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Few Americans needed a map to locate “Grandma Moses Country” in the 1950s. For the literal, it could be plotted as that corner of the United States where New York adjoins Massachusetts and Vermont. For most people, though, it was…
Posted on Friday, 29 April 2016 11:18
The Vatican’s Gallery of Maps—a 400-foot-long corridor adorned with painted maps of Italy from the sixteenth century—will reopen on Saturday, April 30, following a four-year restoration. Commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII, the frescoed maps had started separating from the walls…
Posted on Friday, 29 April 2016 11:17
Louis Kahn’s seminal building for the Yale Center for British Art will reopen on Wednesday, May 11, following a comprehensive, eight-year restoration. The museum, which houses Paul Mellon’s illustrious British art collection, has been closed for the past eighteen months.…
Posted on Friday, 29 April 2016 11:16
After a raid at the Geneva Free Ports uncovered a Nazi-looted Amedeo Modigliani painting earlier this month, collectors have begun removing valuable paintings and sculptures from its tax-free storage vaults. Due to the increased scrutiny that has followed the scandal,…
Posted on Friday, 29 April 2016 11:15
On Wednesday, May 11, Sotheby’s New York will auction a trove of postwar and contemporary art estimated to be worth $257 million. The sale will be led by two canvases by Cy Twombly —a blackboard painting, which is expected to…
Posted on Friday, 29 April 2016 11:14
In the 1950s, Los Angeles saw a major population boom, beckoning Americans from across the country to its sun-kissed beaches and sleek, modern homes. The city, which played a pivotal role in the mid-century design movement, quickly developed a reputation…
Posted on Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:08
Furniture and architectural details from the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York will be auctioned at Wright following the legendary eatery’s closure on July 16. An icon of modern architecture, the Four Seasons features Philip Johnson-designed interiors brimming with stylish…
Posted on Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:06
The Minneapolis Institute of Art has named Ghenete Zelleke the James Ford Bell Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture. The department is the museum’s largest, boasting 18,000 pieces of furniture, textiles, silver, porcelain, glassware, and sculpture, as well as period…
Posted on Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:59
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has received a whopping $75 million from two donors—Elaine Wynn, a museum co-chair and a well-known collector who offered $50 million, and A. Jerrold Perenchio, the former CEO of Univision who gifted…
Posted on Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:58
George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, the founder of the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, has passed away. He was 78. Weymouth, an accomplished artist, acquired a nineteenth-century mill in 1971 and after an extensive renovation, established the…
Posted on Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:57
Perry Rubenstein, a well-known Los Angeles art dealer, has pleaded not guilty to three charges of grand theft. Rubenstein is accused of failing to pay more than $1 million to Michael Ovitz, co-founder of the Creative Artists Agency and former…
Posted on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:17
A new documentary by filmmaker Randall Wright explores the work of the pioneering British Pop artist, David Hockney. Hockney, who rose to prominence in the 1960s, is best known for his flat, colorful portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. The film,…
Posted on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:16
The Broad, Los Angeles’ newest contemporary art museum, will implement a new ticketing system starting on May 1. The institution, which opened in September 2015, has been attracting huge crowds thanks to its stellar collection, eye-popping architecture, and free admission…
Posted on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:15
The London-based auction house, Phillips, is ramping up its watch department with the appointment of new specialists in New York, Hong Kong, and Geneva. Focused mainly on twentieth and twenty-first century art, Phillips launched its watch department in 2014. The…
Posted on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:14
The French businessman and art collector Francois Pinault has announced plans to open a private museum in Paris. The luxury goods magnate will showcase part of his illustrious contemporary art collection at the Bourse de Commerce, an eighteenth century building…
Posted on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:13
This bright and welcoming glass house in Southampton, New York, is like a breath of fresh air. The modernist retreat features mid century furniture that is sleek yet livable, and natural elements throughout, adding an earthy appeal to its sophisticated…
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:21
The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will bring two installations to Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, beginning in May. The first installations will be Narcissus Garden and Pumpkin, followed by a version of her wildly popular Infinity Room.…
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:20
Tate Britain has loaned Pablo Picasso’s classically inspired Woman in a Chemise to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The work will be on view from Friday, April 29, through July 2017. In addition to the…
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:19
The Walton Family Foundation—a philanthropic organization established by Walmart founders Sam and and Helen Walton—has donated $10 million to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The bequest was made in honor of John Wilmerding, a curator, deputy director…
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:18
The estate of Lucian Freud has left a previously unseen self-portrait by the British artist to the UK via the nation’s acceptance in lieu scheme. The unfinished painting, which was created in the mid-1980s, will go on view at the…
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:17
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