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Massive New National Museum Of Norway, Home Of ‘The Scream’, Has Opening Date

“Initially slated to debut in 2020, the museum in Oslo — officially called the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design — will now open on June 11, 2022. The [complex], which has been in the works for seven years, brings the collections of three of Norway’s most important art institutions — the former Kunstindustrimuseet, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Gallery — under one roof.” Here’s a first look inside the building, designed by German architects Kleihues + Schuwerk. ...
Tags: Art, Norway, National Gallery, Oslo, Visual, Museum of Contemporary Art, 06.16.21, Massive New National Museum Of Norway Home

Art For The Nose: In Paris, An Exhibition Of ‘Olfactory Sculptures’

“We have art for the eyes and music for the ears, but what about about creative stimuli for our sense of smell? A new show at Phillips auction house in Paris is addressing this question through a new show of olfactory sculptures by six artists, including Joana Vasconcelos and Adel Abdessemed, which incorporate uniquely created fragrances by perfumers.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Paris, Visual, Phillips, Adel Abdessemed, Joana Vasconcelos, 06.17.21

Seattle Art Museum To Ditch “Greatest Hits” Narrative To Be More Inclusive

“The way the [American] galleries are organised now is a greatest-hits presentation very much focused on masterworks” by white artists from the 1600s to 2000s, she notes, including oil paintings, works on paper, sculptures and the decorative arts. “It’s very traditional and focused on a march through history that is ahistorical.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.16.21, Seattle Art Museum To Ditch

Hong Kong Police Raid Gallery For Showing “Seditious” Art

They claimed to have received a complaint that the space was exhibiting “seditious” content—a criminal offense under Hong Kong’s controversial new national security law. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Visual, 06.15.21

‘Miniature Pompeii’ Unearthed Under Derelict Movie House In Verona

“Construction workers renovating an abandoned cinema in the northern Italian city of Verona have stumbled upon what’s been dubbed a ‘miniature Pompeii’ during excavations of the building’s basement. The ancient site was probably abandoned after a fire, but ‘the environment was preserved intact, with the magnificent colors of the frescoed walls dating back to the second century,'” said the local preservation authority. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Verona, Pompeii, Visual, 06.15.21

Will Paris Supplant London As Europe’s Art Capital?

It could indeed happen. Christie’s is owned by François Pinault, CEO of luxury-goods conglomerate Kering (which includes, among others Yves Saint-Laurent and Gucci) and major art collector; French media magnate Patrick Drahi purchased Sotheby’s two years ago; mega-collector and LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault (a rival to Jeff Bezos for the title of world’s richest man) is based in the city as well. New museums and commercial galleries keep opening in the French capital — which is, of course, home...
Tags: Art, Europe, Jeff Bezos, Gucci, Lvmh, Visual, Christie, Sotheby, Yves Saint Laurent, Patrick Drahi, François Pinault, Bernard Arnault, 06.16.21, Will Paris Supplant London

Jennifer Packer Talks About How Painting Works

I’ve never seen a painting that looked real, but I’ve seen paintings that felt real. – Cultured Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.14.21, Jennifer Packer

Rem Koolhaas And Patrick Doan Re-imagine Maps Of Europe

National boundaries, it would seem, hold very little meaning at all. The squiggles hint at other political geographies, from the deeper past or some unimaginable future. – European Review of Books
Tags: Art, Europe, Rem Koolhaas, Visual, 06.13.21, Patrick Doan

Notre-Dame In Paris Needs More Millions To Rebuild After Fire

In the months after the catastrophic 2019 blaze, more than €800 million was raised to reconstruct the 13th-century cathedral. Why is the Diocese of Paris now seeking €6 million more? Not long after the disaster, the French parliament passed a law that the first round of money raised may be used only for structural work and conservation; these new funds will be for new furniture, lighting and sound fixtures, as well as for facilities for the millions of tourists who visit the church. – Yahoo! (A...
Tags: Art, Paris, Visual, 06.14.21

Why Was No Pulitzer For Cartooning Awarded This Year?

The five-person jury for the category picked the finalists but the larger Pulitzer Prize Board, which selects the winners for all the prizes in journalism and the arts, did not do so for cartooning because no consensus pick emerged. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, 06.14.21

China Goes All In To Become “Museum Power” — Opens Five New Museums A Week

In 2000 it had fewer than 1,200 of them. By the end of last year there were nearly five times as many. Helped by a decision in 2008 to allow free entry to most government-run ones, visits have also soared. – The Economist
Tags: Art, China, Visual, 06.12.21

Who Stole $30 Million Worth Of Art From Italy’s State Broadcaster?

“The Italian press has dubbed it the ‘sack of RAI.’ Investigators believe disgruntled former staff members stole a trove of artworks worth an estimated $30 million from the Italian public broadcasting company Rai over a period of decades.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Media, Italy, Visual, RAI, 06.14.21

Have A Look At The New ‘Pop-Up’ Grand Palais In Paris

“The Grand Palais Éphémère, the €40 million temporary building that will host the Fiac and Paris Photo art fairs in Paris while the Grand Palais undergoes renovation, is opening on Saturday on the Champ-de-Mars overlooking the Eiffel Tower.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Paris, Mars, Visual, Grand Palais, 06.10.21

The Modest New York Apartment That’s Home To An Amazing Art Collection

It belongs to Alvin Hall, 68, a broadcaster, financial educator and author, who, through good timing, taste and a bit of luck, began collecting in the 1980s and has been able to buy masterpieces by artists whose work is now worth much more. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Alvin Hall, 06.14.21, Modest New York

A Major New Museum Rises In Orange County

The $93 million building by Morphosis Architects, the 80-personstudio founded by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, was designed to be many things: the new home for a contemporary art museum — more than a decade in the works — that will nearly double exhibition space and raise the institution’s profile, for one. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Orange County, Visual, Pritzker Prize, Thom Mayne, 06.13.21, Morphosis Architects

Art Historian May Have Found Two Unknown Gentileschi Paintings In Beirut

About his research at the palace, Gregory Buchakjian told Hyperallergic, “It’s a big house. There are no labels. It’s not a museum … Some paintings had labels, but they were not necessarily correct.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Beirut, Visual, Hyperallergic, 06.09.21, Gregory Buchakjian

In North Carolina, A New Statue Will Honor Formerly Hidden History

A few days ago, David Zucchino’s book on the 1898 Wilmington Massacre won a Pulitzer Prize. Now, a new statue is about to go up on the North Carolina-Wilmington campus, acknowledging and permanently memorializing the coup and massacre. The challenge for artist Dare Coulter: “‘How do you depict Black joy, resilience,”‘but also convey the horror of the massacre.” – Wilmington StarNews
Tags: Art, North Carolina, Visual, Wilmington, David Zucchino, North Carolina Wilmington, 06.13.21, Wilmington Massacre

Jeanne-Claude And Christo Drew Up Plans In 1962 To Wrap The Arc De Triomphe

Now, their plans are becoming reality. According to Christo’s nephew, “A photo montage of how it would look was done but they never proposed actually doing it because they thought they would never get the necessary permission.” They’re both gone, but the permission has been given. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Christo, Arc de Triomphe, 06.13.21, Jeanne Claude And Christo

The Fights Over Robert Indiana’s Estate Come To An End

It’s been an expensive and draining series of legal battles. “After three years of courtroom hostilities, the estate of the artist Robert Indiana and the artist’s former business partner said Friday that they had agreed to settle the legal disputes that cost the estate millions of dollars and clouded the market for a man known for such works as the sculpture, LOVE.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Robert Indiana, 06.11.21

The Formerly Hidden Histories Of Africans In England

English Heritage commissioned six portraits to emphasize the history – including Roman emperor Septimius Severus, who ordered the strengthening of Hadrian’s Wall while on a trip to Britain. English Heritage’s curatorial director: “African figures from the past have played significant roles at some of the historic sites in our care but many of their stories are not very well known.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Visual, Hadrian, Septimius Severus, 06.09.21

A Much, Much Larger Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Is On Its Way

The collection certainly demands a change: “The current facility, which opened in 1997, originally housed a collection of 40 O’Keeffe paintings. The museum had always been looking to expand, Hartley said, but as the years went on and the museum’s permanent collection size increased to more than 3,000 works — the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation donated 981 additional items in 2006, the year it dissolved — it became clear relocation would be the better option.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Georgia, Visual, Hartley, 06.11.21, Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation

Two Unknown Artemisia Gentileschi Paintings Have Turned Up In The Wreckage Of A Beirut Museum

Art historian Gregory Buchakjian did his Master’s thesis at the Sorbonne on the art collection of the Sursock Palace, where he identified two unattributed canvases as the work of the 17th-century Italian painter. With the decades-long turmoil in the Lebanese capital, Buchakjian and the rest of the world forgot about those two paintings — until the catastrophic explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. In that disaster’s aftermath, the paintings were found in the ruined palace, damaged but intact. ...
Tags: Art, Beirut, Visual, Sorbonne, Sursock Palace, 06.09.21, Beirut Museum, Gregory Buchakjian, Buchakjian

The Truck Is One Of India’s Great Art Media

“Most drivers are on the road for weeks, sometimes months at a stretch, living a nomadic life and often sleeping and eating in their vehicles. Their trucks become their travel companions and their homes, and the drivers go to great lengths to beautify them. … Hand-painted symbols, elaborate patterns, and quirky slogans with bold typography coalesce into vibrant, idiosyncratic artworks. … Highways transform into runways for chunky vehicles drenched in hues of tangerine, canary, plum, and jade gr...
Tags: Art, India, Visual, 06.02.21

The Art Napoleon Stole (And How It Informs Restitution)

“He brought back enough loot from his conquests to fill what would soon become the Louvre Museum. And his ravenous and methodical art seizures — a cultural legacy now being highlighted in 200th-anniversary commemorations of his death — paved the way for similar French excesses in sub-Saharan Africa a century later. Yet many of those works were returned after Napoleon’s defeat, setting precedents that still inform debates about restitution.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Napoleon, Visual, Saharan Africa, 06.09.21

King Philip II’s Raphael Tapestries Are In Danger — From Pigeons

“The exquisite set of Raphael tapestries currently on display in the grand gallery of Madrid’s royal palace has survived five tumultuous centuries of wars, rebellions, bombs, bullets and fire – only to find itself menaced by the more quotidian threat of opportunistic pigeons and their droppings. … The [summertime] need to ventilate the gallery, which gives on to the palace grounds, means opening the windows to both fresh air and pigeons.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Madrid, Visual, Philip II, 06.08.21

2,000-Year-Old Roman Building Discovered On Israeli Coast

“Located just a few meters from the seashore [in Ashkelon], the structure, a public building” — known then as a basilica (not to be confused with the later, Roman Catholic use of the term) — “was divided into three sections: a main hall and two side parts. According to the archaeologists, the main hall was surrounded by massive marble columns as high as 13 m. and ornate with elaborated capitals, featuring plant motifs and in some instances an eagle, a Roman symbol.” – The Jerusalem Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Ashkelon, 05.31.21

Chicago’s City-wide Debate On Its Monuments

No other American city has opened up this sort of wide-ranging dialogue about how cities make monuments. Swept up in this inquiry are five statues of Abraham Lincoln, as well as monuments to George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and the Italian Fascist Italo Balbo. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Chicago, Visual, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Ulysses S Grant, 06.08.21

Museum Endowments Soar During Pandemic — But…

Disappointingly, however, that silver lining has been tarnished by an unconscionable rush to the auction house by numerous museums eager to take advantage of a very bad decision made last year by the Assn. of Art Museum Directors. To ward off expected catastrophe, AAMD hastily relaxed a fundamental prohibition against using income from the sale of museum art to pay for museum operations, which includes collection care. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, AAMD, 06.08.21

NFTs Of Artists Vandalizing Their Art — What Could Go Wrong?

When the artist is the instigator of damage (to their own work, or that of another, such as Robert Rauschenberg erasing a Willem de Kooning work), the act of vandalism becomes part of an artistic strategy. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Willem De Kooning, Visual, Robert Rauschenberg, 06.08.21

How Did We Finally Get To A Consensus On Repatriating The Benin Bronzes? (A Roundtable)

“To better understand this critical turning point, Artnet News brought together three key figures for a conversation about the restitution of the Benin bronzes: Victor Ehikhamenor, a Lagos-based artist and trustee of the Legacy Restoration Trust, an organization working on the Benin bronzes’ return; Pitt Rivers Museum curator Dan Hicks, author of The Brutish Museums; and Marla Berns, director of the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles. Here’s what they told us.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Benin, Lagos, Visual, Pitt Rivers Museum, Artnet News, Dan Hicks, Fowler Museum, Victor Ehikhamenor, Benin Bronzes, 06.08.21, Legacy Restoration Trust, Marla Berns