01:07
When Fidel Castro and Che Guevara discussed thier desire to educate the people in a show of power for the revolution—the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools) was born. Housing an art school that reflected the new socialist Cuba…
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:58
Artist and architect Anish Kapoor has collaborated with developers to create the “blackest black” pigment, which he now owns exclusively. Comprised of microscopic stems of color that trap nearly 97% of the light, the pigment is the blackest material in…
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:54
It took the sleuthing of BBC1’s “Fake or Fortune” presenter Bendor Grosvenor, also an art historian, to realize that a painting owned by a museum in Wales for 150 years, and identified as a copy, was actually an original work…
Posted on Monday, 26 September 2016 22:59
The Great Wall in China, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the subject of much discontent after news has spread of botched restoration of a section dating back 700 years. This previously unrestored five-mile stretch, among its most…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 18:41
In 2013, looters entered the Mallawi Museum in Minia, Egypt, shot staff and a security guard, and absconded with or vandalized 1,000 objects from the collection. Information on the missing artifacts was distributed and in the ensuing years nearly all…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 18:40
The allure of fast cars and sleek lines will continue to attract enthusiasts, but the high-end consumer spending on classic vehicles may be waning. Indicators suggest that while the average auction prices were up last year, the overall volume of…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 18:38
Following an undercover sting operation at the Metropolitan Fine Arts and Antiques store in New York City on September 22, three antiques dealers were arrested for selling ivory works of art without a license. This is the result of a…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 17:22
When a gallery receives an infusion of $42.5 million, naturally the donor is recognized. In the instance of the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York, this comes in the form of a name change—to the Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum. Investor and…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 16:22
As part of a trilogy of special exhibits to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday year, visitors to Windsor Castle are now able to view “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe.” Among the attire on view…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 03:04
Allegedly owing $621 million in taxes to the French authorities, the heir of a New York art-dealing empire, Guy Wildenstein, has appeared in a Paris court, potentially facing up to a decade in prison if convicted. What is considered one…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 01:55
The life stories of LGBTQ men and women who made historic contributions to society have often been ignored or underestimated. A new initiative, undertaken by Historic England and referred to as Pride of Place, is relisting (protecting) the homes of…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 01:45
What distinguishes a chair designed by an architect rather than a furniture designer? Whey would an architect want to design a chair? These and many other ideas are explored in “Chairs by Architects” (Thames & Hudson).
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 01:40
Branding and statement architecture are often seen by museum administrators as essential to attracting audiences. But what does the public want? The focus has shifted to visitor experience and making museums leisure destinations. As museums get bigger, the tension between…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 00:10
The architect David Adjaye is realizing a dream project. At the end of this month, he will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture — the 12th and final Smithsonian museum on the National Mall — on…
Posted on Thursday, 22 September 2016 02:12
Director of Agence France-Muséums Manuel Rabaté will be the first director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Rabaté has been in his role at Agence France-Muséums, the governmental department charged with the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project, since 2013.…
Posted on Thursday, 22 September 2016 01:15
Actors and art collectors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt amassed a collection estimated to be worth $25 million. Curious as to what they collected during their now dissolving marriage?  
Posted on Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:31
The Tate has acquired a rare circa-1650s painting of an unknown woman, by Joan Carlile, thought to be Britain’s first professional female portrait painter. The earliest of Carlile’s works to enter the collection, it is also the earliest work by…
Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 23:54
Celebrating its first year of operation, the Broad Museum in LA welcomed its 820,000 visitor at the close of its inaugural year. Built by acclaimed architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Broad houses the impressive collection of one of the…
Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 23:32
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