Category: Art

Maurizio Cattelan’s Much Adored (and Maligned) Banana Artwork Is Now in the Guggenheim’s Collection Thanks to an Anonymous Donor

Next time you visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, there might be a banana taped to the wall. That’s right: the viral sensation that was Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian—a simple banana, duct-taped to a wall and priced at $120,000—has been donated to the…
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Michelangelo’s ‘Bandini Pietà’ Is Undergoing Its First Major Restoration in Italy—See Images of the Newly Luminous Sculpture Here

New restoration work is helping art historians understand Michelangelo’s Bandini Pietà, one of the Renaissance master’s great unfinished sculptures. A preliminary cleaning has already revealed previously unknown details, such as different tool marks marks made by the artist and remnants of…
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As One of the First Major Museums to Reopen in California, the de Young Says It Is ‘Ready to Provide Succor’ to San Franciscans

The de Young Museum in San Francisco will reopen for members on September 22 and to the public on September 25, making it the first major art institution in the city, and one of the first in the state, to…
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Baffling Archaeologists, This Ancient Depiction of the Cosmos Could Be 1,000 Years Younger Than Previously Thought

Archaeologists are questioning everything we think we know about the stunning ancient artifact known as the Nebra Sky Disc. Thought to be the oldest known depiction of the cosmos, the bronze and gold artifact may actually be 1,000 years younger…
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As COVID Dampens Art-History Job Prospects, Yale University Decides Not to Accept New Graduate Students to the Department in 2021

In a sign of the struggles facing institutions of higher education and students alike, Yale University has announced that it will be accepting no new graduate students to its department of art history for fall 2021. “In order to ensure that the…
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Meow Wolf’s Santa Fe Workers Want to Unionize, But the Company Says Its Immersive Art Wonderland ‘Works Best Without a Union’

Employees at Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe entertainment company that creates immersive art-type installation spaces, have formed a union. The Meow Wolf Workers Collective, as the group is called, announced plans to align with the Communications Workers of America, which represents telecommunications,…
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A High-Stakes Freeport Art Heist Is a Key Plot Point in Christopher Nolan’s Time-Bending New Film, ‘Tenent’

Blockbuster film director Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated science-fiction spy thriller, Tenet, finally hit US theaters on September 3, bringing audiences a high-brow tale of time-bending espionage. And somewhat surprisingly, the movie features a subplot involving blue-chip art collecting. That’s because the…
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How Much Is a Signature Worth? An Epic Friendship Book Signed by Cosmio de Medici and a Holy Roman Emperor Sold for $3.1 Million

In 1648, Augustus the Younger, duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, attempted to purchase Das Große Stammbuch, a “friendship book” from the collection of the recently deceased Philipp Hainhofer, a wealthy, well-traveled merchant from Augsburg, Germany. Augustus failed, and the lavishly illustrated volume did…
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Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates Pioneering Artist Jackie Ormes, the First Professional Black Woman Cartoonist in the US

Google’s daily Doodle for September 1 honors Jackie Ormes, the first professional Black woman cartoonist in the US. The occasion is the 75th anniversary of her longest-running comic strip, Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger, first published on September 1, 1945. The single-panel cartoon, which…
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Editors’ Picks: 9 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Tony Cokes Video Commission to Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center

Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New…
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An Oxford Museum May Have Accidentally Kept a Rembrandt Painting Languishing in Its Basement for 40 Years, New Tests Suggest

A painting once rejected as a lowly copy of the work of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn may be the real thing after all, announced the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on Friday. New scientific research has found that Head of a…
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The Art World Is Full of Lies, Smuggling, and Financial Hijinks

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. From the outside, the art world might look like an easy way to cash in. But behind the billion-dollar profits lurks a sketchy industry of secretive money,…
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Iranian-American Artist Siah Armajani, Who Reimagined Public Spaces in Cities Around the World, Has Died at 81

The Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani, best known for his community-focused, large-scale public installations that exist at the intersections of art, architecture, and technology, has died at the age of 81. The cause of death was heart failure, according to Art Asia Pacific.…
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Theaster Gates, Laci Jordan, and Other Artists Have Teamed Up With Snapchat to Make Selfie Filters for the 2020 March on Washington

As crowds gather in the US capital to mark the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with renewed calls for racial equality, Snapchat has enlisted six Black artists, including Theaster Gates, to digital design face…
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Banksy Has Financed a Search-and-Rescue Ship Patrolling the Seas to Help Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean

A hot pink refugee ship, on a secret mission in the Mediterranean, is the latest project by anonymous British street artist Banksy. The artist has financed a rescue operation to bring refugees from North Africa safely to Europe aboard the …
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A Band of Illegal Gold Miners Have Completely Destroyed an Ancient Kush Settlement in Sudan

Jabal Maragha, an ancient archaeological site in Sudan, is no more. Gold hunters, digging illegally, have destroyed the historic landmark, erasing nearly every trace of what was a small settlement or checkpoint dating to the Kingdom of Kush’s Meroitic period, from…
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