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Judge Rules Seller Of Fake Hals Must Pay Sotheby’s

As one of the judges said of this costly procedure, the law has “to fall on someone“, as “obviously it did not fall on the forger“. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Sotheby, 11.23.20


Metal Monolith Discovered In The Utah Desert

Wildlife officials spotted the “unusual” object while counting sheep during a flyover in a remote south-eastern area of the US state. They said the structure had been planted in the ground between red rock. There was no indication who installed the monolith, which was about 10 to 12ft (3.6m) tall. – BBC
Tags: Art, US, Visual, Utah Desert, 11.23.20


France’s Anti-Colonialist Art Thief-Activist Acquitted On Free-Speech Grounds

Mwazulu Diyabanza and three accomplices were found not guilty of attempted theft by a judge at Marseille’s High Court over a July 30 incident in which the four men took a ceremonial ivory spear from its perch in the city’s Museum of African, Oceanic, and Amerindian Arts, carried the object to the museum’s courtyard, denounced the “plunder” of African art by European colonials during the 19th and 20th centuries, and awaited the arrival of the police. – Artnet
Tags: Art, France, Visual, Mwazulu Diyabanza, 11.19.20, Marseille s High Court


Why I Steal From Museums: Mwazulu Diyabanza Makes His Case

“These artefacts belong to me, because I am African and Congolese. But also because I am a descendant of Ntumba Mvemba, one of the royal families that founded the Kingdom of Kongo in 1390. … People have to understand that if someone stole their heritage they would react as I am now. Many of my ancestors died protecting these items: they were beheaded. … Their pain is inside me.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.20.20, Ntumba Mvemba, Kingdom of Kongo


The Met Museum @150: Peter Schjeldahl

“The Met is our Home Depot of the soul. It has just about whatever you want, and it has a lot of it, very largely the harvest of past donations, en masse, of the collections of major benefactors—a New York tradition that, per a bequest in 1969, entitled the banker Robert Lehman to require the construction of a whole new wing, devoted to his gifts. (That was annoying, but the art was worth it.)” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Peter Schjeldahl, 11.23.20, Robert Lehman


Philadelphia Museum Of Art Closes, Furloughs Staff

The PMA reopened on September 6 after almost six months of closure. In August, the museum laid off 85 of its employees; an additional 42 workers accepted voluntary separation agreements. The decision to reduce staff was announced two days before the outcome of a union vote at the museum in which 89% of workers voted “yes.” The August layoffs followed a reduction of over 20% of the museum’s workforce (100 employees) in June through a combination of furloughs and voluntary separation agreements. ...
Tags: Art, Visual, PMA, 11.20.20, Philadelphia Museum Of Art Closes Furloughs Staff


Where Did The Banksy Bike Go?

Someone stole half of the artwork in Nottingham, even though the bike was not rideable and seemingly not an attractive target. It’s not the first time the art was hit: “The council had protected the mural with clear plastic sheeting, but it was also targeted with spray paint at least twice.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Nottingham, Visual, 11.23.20


Artists Are Turning London’s Residences Into Street Galleries

The newly developed (for Britain’s second lockdown) Artists’ Walk has more than 115 artists signed up so far – meant for London, yes, but including artists as far away as Wales. One artist: “It’s a great idea and affords people a different experience during their daily walks. … It does mean that those who would be reluctant to set foot in a gallery can still view contemporary art, and others can get their fix.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Wales, Britain, Visual, 11.20.20


A Family Scrapbook Passed Down For Centuries Held An Artistic Surprise

“Not bad: “Four previously unknown drawings by John Constable have been discovered hidden among a jumble of letters, poems, jokes and even dried leaves accumulated in a family scrapbook made over the course of the late 18th and 19th centuries.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, John Constable, 11.22.20


Bringing A Social Sculpture To Life During The Pandemic

And at a retirement home, at that. “With the 31-acre community as her canvas and its 500 residents and staff members as her medium, [Elizabeth] Turk envisioned ‘a wild garden on steroids” for a moving-art installation.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.20.20, Elizabeth -RSB- Turk


Artist Esther Mahlangu Wants African Artists To Stay The Course

Limited public funding is harming African artists, says Ndebele superstar painter Esther Mahlangu. She sees how many young people want to learn at the school she’s set up, but she adds, “there should be more support for artists from governments. They need to promote African art and culture around the world. That would be a very good thing. That way it won’t vanish.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Esther Mahlangu, Ndebele, 11.22.20


The London Home Of Verlaine And Rimbaud Was Slated To Be An Arts Center, But Now It’s Up For Sale

The owner pledged the house to a charity, but a decade after that promise, he’s put it up for sale on the open market. “The campaign for a poetry house had attracted widespread support from leading figures such as the novelists Julian Barnes and Tracy Chevalier, the poet Sir Andrew Motion and the actor Simon Callow.” The charity is now seeking legal advice. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Visual, Simon Callow, Julian Barnes, Andrew Motion, Tracy Chevalier, 11.22.20


Pure Visuals

No need for stories in or about her art, says painter Suzan Frecon. “The more I looked at the paintings, the more I understood how they were painted. That is what mattered. I went with that understanding and direction forever.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.21.20, Suzan Frecon


In Boston, Museum Of Fine Art Workers Vote, In An Absolute Landslide, For A Union

And what union will the more than 200 museum employees be joining? “The vote, which passed by a margin of 133 to 14, means employees across some 30 departments are eligible to join United Auto Workers Local 2110 at a time of deep economic uncertainty.” – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Visual, United Auto Workers


Banks Have Continued To Collect Art As Museums Retreat

As pandemic-related shutdowns have entered their ninth month, and as public collections around the world dramatically scale back programming—if not the collections themselves—banks and other large corporations have continued to collect, lend, and exhibit art. By comparison, 1 in 3 American museums never reopened after shutting down in March, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the American Alliance of Museums. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.19.20


Director Of Cantor Museum At Stanford Ousted Over Management Style

“Susan Dackerman, director of Cantor Arts Center, has resigned under pressure after a lengthy investigation revealed a toxic work culture with heavy staff turnover and low morale at the Stanford University museum.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Stanford University, Visual, Cantor Arts Center, 11.18.20, Cantor Museum At Stanford, Susan Dackerman


1000-Year-Old Viking Burial Site Discovered

“The Gjellestad site is the home of the Jell Mound—one of the largest Iron Age burial grounds in Scandinavia. A landowner first discovered it in 2017 when requesting permission to build drainage ditches across the field near the mound, with experts confirming the find in autumn 2018.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Scandinavia, Visual, 11.18.20


100-Year-Old Viking Burial Site Discovered

“The Gjellestad site is the home of the Jell Mound—one of the largest Iron Age burial grounds in Scandinavia. A landowner first discovered it in 2017 when requesting permission to build drainage ditches across the field near the mound, with experts confirming the find in autumn 2018.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Scandinavia, Visual, 11.18.20


Art Dealers Are Making Buyers Commit Not To Flip The Art. Are Such Contracts Enforceable?

“Contractual terms preventing buyers from reselling works at auction for a fixed period of time — which have become increasingly popular as dealers seek to stamp out speculation that can damage young artists’ prospects — as well as agreements granting galleries the right of first refusal on resales may violate consumer rights, according to Martin Wilson, chief general counsel at [auction house] Phillips. … Fellow lawyers in the UK and US largely agree.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, UK, US, Visual, Phillips, Martin Wilson, 11.18.20


Unknown Da Vinci Sketch Of Jesus Discovered, And Scholar Says It Proves ‘Salvator Mundi’ Is Not By Leonardo

“[This] is the true face of Salvator Mundi,” said Annalisa Di Maria of the UNESCO Center in Florence. “[It] recalls everything in the drawings of Leonardo: it is his language, and speaks loud and clear.” Di Maria argues that this sketch is the study for the real Salvator Mundi by Leonardo; the painting under that title which was sold three years ago for the highest price in history ($450 million), and whose authorship is still debated, looks very different. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Florence, Visual, Leonardo, Di Maria, Salvator Mundi, 11.18.20, Da Vinci Sketch Of Jesus, Annalisa Di Maria, UNESCO Center


Report: Virtual Art Fairs Have Been A Failure

Given the extraordinary volume of resources dealers poured into online sales platforms, and the attention the web has garnered across the industry, the anemic returns on art e-commerce are all the more distressing. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.17.20


Report: Thousands Of American Museums Could Close For Good

The average museum has lost $850,000 to date, though the figure is much higher for large institutions. The Museum of Fine Art, Boston expected a $14 million loss through July alone, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has projected a $150 million shortfall. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Visual, 11.18.20, The Museum of Fine Art Boston


Three Suspects Arrested In $1.2 Billion Dresden Jewel Theft

A team of roughly 1,600 police officers raided 18 buildings in Berlin and arrested three suspects from a notorious crime family, the Remmo clan, in connection with the robbery of historic jewels from the Green Vault museum in Dresden last November. – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Berlin, Dresden, Visual, Green Vault, 11.17.20


For The First Time, An NBA Team Engages A Blue-Chip Artist As Creative Director

“In an unprecedented move, multi-hyphenate artist Daniel Arsham will become the creative director of the Cleveland Cavaliers. … His mandate will ultimately include everything from the imagery on the team’s jerseys and home court, to key aspects of its social-media presence, to collaborative initiatives with Cleveland-based artists and other [local] organizations.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland, Visual, Daniel Arsham, 11.17.20, First Time An NBA


Palm Springs Debate Over Hosting Giant Marilyn Munroe Statue

“Palm Springs City Council has agreed to give the “Forever Marilyn” statue a temporary home along Museum Way for three years, but the plan with PS Resorts, which has been working to bring the statue back to Palm Springs for sometime, will contain an option that would allow the city to terminate the agreement before it expires should issues arise.” – Desert Sun
Tags: Art, Palm Springs, Visual, Marilyn, Palm Springs City Council, 11.12.20, Marilyn Munroe, PS Resorts


How Big Is The New Find Of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts At Saqqara? This Big

“After hinting at a big announcement for days, the Egyptian antiquities ministry revealed the details this morning: more than 100 intact wooden coffins with brightly painted scenes and hieroglyphs, and well-preserved mummies inside.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, Saqqara, 11.14.20


Met Opera’s Custom-Made Marc Chagall Stage Curtain Is Up For Auction

The artist — whose two murals for the opera house’s lobby, famously visible to passersby from well beyond Lincoln Center’s central plaza, were put up as collateral for a loan in 2009 and again in 2014 — created the 65′-by-48′ curtain for a 1967 staging of Mozart’s Magic Flute, the only opera production he ever designed. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Lincoln Center, Mozart, Visual, 11.15.20, Met Opera 's Custom Made Marc Chagall


Fashion Is Fashion. Art Is Art. But…

“I don’t think you necessarily have to own it to appreciate couture. It’s like art. I don’t really like when people talk about fashion as art. Fashion is fashion. Art is art. But yes, I don’t think that you have to own art in order to appreciate art. You can go to a museum and you can appreciate paintings and whatever you like. So why not for couture? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.16.20


Is Baltimore Museum’s Plan To Sell Art Really About Pay Equity?

“The BMA is hardly the only museum with stark pay-equity problems in its lower ranks. But its attention to the issue has set it apart from countless other institutions that have largely ignored the issue. For the sake of the museum’s service workers — and service workers everywhere — here’s hoping they figure it out.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, Bma, Baltimore Museum, 11.12.20


Athens Workers Find A Bust Of A Greek God While Doing Sewer Work

The Greek Culture Ministry was calm about it. “The head, one of many that served as street markers in ancient Athens, was found Friday and it appears to be from around 300 B.C. — that is, either from the late fourth century B.C., or the early third century. It depicts Hermes at ‘a mature age.'” – Seattle Times (AP)
Tags: Art, Athens, Hermès, Visual, Greek Culture Ministry, 11.15.20



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