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British Museum to Digitize Collection

October 18th, 2023

Following a string of controversial thefts, the British Museum has announced ambitious plans to digitize its collection. “Following the discovery that objects have been stolen from the collection, we have taken steps to improve security and are now confident that a theft of this kind can never happen again,” says interim director Mark Jones. “It is my belief that the single most important response to the thefts is to increase access, because the better a collection is known – and the more it is used – the sooner any absences are noticed.”
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Ann Philbin, Hammer Museum Head, To Retire

October 18th, 2023

Ann Philbin, director of UCLA’s Hammer Museum, has announced plans to retire. She will step down from the post in fall of 2024.
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Arthur Brand Recovers Series of Works Stolen from Dutch Town of Medemblik

October 18th, 2023

Art sleuth Arthur Brand has recovered a bundle of six paintings, stolen from the Dutch town of Medemblik this month. The works were delivered to Brand’s home after a statement that the thieves would have a hard time selling the pieces. “I’m very thankful that they decided to do the right thing. Stealing is wrong, but if you return it, at least you do something right,” he said. 
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Barnaby Furnas

b. 1973
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Marianne Boesky Gallery

Education includes:

Columbia MFA, New York
School of Visual Arts BFA, New York

“Barnaby Furnas’s paintings rival the sensationalism of Hollywood special effects: forms explode with Technicolor glory, pyrotechnics and gore are reinvented with painterly splendor, and action-packed carnage is frozen in all-angle suspense. Drawing from the ultra-violence of big-screen cinema and illicit video games, Barnaby Furnas develops his own subversive cartoon world, populated by rock stars and Abe-Lincoln look-a-likes hell-bent on maniacal destruction. Barnaby Furnas uses his blood-and-guts subjects as a means to flirt with abstraction and design, entrenching his hyper-contemporary scenes in historical tradition. Creating a sophisticated visual tension, Barnaby Furnas’s work mirrors a current social anxiety, troubled by the glamorization of war, corruption of faith and the legacy of false heroes.” – Patricia Ellis from

Following the historical painterly tradition, Furnas mixes his own paint out of a combination of urethane and pigment. His style is marked by an unique application of paint, often using explosive splatters of red over a blue background and an unabashed mixture of abstraction and representation.

RXArt Party 2007 [ArtObserved]

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Wikipedia Entry