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Former Scotland Yard Detectives Call on London’s Metropolitan Police to Not Abandon Art Crimes Division

August 18th, 2017

New Scotland Yard, via Financial TimesFormer Scotland Yard detectives have called on London’s Metropolitan Police to maintain its art crimes investigation, following the reappointment of the division’s detectives to investigating the Grenfell Tower fire. “There’s a point when you have to ask when they’re going to come back,” says Vernon Rapley, former head of the art squad at Scotland Yard. “Temporary can become permanent. They are one of the very few international teams that are able to deal with what are incredibly complex and difficult cases that could not easily be dealt with using normal detectives or officers.”
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Njideka Akunyili Crosby Interviewed in W Magazine

August 18th, 2017

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, via WNjideka Akunyili Crosby is profiled in W Magazine this month, with a profile tracing the artist’s work and her response to her recent successes. “People expect me to be happy, but it put a spotlight on me in a way I don’t like at all,” she says. “I like operating quietly, on my own, in the background.”
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Collector David Roberts to Open Sculpture Park in Somerset

August 17th, 2017

David Roberts, via Art NewspaperLondon collector David Roberts has plans to close his gallery, and open a 20-acre sculpture park in Somerset, west England, Art Newspaper reports.“We’ll still continue to do things in London,” he says. “The sale of the venue, which is funded mainly by me, means we can take on more projects.” 
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Former Scotland Yard Detectives Call on London’s Metropolitan Police to Not Abandon Art Crimes Division

August 18th, 2017

New Scotland Yard, via Financial TimesFormer Scotland Yard detectives have called on London’s Metropolitan Police to maintain its art crimes investigation, following the reappointment of the division’s detectives to investigating the Grenfell Tower fire. “There’s a point when you have to ask when they’re going to come back,” says Vernon Rapley, former head of the art squad at Scotland Yard. “Temporary can become permanent. They are one of the very few international teams that are able to deal with what are incredibly complex and difficult cases that could not easily be dealt with using normal detectives or officers.” Read More »

Njideka Akunyili Crosby Interviewed in W Magazine

August 18th, 2017

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, via WNjideka Akunyili Crosby is profiled in W Magazine this month, with a profile tracing the artist’s work and her response to her recent successes. “People expect me to be happy, but it put a spotlight on me in a way I don’t like at all,” she says. “I like operating quietly, on my own, in the background.” Read More »

Collector David Roberts to Open Sculpture Park in Somerset

August 17th, 2017

David Roberts, via Art NewspaperLondon collector David Roberts has plans to close his gallery, and open a 20-acre sculpture park in Somerset, west England, Art Newspaper reports.“We’ll still continue to do things in London,” he says. “The sale of the venue, which is funded mainly by me, means we can take on more projects.”  Read More »

Yayoi Kusama Opening Her Own Museum in Tokyo

August 16th, 2017

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room, via Art NewsArtist Yayoi Kusama is opening her own museum in Tokyo, the New York Times reports.  The five-story structure has been under construction for some time, but its purpose was just recently confirmed by David Zwirner Gallery. The museum will be directed by Tensei Tatebata, and will feature exhibitions centered around Kusama’s work. Read More »

MoMA Extends Friday and Saturday Hours Until 9PM

August 16th, 2017

Louise Lawler. Pollyanna (adjusted to fit), distorted for the times. 2007/2008/2012. As adjusted for the MoMA exhibition WHY PICTURES NOW, 2017. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures. © 2017 Louise LawlerThe Museum of Modern Art will stay open until 9PM on Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the year, effectively extending its hours of free Friday admission as well. The museum’s late hours will offer extended opportunities for visitors to browse the collection through December 30th. Read More »

Alberto Giacometti Drawings Discovered in Holdings of Late Antiques Dealer

August 16th, 2017

Giacometti Drawings, via The GuardianA set of drawings found in a London antique shop are believed to be lost works by Alberto Giacometti, The Guardian reports. The works were found while archiving the holdings of antiques dealer Eila Grahame, whose estate records showed some indication that the works might exist, but gave little detail of their contents. “At the time we didn’t know if it was two pieces of paper, two large sketches, whether they were done on the back of a cigarette packet or whether they were done on large canvases,” says Martin Millard, a director at Cheffins auction house, which is in charge of sorting through Grahame’s estate. “We didn’t know what we were looking for.” Read More »

Artists Evicted from Beijing’s Caochangdi Art District

August 15th, 2017

Evicted artists, via ArtforumA group of artists have been evicted from their homes and studios in the Caochangdi art district of northeastern Beijing by the Chinese government, Artforum reports. The homes had been slotted for demolition, causing protest and resistance from their residents.  Read More »

Met Museum Sees Impressive Gains to Traffic After Open Access Initiative

August 15th, 2017

Met Museum, via Art DailyThe Met Museum has a blog post this week on its continued Open Access initiative, noting impressive gains in traffic and engagement with the museum’s collection, which has been uploaded in full to its website. “Overall traffic to the online collection has increased by 17%, image downloads have increased by 64%, and we’re seeing that users who download an image have a significantly stronger engagement with the collection: they spend five times longer on the site, and visit five times more pages,” Digital Officer Loic Tallon writes in the piece. Read More »

Latin American Galleries Launch Collaborative Space in Glendale

August 15th, 2017

An image from 918 Ruberta Avenue in Glendale, via Art NewspaperMexico City-based dealer Brett Schultz has embarked on a new project in the Glendale area of Los Angeles County, opening a collaborative exhibition space run by a group of five Latin American art galleries. Members are Galería Agustina Ferreyra (San Juan), Lodos (Mexico City), Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City), Carne (Bogotá), and Schultz’s BWSMX, formerly Yautepec (Mexico City). Read More »

Stolen Willem de Kooning Painting Resurfaces 30 Years Later

August 14th, 2017

de Kooning, via NYTA Willem de Kooning painting stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art over 30 years ago has been found in a New Mexico antiques shop. “For us, it was the equivalent of finding a lost wallet and returning it,” says David Van Auker, who found the piece. “It was a no-brainer.” Read More »

Louisville Mayor Commissions Investigation Into City’s Public Art and Its Relationship to Confederate History

August 14th, 2017

Mayor Greg Fischer, via ArtforumFollowing the clashes between white supremacists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, VA this weekend, Louisville’s mayor Greg Fischer has directed the Louisville Commission on Public Art to begin a review of all publicly held art to determine if any of its pieces could be interpreted as honoring bigotry, racism or hatred. “I recognize that some people say all these monuments should be left alone, because they are part of our history,” Fischer said in a statement. “But we need to discuss and interpret our history from multiple perspectives and from different viewpoints. That’s why a community conversation is crucial.”  Read More »

Art Newspaper Reflects on Opening of Pablo Picasso Sculpture in Downtown Chicago

August 12th, 2017

Chicago's Picasso, via Art NewspaperA piece in the Art Newspaper traces the initially contentious history of Pablo Picasso’s now iconic public sculpture in downtown Chicago, which earned considerable derision and criticism when it was first unveiled in 1967. “The tone, and I remember it so vividly, was that we had been had, this alien beast or whatever it is with no name arrived and some poseur artist has played a joke on the city,” says Mark Kelly, Chicago’s current cultural commissioner of its first showing. “I would like to believe that I became a little more open and curious to my urban surroundings and to what was considered art.”  Read More »

Berkshire Museum Faces Criticism Over Deaccession Plans

August 11th, 2017

Berkshire Museum, via Berkshire MuseumPBS has a piece on the recent controversy over the Berkshires Museum’s decision to deaccession a collection of 40 paintings from its collection, including pieces by Alexander Calder, and the protests raised in response.  The museum has claimed the works it wants to sell were “deemed no longer essential to the the Museum’s new interdisciplinary programs,” but is facing criticism over its treatment of the pieces as a rote financial asset. Read More »

New York Times Profiles Washington D.C.’s Dupont Underground, An Arts Space in a Former Subway Station

August 11th, 2017

Dupont Underground, via NYTThe New York Times profiles Dupont Underground, a former subway station in Washington D.C. that has been converted into an arts space. “It’s one of those spaces in the city that becomes mythical because it just hasn’t been open to the public for so long,” said Brianne Nadeau, a member of the City Council. Read More »

Vermeer’s Diverse Painting Techniques Explored in Guardian Article

August 11th, 2017

Girl with The Pearl Earring, via GuardianThe Guardian has a piece on Vermeer’s extensive range of techniques in the creation of his works, including copying and manipulating images to arrive at their masterful final form.  According to new research, the artist may have also used various technological methods, including polished lenses and camera obscuras to create his works. Read More »

John Currin Paints Jennifer Lawrence for Vogue 125th Anniversary Cover

August 11th, 2017

Jennifer Lawrence, via VogueJohn Currin has painted actress Jennifer Lawrence for the cover of Vogue Magazine this month, part of the magazine’s 125th Anniversary celebration. “To be in a situation of producing a cover for this famous magazine, I’m a little scared,” Currin said in an interview. “I do worry about decorum.” Read More »

Sotheby’s Facing Increased Competition from China Guardian as Chinese Auction House Expands

August 11th, 2017

China Guardian, via SCMPThe SCMP has a piece on China’s China Guardian auction house, as the organization expands to go head to head against Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, and prepares a move to a massive new compound in Beijing. “With the extra space in Hong Kong, we can experiment with new categories – watches, jewellery – and new formats, such as a dedica­ted sale of local architect James Kinoshita’s art and furniture collection,” says China Guardian Chief Executive Hu Yan Yan. “It will be designed to resemble his home, as we want to encourage buyers to live with their collection rather than just keep it in a warehouse.” Read More »

NADA New York Moves to West Soho for 2018

August 11th, 2017

Skylight Clarkson, via Art newsThe NADA New York art fair is moving locations again next year, and will set up shop for its 2018 edition at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in West SoHo this coming March. “NADA is dedicated to producing a distinctive New York art fair in March, and we are looking forward to developing a new environment for exhibitors in the pristine studios at Skylight Clarkson Sq,” Heather Hubbs, NADA’s executive director, said in a statement. “As an alliance of professionals working to stage and support contemporary art, we are always creating unique opportunities to assist galleries, and engage the larger community with cultural programming.” Read More »

Arts Employment Up 20% in UK in Past Five Years

August 9th, 2017

London's National Gallery, via TelegraphNew figures released by the UK Government show employment in the cultural sector up by 20% in the past 5 years. “The creative industries are out-gunning the rest of the economy several times over but this is not guaranteed to continue,” says John Kampfner, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation. “The government must make the creative industries a priority in Brexit negotiations and address the Federation’s concerns regarding immigration, trade and intellectual property rights.” Read More »

Uffizi Gallery Closed in the Face of Intense Heatwave

August 7th, 2017

Uffizi Gallery, via UffiziFlorence’s Uffizi Gallery has been forced to close its doors as a result of a sweltering heatwave currently hitting the city.  Problems with the institution’s air conditioning led to unsafe conditions for visitors, and create complications for preserving paintings in the museum galleries. Read More »

London Institutions Feud Over Expansion Plans

August 7th, 2017

London's National Gallery, via TelegraphLondon’s National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are currently in the middle of a conflict over an expansion project at the National Gallery that its neighbor argues will obscure its views of the city. “We have not received a briefing on the scheme from the National Gallery, but would welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with them to address our concerns,” a statement from the National Portrait Gallery reads. Read More »

Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova to Split, New York Post Reports

August 7th, 2017

Dasha Zhukova, via NYP Collector couple Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova have split, the New York Post’s Page Six reports. “We are committed to jointly raising our two children. We will also continue to work together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the New Holland Island cultural center in Saint Petersburg,” the couple said in a joint statement. Read More »

Julie Mehretu Profiled in NYT

August 5th, 2017

Julie Mehretu, via NYTJulie Mehretu is profiled in the New York Times this week, as the artist takes the paper to view the monumental new commission for SFMoMA she is currently working on in an abandoned Harlem church. The piece was inspired by early American landscape painting. “I was attracted to these landscape paintings that were trying to describe a really intense moment historically, of what this country was becoming, on all these different levels,” she says. Read More »

Hilton Als to Curate Series of Shows at Yale Center for British Art

August 5th, 2017
Celia Paul, via Art NewspaperWriter Hilton Als, fresh off an impressive curatorial outing with his show of Alice Neel paintings at David Zwirner, will embark on a new series of projects curating at the Yale Center for British Art, featuring shows on Celia Paul, Peter Doig and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.  “I became interested in British art when I got tired of American art,” Als joked during a press announcement.

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