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One Of The Hearts Of The Met Museum’s Ancient Greek Collection Was Arguably Looted En Masse

Writer Thomas O’Dwyer makes the case that The Cesnola Collection — assembled by an impoverished Italian aristocrat who emigrated to the States, fought in the Civil War, got himself appointed consul in Ottoman Cyprus for both the U.S. and the Russian Empire, and then got himself named the Met’s director — is comparable to the Elgin Marbles and was similarly criticized at the time. — 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Cyprus, States, Elgin Marbles, Visual, 01.21.19, Thomas O Dwyer, Cesnola Collection

How The World’s Biggest Financial Scandal Ensnared The Art World (And Leonardo Di Caprio)

Nate Freeman recaps the story of financier Jho Low and 1MDB, the enormous Malaysian government investment fund whose billions were diverted into the personal accounts of former prime minister Najib Razak and his family and friends — and from there into extremely high-priced art. — Artsy
Tags: Art, World, Visual, Najib Razak, Leonardo Di Caprio, Jho Low, Nate Freeman, 01.17.19

Barnes Foundation Aims To Raise $100 Million For Endowment (And It’s Already Well On The Way)

“With its centennial year approaching in 2022, the Barnes Foundation is on a path to raise $100 million by that celebratory anniversary, its leaders said Tuesday. The campaign has quietly bubbled along for more than a year, bringing in its first donation in December 2017, and has raised $35.3 million so far in pledges and gifts.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Visual, Barnes Foundation, 01.22.19

A Scaffold Is Intruding On A Historic James Turrell Ceiling “Window”

The obstruction seems to be protruding from the gargantuan high-rises going up across the street from PS1, at 22-44 Jackson Avenue. These two residential buildings, which replaced the former legendary graffiti haven 5Pointz, are also called 5Pointz and will house 1,115 units total (including 223 affordable housing units) when they’re finished. – Gothamist
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.17.19, Historic James Turrell Ceiling

Gallery Sues Former Employee For Stealing “Trade Secrets”

It alleges that Bona Yoo, a former director who is now working at Lévy Gorvy gallery as a sales director, “surreptitiously copied valuable trade secrets” from Lehmann Maupin’s computer systems before she left and “maliciously corrupted” or deleted important information from the gallery’s database. Yoo’s plan, according to the lawsuit, was designed to impede the gallery’s business while simultaneously allowing her to use the information for her own financial gain at another gallery. – Artnet ...
Tags: Art, Visual, Lehmann Maupin, Yoo, Lévy Gorvy, Bona Yoo, 01.21.19

Surprise: 300-Year-Old Painting Uncovered In Fashion Boutique Remodel

Boutique renovations, like most renovations, are often delayed. They frequently run over budget. But rarely are they delayed and over budget because a mysterious artwork more than three centuries old has resurfaced. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.21.19

Guy Who Bought Banksy Mural On Welsh Garage Will Build Urban Art Centre Around It

Art dealer John Brandler, who paid an unannounced sum in the hundreds of thousands of pounds to the garage’s owner, says that he met with officials from the city of Port Talbot (where the mural was painted) and the Welsh Assembly to discuss a site for the new gallery. — The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Port Talbot, Welsh Assembly, 01.21.19, John Brandler

National Museum Of Brazil Opens Its First Exhibition Since Disastrous Fire

The show, housed at another Rio museum, the Palace of the House of Money, features fossils found in Antarctica. Eight of the items on display, including a pterodactyl bone, were recovered from the museum’s ashes, the other 152 in the show were borrowed from other collections. — Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Antarctica, Brazil, Rio, Visual, 01.16.19

Why The Bauhaus Still Has Ahold Of Us 100 Years Later

The name has become an adjective as well as a noun – Bauhaus style, Bauhaus look. And now it is coming up for the centenary of its founding, which shows both that what was called the “modern movement” is now part of history and that its influence is very much still around us. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.20.19

Gary Indiana Didn’t Care About His Village Voice Reviews. But He Had Fun

Sometimes he wrote columns in which all of the proper names had been excised, which rendered them useless as gallery PR; others featured pseudonymous composite characters like “Gaston Porcile Vitrine,” an allegory of art-world fickleness who finds himself suddenly, humiliatingly shunned at downtown hangouts after a season or two in the limelight. – The Baffler
Tags: Art, Visual, Gary Indiana, 01.17.19

What’s Art Worth? At Heart, It’s An Easy Question

Though the art market is often described as capricious, it has a clear logic: the art that commands the most money at a given moment is that which best reflects its collectors’ view of themselves—pious or powerful, beautiful or deep. Jeff Koons—whose shiny objects, vendor-babble, and dead smile recur like a fugal motif throughout the film—has provided this service for decades, celebrating the crass while flattering his buyers that they are clever and superior for being in on the joke. – New Yor...
Tags: Art, Jeff Koons, Visual, 01.19.19

How Photography Became The Definitive Record

In “A Chronology of Photography” photojournalist Paul Lowe and his contributors detail the medium’s swift progression from the purview of the scientists who invented it (noted astronomer John Herschel coined the term “photograph” in 1839, combining the Greek words for “light” and “drawing”) to its adoption by entrepreneurs who established thousands of photographic studios to meet the growing demand among members of the middle class for images of themselves, something previously available only ...
Tags: Art, John Herschel, Visual, Paul Lowe, 01.18.19

Everything Is (Could Be) A Museum Now

Cassie Grimaldi imagines some new contenders, such as the Center for Translation Of Vague Posts: “At this research center, linguists will work to interpret vague social-media posts, past and present, interrogating concepts such as “Who is this subtweet about?”; “What does this away message with unsubtle emo lyrics indicate about its author’s life?”; and “What does the Facebook status ‘don’t ask!!!’ actually suggest?” People will flock to the center to view its coveted Rosetta Stone: an emoji ta...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Visual, 01.18.19, Cassie Grimaldi

Owner Of New Banksy Mural On Welsh Garage Sells It For Six-Figure Sum

Well, it’s one thing to do if you find a Banksy on your property one morning. The garage’s owner, Ian Lewis, has sold the piece, Seasons Greetings, to the Essex-based Banksy expert John Brandler but it will stay in Port Talbot, at least for the time being.” — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Essex, Banksy, Visual, Port Talbot, Ian Lewis, 01.18.19, John Brandler

LA MoCA Will Close Its West Hollywood Satellite

“The Museum of Contemporary Art announced Wednesday that it will close its Pacific Design Center location next month after exhibiting architecture and design at the West Hollywood satellite for more than 20 years. MOCA will continue an architecture and design program, but at its Grand Avenue and Geffen Contemporary locations in downtown L.A.” — Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, La, Visual, West Hollywood, Grand Avenue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Geffen Contemporary, 01.16.19

Ottawa’s National Gallery CEO Steps Down After Ten Years

“I’m especially proud of pumping up the volume on all things indigenous. We’re playing a leadership role in the world here in Canada [recognising indigenous work]. We talked about that since I first got here.” Mayer says it was an “emotional moment” when the museum opened its Canadian and Indigenous Galleries in June 2017, covering 5,000 years of creative output in the region, from First Nations art and objects to contemporary work. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, First Nations, Canada, Ottawa, Visual, Mayer, 01.16.19

200-Year-Old Riverfront Gardens At The Taj Mahal Have Been Restored

These historic gardens, originally built for Agra’s nobility, are two of the city’s few riverfront gardens that survive today. The project of bringing them back to their original glory has involved restoring their original plantings, reactivating their water features, and creating a visitor center. – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Visual, Agra, 01.11.19

When Trees Are Part Of The Design, Is It Okay To Cut Them Down?

Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts has a need to attract new audiences (and don’t we all). So there’s a plan to refresh the complex’s campus, including an idea to cut down a grove of trees and replace it with a lawn. But Mary Louise Schumacher wonders if destroying the trees – an important design element of the current campus – is really in the best interest of the community. – Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Tags: Art, Milwaukee, Visual, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 01.16.19, Mary Louise Schumacher

‘Crown Jewels’ Of Pre-Colonial South African Art To Get New Museum In Pretoria

“One of Africa’s pre-colonial treasures, the Mapungubwe gold collection, discovered in the 1930s near what is now the South Africa-Zimbabwe border, will take pride of place in … the new 280m rand ($19.7m) Javett Art Centre.” — The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Africa, Visual, Pretoria, Mapungubwe, South Africa Zimbabwe, 01.16.19

What It’s Like When *You* Own The Wall Banksy Spray-Painted

“After a Banksy mural appeared on his Port Talbot garage last month, Ian Lewis found himself facing a ‘very, very stressful’ battle to protect the artwork from thieves and vandals. Here, four people share their own, very different experiences of being ‘Banskied’.” — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Banksy, Visual, Ian Lewis, 01.16.19

Five Trends That Will Shape The Visual Art Market In 2019

The rise of Taipei, a realignment in New York, Saudi money… the art world has never been so internationally dispersed… – Artsy
Tags: Art, Taipei, Visual, 01.09.19, New York Saudi

Vandal Attack At Denver Art Museum: Damage Estimate Reduced From $1.93 Million To Less Than $100,000

Last month, an 18-year-old allegedly ran through the museum’s “Stampede: Animals in Art” exhibit, knocking over a display case and smashing centuries-old sculptures and objects from China and the Mayan Empire. Fortunately, the museum has announced that almost everything he broke can be repaired and the financial hit taken by the museum will be much lower than feared. — Denver Post
Tags: Art, China, Visual, Denver Art Museum, 01.15.19

As Senegal Opens New Museum Of Black Civilizations, It Wants France To Return Objects Taken During Colonial Period

“The scale of artifacts in question is staggering. Up to 95 percent of Africa’s cultural heritage is held outside Africa by major museums. France alone holds 90,000 sub-Saharan African objects in its museums.” — The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Africa, Senegal, Visual, 01.15.19

New Fund To Restore And Protect Heritage Sites In War Zones Announces Its First Projects, In Iraq And Mali

The organization — called Aliph, based in Geneva, chaired by billionaire Thomas Kaplan, and funded with $60 million so far — will work on restoring the museum in Mosul and the fourth-century Mar Behnam monastery in Iraq, both wrecked by ISIS, and the 15th-century Askia tomb, a victim of Boko Haram, in the Malian city of Gao. — The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Isis, Iraq, Boko Haram, Mali, Geneva, Visual, GAO, Mosul, Thomas Kaplan, ALIPH, Mar Behnam, 01.16.19, Askia

Priest Decides Painting In His Church Might Be By Michelangelo. Then It Disappears

“After confiding in just 20 trusted people of his suspicion that a painting in his church was a lost masterpiece, a priest in the small Flemish town of Zele, 45 miles north of Brussels, has had to call in the local police over its sudden disappearance. …The work, depicting Mary, Joseph and a sleeping baby Jesus, was due to be assessed within days by a respected Michelangelo expert.” — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Jesus, Brussels, Visual, Michelangelo, Mary Joseph, Zele, 01.14.19

Kanye West Gives $10 Million Toward James Turrell’s Great Land Art Piece

The rapper decided to donate the money after making what he called an “art pilgrimage” last month to see Turrell’s Roden Crater in Arizona’s Painted Desert. Turrell has been working on the project since 1977. — The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Arizona, Visual, Turrell, Roden Crater, 01.14.19, Million Toward James Turrell, Painted Desert Turrell

Miami Art Mogul Launches Award He Hopes Will Rival The Turner Prize

Jorge M. Pérez, the real estate developer whose lead gift for a new building inspired the renaming of what is now the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), has endowed the $50,000 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize, an unrestricted award to a living artist selected by PAMM. An additional grant of $25,000 will go to a young alumnus of the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami. — Artnet
Tags: Art, Miami, Visual, Jorge, National YoungArts Foundation, Pérez Art Museum Miami Pamm, 01.14.19, Jorge M Pérez, Darlene Pérez

Christians In Israel Protest Against ‘McJesus’ Scuplture

“Hundreds of Christians protested outside the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel on Friday against Jani Leinonen’s McJesus sculpture of a crucified Ronald McDonald, conflating the American fast-food chain with the crucifixion. Yet the Finnish artist insists that he requested the work be removed … last September and that it is on display against his wishes.” — The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Israel, Visual, Ronald McDonald, McJesus, 01.14.19, Israel Protest Against ` McJesus, Haifa Museum of Art, Jani Leinonen

The Warhol That Went Missing

The stolen silkscreen was old enough that concerns about it being used once again to make new prints are nonexistent. But as a relic of a those heady, prolific Factory days when Warhol and his assistants were creating the modern Pop Art movement along with a whole bouquet of Flowers is enormous. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Warhol, Visual, 01.12.19

The Last Manhattan Arcade

Chinatown Fair Family Fun Center is a video arcade – and not a new, hip, bar-focused pinball arcade, but an old-school video arcade, which has survived Manhattan’s rising rents and the rise of personal gaming by constant reinvention. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Manhattan, Audience, Visual, 01.14.19, Chinatown Fair Family Fun Center