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Paintings By Queen Victoria Head to Auction in London

January 20th, 2023

A rare pair of floral paintings by Queen Victoria will go to auction next week, expecting prices of £8,000 and £10,000, Art News reports. 
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Michael Rakowitz Proposes Gift of Fourth Plinth Statue to British Museum in Exchange for Return of Assyrian Arifacts to Iraq

January 20th, 2023

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz is proposing that the British Museum return one of its ancient Assyrian treasures to Iraq in exchange for the donation of his fourth plinth sculpture to the UK. “As I pondered my gift to the nation of Great Britain, I began to fantasise that it could be attached to a second gift: the return of one of the British Museum’s lamassu to the country of Iraq, to replace what was destroyed by Daesh [or Islamic State],” he writes in an open letter.
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Art News Traces Continued Challenges of Repatriation at The Met

January 20th, 2023

Art News has a piece this week discussing ongoing issues with repatriation at The Met, reviewing some disputed works still on view. “Once you know that someone is acquiring artifacts without looking too closely as a source, the first thing you should do is look deeper,” says Erin Thompson, an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Dan Flavin

1933 – 1996
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Education includes:

Columbia University, New York
New School for Social Research, New York

Flavin is a Minimalist artist best known for his installations that feature fluorescent light fixtures.

Never receiving formal instruction regarding art, his first solo show was held in 1961 at New York’s Judson Gallery. That same year, he began experiment with electric light, ultimately leading to his first work that featured fluorescent light released in 1963 called the diagonal of May 25, 1963. In 1964, he was given an award by the William and Norma Copley Foundation following a recommendation by Marcel Duchamp, the artistic pioneer linked closely to the Dada and Surrealist movements.

Flavin’s involvement with key art shows in the latter half of the 1960s earned him the reputation as one of the originators if Minimal art. In 1969, his first retrospective “fluorescent light, etc. Dan Flavin” traveled throughout North America. The Dia Art Foundation began purchasing his works in 1974 and in 1983, facilitating his largest permanent installation of nine works in a former firehouse in Bridgehampton, New York, now known as the Dan Flavin Art Institute.

Since his death in 1996, three other permanent installations have been erected; one in Milan in 1997, one in Houston in 1998 and one in 2000 at Donald Judd’s Marfa, Texas Chinati Foundation.

Zwirner & With New York, March 6 – May 3 2008 [ArtObserved]

External Links

Wikipedia Entry