Category: Art

10 Artists Will Each Get £10,000 Grants in Lieu of This Year’s Cancelled Turner Prize. Here’s a Look at Each of Them

The 10 artists who will each be given £10,000 (about $12,500) grants in lieu of the Turner Prize this year (which was officially cancelled in May because it would have been logistically impossible to stage) have been named by Tate Britain. They are Liz...

/ July 2, 2020
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Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander Tells Us Why America’s Biggest Funder of Culture Is Shifting Its Focus to Social Justice

When future applicants seek funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest supporter of the arts and humanities in the US, they will be evaluated based on one principal question: would their proposal help create a more just and...

/ July 2, 2020
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New York City’s 2021 Budget Slashes Already Modest Funding for Public-School Arts Education by 70 Percent

New York City’s $88.1 billion austerity budget for the 2021 fiscal year passed on Tuesday night. In addition to a hotly contested $1 billion cut to the police department, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan includes devastating cuts to art education in...

/ July 1, 2020
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Archaeologists Have Uncovered Ancient Tools in Gabon That May Rewrite Our Understanding of Humankind’s History in Central Africa

Archaeologists have dated stone tools from Lopé National Park in Gabon to 620,000 to 850,000 years ago, making them the earliest known evidence of a human presence in the Congo Basin. “In the African chronology, we always thought Central Africa...

/ June 30, 2020
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Donald Trump Signs an Executive Order Calling to Prosecute Anyone Who Damages Federal Monuments ‘to the Fullest Extent Possible’

President Donald Trump is doubling down on his support of the nation’s divisive monuments, signing an executive order on Friday that reinforces laws protecting statues across the US. “I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order...

/ June 29, 2020
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World-Famous Graphic Designer Milton Glaser, Who Created the ‘I Love New York’ Logo During a Cab Ride, Has Died at 91

Milton Glaser, one of the world’s most famous graphic designers, died of a stroke on Friday, his 91st birthday. His most enduring design was the iconic I  NY logo, introduced as part of an effort to promote tourism in financially troubled New York...

/ June 27, 2020
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The Art World Works From Home: Guggenheim Curator Alexandra Munroe Is Helping Ai Weiwei Sell Masks for Charity and Training Her New Puppy

The art world may be on lockdown, but it certainly does not stop. During this unprecedented time, we’re checking in with art-world professionals, collectors, and artists to get a glimpse into how they are working from home. We recently caught...

/ June 26, 2020
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Archeologists Just Discovered the UK’s Largest Ceremonial Site Buried Right Next to Stonehenge. Call It ‘Holehenge’

Stonehenge, the famed Neolithic rings of stones, remains as mysterious as ever—and now archaeologists have found an even bigger prehistoric ring of 16-foot-deep, 33-foot-wide shafts just two miles from the well-known site. The discovery—more “Holehenge” than Stonehenge—is being hailed as the...

/ June 26, 2020
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It Wasn’t Just Pompeii. Archaeologists Say the Roman Republic and Even Ancient Egypt’s Ptolemaic Kingdom May Have Been Ended by Volcanoes

What led to the demise of the Roman Republic? Experts now believe that the eruption of a remote Alaskan volcano may be partly to blame. The Okmok volcano erupted early in the year 43 BC, spewing clouds of ash into...

/ June 25, 2020
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A Performance Artist Will Hand Out $500 in Sanitized $1 Bills on a Literal Silver Platter in the Hamptons

Artist Katherine McMahon and musician Ray Angry will tap into widespread fears about viral contamination, as well as deepening frustrations with economic inequality, in a performance that will debut this summer at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. For the work,...

/ June 24, 2020
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Charging Bull, Symbol of Wall Street’s Roaring Market, Will Remain in Place After a Vote Nixes New York Mayor de Blasio’s Plan to Move It

The Public Design Commission of New York, which reviews the installation of all artworks on city-owned land, has rejected mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to relocate Charging Bull, the famous bronze statue by Arturo Di Modica, to the New York Stock Exchange. The artist, who...

/ June 23, 2020
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The Met Breuer Will Not Reopen After Lockdown Lifts, Officially Shifting Control of the Brutalist Building to the Frick

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hasn’t announced a reopening date yet—but when the lights turn back on, there will be one fewer branch of the august institution to visit. The museum will not reopen the Met Breuer, the Modern...

/ June 22, 2020
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The Africa Center Is Commemorating the End of Slavery in the US With a Three-Story Black Lives Matter Installation on Its Façade

The Africa Center in New York is celebrating Juneteenth, the holiday marking the end of slavery in the US, with a new 45-foot-tall window display proclaiming the message “Black Lives Matter.” “It’s our desire to let the community and the...

/ June 19, 2020
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Heiress Angela Gulbenkian, Who Is Accused of Bilking a Collector Out of a $1.4 Million Kusama Pumpkin, Has Been Arrested in Lisbon

Angela Gulbenkian, who married into one of Europe’s most prominent art families and allegedly leveraged their name to conduct fraudulent art deals, has been arrested in Portugal. The jet-setting art heiress is facing two charges of theft in the UK,...

/ June 18, 2020
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Quaker Oats Is Retiring the Aunt Jemima Brand, Whose Racist Origins Have Inspired Artists’ Biting Interpretations for Decades

The 130-year-old Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mix, waffles, and breakfast syrup will be no more, the Quaker Oats company announced on June 17. The PepsiCo-owned company is retiring the brand and its namesake character, acknowledging that “Aunt Jemima’s origins...

/ June 17, 2020
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The Van Gogh Museum Paid $236,000 for a Revealing Letter by Van Gogh and Gauguin About Their Visits to Brothels

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam acquired a letter co-written by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin—about visiting brothels in Arles, France—for €210,600 ($236,700) at Drouot in Paris yesterday. “Now something that will interest you—we’ve made some excursions in the...

/ June 17, 2020
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The Estate of Chris Burden Is Suing an Indonesian Theme Park for Allegedly Ripping Off the Artist’s Celebrated ‘Urban Light’ Installation

The estate of Chris Burden is suing the Indonesian theme park and selfie museum Rabbit Town for potentially having copied Urban Light (2008), the artist’s public art installation that greets visitors at the entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “We are pretty confident...

/ June 16, 2020
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Christie’s Quietly Pulls Greek and Roman Antiquities From an Online Auction After Evidence Suggests They May Have Been Looted

Christie’s has pulled four Greek and Roman antiquities from an online auction after new evidence arose suggesting they may have been looted. The four lots—a Roman marble hare, a bronze Roman eagle, and two Attic vases—were quietly withdrawn from the...

/ June 15, 2020
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New York City Has Salvaged John F. Kennedy’s Lost Navy Patrol Boat From a Cove Off the Coast of Manhattan

An obscure piece of US history was discovered late last month as a crane salvaged what is believed to be the wreckage of the PT-59, a Navy patrol boat commanded by former President John F. Kennedy during his time in...

/ June 15, 2020
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An Archaeologist Who ‘Discovered’ One of the Earliest Crucifixion Scenes Is Going to Jail for Faking His Unbelievable Finds

A Spanish archaeologist who was celebrated in 2006 for discovering one of the earliest representations of the crucifixion has been found guilty of faking the find—and several others. Eliseo Gil has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison...

/ June 12, 2020