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US Supreme Court Says UK National Gallery Can Keep Contested Matisse

“Three grandchildren of Greta Moll, the muse depicted in the portrait, had argued that the painting was taken in violation of international law and demanded that the National Gallery pay $30 million in compensation for the painting or return it. But last September, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York affirmed a lower-court decision that the National Gallery and Britain were immune from the jurisdiction of US courts,” and the Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal. – The Art Ne...
Tags: Art, New York, Supreme Court, US, Britain, National Gallery, Visual, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 03.19.19, Greta Moll


Tainted ‘Tintoretto’: Venice Mayor Mars Kaywin Feldman’s Blockbuster Debut at National Gallery

Having heard Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice, expound on Tintoretto’s “values” during yesterday’s livestream of the National Gallery of Art’s press preview for the Venetian artist’s first full-scale retrospective in America, I’m convinced that museums need to lay down some content guidelines (especially for non-museum professionals) to discourage pronouncements that are inappropriate for exhibition openings.” – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, America, Venice, National Gallery, Ajblogs, 03.20.19, Mars Kaywin Feldman, Luigi Brugnaro Mayor


U.S. Government Shutdown Could Torpedo Tintoretto Show At National Gallery

“The exhibition of 16th-century Italian master Tintoretto — one of the most anticipated art shows of the year — is set to open March 10, along with two complementary exhibits on Venetian prints and drawings. Preparations for the shows are weeks behind schedule because of the prolonged shutdown, the longest in history.” Three other Smithsonian museums have already had to postpone exhibitions due to the shutdown. — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, National Gallery, Visual, 01.23.19


The Warhol Foundation Ends Its Smithsonian Ban

The ban started in 2010, when the National Gallery removed (aka censored) a video by artist David Wojnarowicz because of conservative political pressure. Every year since then the Foundation has reviewed its decision. “We thought that a period of time has to go by before you know whether someone has really changed,” says the Foundation president. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, National Gallery, Visual, Foundation, David Wojnarowicz, Warhol Foundation, 01.11.19


UK’s National Gallery to Loan Works to Japan for Olympics

London’s National Gallery will send Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and 60 other paintings on a tour of two Japanese Museums next year in celebration of the Tokyo Olympics. “By sharing the treasures from our world-leading museums and galleries, we can promote the very best of Britain to the globe,” says Jeremy Wright, the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. […]
Tags: Art, Japan, UK, London, News, Britain, Tokyo, National Gallery, Van Gogh, Art News, Minipost, Jeremy Wright, National Gallery to Loan Works


UK’s National Gallery to Loan Works to Japan for Olympucs

London’s National Gallery will send Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and 60 other paintings on a tour of two Japanese Museums next year in celebration of the Tokyo Olympics. “By sharing the treasures from our world-leading museums and galleries, we can promote the very best of Britain to the globe,” says Jeremy Wright, the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. […]
Tags: Art, Japan, UK, London, News, Britain, Tokyo, National Gallery, Van Gogh, Art News, Minipost, Jeremy Wright, National Gallery to Loan Works


National Gallery of Art Closes Due to Shutdown

The latest victim of the US Government shutdown, the National Gallery of Art has shuttered, one day after the Smithsonian network of musuems, which includes the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden closed due to lack of funds. Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, US, Smithsonian, National Gallery, Art News, Minipost, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art


Sister Wendy, 88

After obtaining permission to study art in the 1980s – largely through books and postcard reproductions of the great works obtained from galleries – Sister Wendy decided to write a book to earn money for her convent. Contemporary Women Artists, published in 1988, was followed by more books and articles. In 1991 the BBC commissioned her to present a television documentary on the National Gallery in London. Dressed in black nun’s habit, Sister Wendy stood in front of paintings, and without script...
Tags: Art, London, Bbc, People, National Gallery, Wendy, 12.26.18, Contemporary Women Artists


Washington’s National Gallery Of Art Names New Director, First Woman To Hold Post

“Kaywin Feldman, 52, who has been director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art since 2008, will succeed Earl ‘Rusty’ Powell III, who is retiring after 26 years. She is credited with doubling the Minneapolis museum’s attendance, improving its digital reach and strengthening its connection to the community through initiatives on equity and social justice.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Minneapolis, Washington, National Gallery, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Visual, Kaywin Feldman, 12.11.18, Earl Rusty Powell III


Kaywin Feldman to Head National Gallery of Art

Kaywin Feldman, the director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, will be the new director of the National Gallery of Art. “For more than two decades, she has had a distinguished career as an art museum director with major successes,” says NGA president, Frederick W. Beinecke. Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, National Gallery, Art News, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Minipost, NGA, Kaywin Feldman, Frederick W Beinecke Read


Last days of Thomas Cole at the National Gallery

Yesterday I went to see the exhibition of paintings by Thomas Cole at the National Gallery. It's impressive and I learned a lot. The exhibition Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire is in the Ground Floor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
Tags: Art, National Gallery, Thomas Cole, Ground Floor, Making A Mark


Rebuild Of Scottish National Museum To Start (Already Three Years Late And Over Budget)

Work on the first new exhibition spaces the nation’s most important paintings to be created in more than 30 years is set to get under way as part of a long-awaited overhaul of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. However the cost of the project – which also involves a new look for part of East Princes Street Gardens – has soared by nearly a third, is running three years late, and has had to be scaled back significantly since plans were first unveiled four years ago.
Tags: Art, Edinburgh, National Gallery, Visual, 09.26.18, East Princes Street Gardens


New York Court Rejects Family Claim to Matisse Work

A federal appeals court in New York has rejected a claim to a 1908 Matisse painting owned by the National Gallery in London by the grandchildren of the woman in the work. “The alleged taking of the painting was committed by a private actor” not “a sovereign”, the panel of judges said. “The National Gallery’s refusal to compensate […]
Tags: Art, New York, London, News, National Gallery, Art News, Minipost, Matisse, New York Court, Matisse Work


Who Should Next Run Washington DC’s National Gallery

With Earl Powell’s 26-year tenure coming to an end, the museum has the opportunity to revitalize its programs and modernize its operation, according to interviews with 22 current and former employees and industry experts. The selection of its next leader — expected to be made next month — could determine whether it continues to hew to the past or emerges at the forefront of a quickly evolving museum industry.
Tags: Art, Washington Dc, National Gallery, Visual, 08.29.18, Earl Powell


Curator's introduction | Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

If you've not yet visited the Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire exhibition at the National Gallery in London (or maybe you missed Thomas Cole's Journey - Atlantic Crossings at the Metropolitan Museum of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Katherine Tyrrell]
Tags: Art, London, National Gallery, Katherine Tyrrell, Thomas Cole, Journey Atlantic Crossings


Laid-Off Educators Sue UK’s National Gallery To Be Compensated As Employees, Not Freelancers

A group of 27 lecturers, art historians, and artists who provided services for the museum’s education department (until they were made redundant last October) “say that they were paid through the National Gallery payroll, taxed at source and wore staff passes. ‘We were required to attend staff training and team meetings and received formal reviews of our work,’ they write.”
Tags: Art, UK, National Gallery, Visual, 07.17.18


In Today’s Art Market, the ‘Male Gaze’ Is Not a Good Look

The National Gallery in London paid about $4.8 million for a work by a 17th-century female artist, but pieces by male artists of the 19th century are out of fashion.
Tags: Art, London, News, Auctions, Sculpture, National Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Women and Girls, National Gallery (London


The National Gallery Of London Buys A Painting By Artemnesia Gentileschi, Raising Its Number Of Works By Women To 21

That’s out of 2300 artworks that the National Gallery owns, by the way. But anyway, the National Gallery spent millions of pounds on this rare painting. Gentileschi “was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia del Disegno in Florence and largely rejected the subject matter expected of female artists, preferring to paint heroic women, often in the nude.”
Tags: Art, National Gallery, Florence, Visual, National Gallery of London, Gentileschi


Donor Saves Canada's National Gallery From Having To Sell Painting

The National Gallery announced on Thursday it will not pay a penalty itself for withdrawing the 1929 work The Eiffel Tower from auction, the proceeds of which it had planned to use to buy a Jacques-Louis David painting from a Quebec church. The gallery said an unidentified donor had agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Christie’s […]
Tags: Art, Canada, Eiffel Tower, National Gallery, Quebec, Visual, Christie, Jacques Louis David, 05.10.18


Review: Monet and Architecture at the National Gallery

I highly recommend, if you're in London this summer, that you go and see Monet and Architecture at the National Gallery - until 29th July.  The 75 paintings in the exhibition spans 1860 - 1912 and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Katherine Tyrrell]
Tags: Art, London, National Gallery, Monet, Katherine Tyrrell


Fourth plinth: how a winged bull made of date syrup cans is defying Isis

Michael Rakowitz used 6,000 tin cans to rescue a treasure destroyed by Isis. The Iraqi-American, who once made a work out of Saddam Hussein’s dinner plates, explains why he likes causing troubleIn February 2015, Isis militants videoed themselves drilling the face off one of the commanding stone statues that had guarded the gates of the ancient city of Nineveh for more than a thousand years. The lamassu – winged bulls with serene human faces – were among the most monumental casualties of a spree ...
Tags: Art, Isis, London, Islamic State, Iraq, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Installation, National Gallery, Saddam Hussein, Trafalgar Square, Fourth plinth


Jean-Charles Cazin

Jean-Charles Cazin was a 19th century French painter who painted primarily landscapes and pastoral scenes, but also cityscapes of Paris and some smaller towns. When I first saw the painting now titled Paris Scene with Bridge (above, top) at the National Gallery in DC, I was immediately charmed by it. The painting is small, roughly 10 x 13 inches (24 x 21 cm), but striking and remarkably modern looking. Though Cazin was undoubtedly influenced by the immediacy and painterly approach of the Impre...
Tags: Art, Paris, National Gallery, Gallery And Museum Art, Jean Charles Cazin, Cazin


Visitor Admissions Have Plunged For Two Big London Museums

The National Gallery had 6.3 million visitors in 2016, but this fell to 5.2 million last year, a drop of 17%. The NPG did much worse, with numbers decreasing from 1.9 million to 1.3 million—a fall of 35%. The data for May to December 2017, as reported in the Times newspaper, presented an even more […]
Tags: Art, National Gallery, Times, Audience, Visual, NPG, 02.28.18, Big London Museums


Shows By Chuck Close And Thomas Roma Canceled Or Delayed Because Of Sexual Harassment Allegations

The National Gallery of Art pulled the plug on a May show for Close, accused of "unwelcome attention" and more by several women, and the planned Roma photography show in September. "The National Gallery’s decision is unusual, and most institutions are not reconsidering their decision to hang work by Mr. Close on their walls."
Tags: Art, National Gallery, Roma, Visual, Thomas Roma, 01.26.18


Top Posts From AJBlogs 12.21.17

National Gallery Does It Again: A Wonderful Christmas Theme “The first Christmas gift is gold …” says the National Gallery’s Caroline Campbell as she begins a video inviting visitors to explore the theme of gold in the stories told by art at the London museum. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-12-20 A Plenitude of Nudes: Drawn to Michelangelo’s Musclemen at the Met “This drawing is the reason why I’m a curator at the Met,” Carmen Bambach confided during a victory lap around he...
Tags: Art, London, Georgia, Athens, National Gallery, Ajblogs, Palmieri, Michelangelo, Bodleian Library, 12.21.17, Caroline Campbell, Carmen Bambach


Dutch Aristocrat’s Donation Goes on View in London

Dutch aristocrat Baron Willem van Dedem’s donation of four Old Masters paintings will go on view at the UK’s National Gallery this week. “We are honored that the National Gallery acknowledges the quality and rarity of these four paintings that our father and grandfather collected over a period of more than 50 years,” says the baron’s son, Frits van Dedem. […]
Tags: Art, London, News, National Gallery, Art News, Minipost, Baron Willem van Dedem, UK s National Gallery, Frits van Dedem


Kehinde Wiley on Painting the Powerless. And a President.

The painter of Barack Obama’s National Gallery portrait talks about representing young black men — and the man who was once the most powerful in the world.
Tags: Art, News, Obama, Barack Obama, Wiley, National Gallery, Barack, Smithsonian Institution, Kehinde Wiley, Politics And Government, National Portrait Gallery (Washington, Kehinde, Stephen Friedman Gallery


Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.08.17

Trusty Rusty: Powell to Retire from Longtime Gig at National Gallery It’s entirely in keeping with Rusty Powell‘s self-effacing nature that the National Gallery’s homepage today is all about the art, with no hint of its big news: The museum’s longest-serving director, who assumed that post ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-11-08 Camerata Pacifica and Chamber Music in SoCal Recently I've enjoyed a performance by the chamber group Camerata Pacifica and several conversations with its...
Tags: Art, National Gallery, Ajblogs, Powell, Louvre Abu Dhabi, 11.08.17, Rusty Powell, Camerata Pacifica and Chamber Music, Camerata Pacifica, Adrian Spence


National Gallery of Art Director Earl “Rusty” Powell to Retire in 2019

National Gallery of Art Director Earl “Rusty” Powell will step down in 2019, bringing to close a tenure that saw steady growth and development for the museum. “I think I have run a pretty good race here, and it seems sort of a logical time,” Powell said. “I turn 75 next year. And this will be […]
Tags: Art, News, National Gallery, Art News, Minipost, Powell, Earl, Earl `` Rusty '' Powell


Director Of National Gallery Of Art In DC To Step Down After 25 Years

"National Gallery of Art Director Earl 'Rusty' Powell, whose tenure has been marked by the collection's growth, the renovation of nearly every space and a startling lack of controversy, will retire in early 2019 after more than 25 years in charge. ... Next year, the trustees will begin the process of finding a successor for […]
Tags: Art, National Gallery, Visual, 11.07.17, Earl Rusty Powell



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