Category: Art

A New Line of Frida Kahlo Makeup Is Being Dragged for Downplaying the Artist’s Signature Unibrow

July 6 is the 112th birthday of the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. To mark the occasion, the Frida Kahlo Corporation, the official licensing agent for commercial products bearing her name and likeness, unveiled a new Kahlo-branded makeup line, produced...

/ July 17, 2019

Lowry Burgess, the Godfather of Space Art, Talks About His Plan to Shoot an Ark Into Space

As you likely know by now, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. What you may not know is that it also marks the 50th anniversary of art’s introduction to space. Well, maybe. Many believe...

/ July 16, 2019

In the Latest Sign of Trouble for Munich’s Haus der Kunst, the Museum Is Considering Laying Off Two-Thirds of Its Staff

Troubles continue to plague Germany’s beleaguered Haus der Kunst. The financially strapped Munich museum could lay off 48 staff members, or about two-thirds of its part-time workers, mainly in the front-of-house. Many of these employees—among whom are cashiers and security...

/ July 16, 2019

Artist Cady Noland Refuses to Give Up Her Legal Fight Over the Restoration of Her Disavowed Log Cabin Sculpture

Is it possible to conserve an artwork so much that it becomes something entirely different? And can you sue someone for such an act? These questions have been put before a federal judge for the third time by the artist...

/ July 15, 2019

James Nares, an Artist Who Has Long Mapped New York’s Changing Landscape, Is Now Navigating a Transition of His Own

The late, great writer Glenn O’Brien once said that James Nares might sound a bit British, but he’s a New Yorker at heart. Nares does speak with a latent, languid London accent, but there are few artists whose work has...

/ July 15, 2019

From a Hello Kitty Bonanza to Melania Trump’s Strange Sculpture: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Olafur Eliasson Returns to Tate – The artist is revisiting Tate Modern with a mid-career survey that explores possibilities for thwarting the devastating effects of global climate change. Millions at the Met – The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomed more than seven...

/ July 12, 2019

‘Why Shouldn’t I Be Able to Make Money Off This?’: Madonna’s Ex-Art Advisor on Why She’s Selling the Singer’s Intimate Personal Belongings

In the art world, you don’t often hear the name Darlene Lutz. She doesn’t own a gallery. She’s not an auctioneer. She isn’t intimately tied to any big-time, blue-chip artists, or even any rising stars. Her claim to fame actually...

/ July 12, 2019

Wynn Resorts Plans to Build an Opulent Art Museum as Part of a $2 Billion Entertainment Complex in Macao

Embattled collector and casino mogul Steve Wynn may have stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts, but the company he founded is continuing to invest in art in earnest. It has announced plans for a $2 billion expansion of its...

/ July 11, 2019

New York Files Charges Against Disgraced Art Dealer Subhash Kapoor in $145 Million Smuggling Ring

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against Indian art dealer Subhash Kapoor and seven coconspirators, charging them with operating a $145 million smuggling ring that dealt with thousands of looted antiquities over a period of 30 years....

/ July 11, 2019

Studio Drift Will Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 With a Floating Drone Performance at a NASA Space Center

Artist duo Studio Drift is teaming up with NASA. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969, which sent mankind to the moon for the first time, Studio Drift will stage one...

/ July 11, 2019

Archeologists Have Been Quietly Defusing Dozens of Undetonated Bombs Hidden in Pompeii for Years

Archaeologists are still discovering new wonders at Pompeii nearly 2,000 years after the site was engulfed in ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But there’s more to be unearthed than historic frescoes and upper-class Roman architecture: the popular tourist...

/ July 10, 2019

The Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles Has Appointed Veteran Curator Anne Ellegood as Its New Director

The Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has a new director. Anne Ellegood, currently a senior curator at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, will take over the post from longtime director Elsa Longhauser, who is stepping down from the post...

/ July 10, 2019

What Does ‘Follower of Raphael’ Really Mean? Here’s a Glossary for Understanding the Mysterious World of Old-Master Attributions

Imagine flipping open an auction catalogue and reading the following description: “Old painting, looks Italian (or something).” Not particularly appealing, is it? But call the author of that same picture “Follower of Raphael” or “Manner of Raphael,” and you might...

/ July 10, 2019

Yayoi Kusama Is Bringing Her Massive Pumpkins and Mirrored Infinity Rooms to the Bronx for an Expansive Show Next Spring

Your next art-selfie destination just might be the Bronx, where Yayoi Kusama will take over the New York Botanical Garden with a massive exhibition opening in spring 2020. The garden will be the only stop for the show, which is...

/ July 9, 2019

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim and 28 Other Magnificent Sites Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List—See Them Here

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the ancient ironworks of Burkina Faso, and the ruins of the Babylonian empire in Iran are among the new additions to UNESCO‘s World Heritage List. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added 29 sites...

/ July 8, 2019

The Gray Market: Why the Restoration of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ Unveils a Core Art-Market Assumption (and Other Insights)

Every Monday morning, artnet News brings you The Gray Market. The column decodes important stories from the previous week—and offers unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the art industry in the process. This week, a reminder that logic often depends...

/ July 8, 2019

From a Possible Video of Banksy to the Vandalization of Chicago’s Iconic Bean: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Germany Returns Work from Gurlitt Trove – A painting by Paul Signac was returned to the family to which it belonged, after it was stolen from a French collector during World War II. Velazquez’s Lady Pope Leads Sotheby’s – A long-lost...

/ July 5, 2019

Is This Banksy? A Recently Rediscovered, 16-Year-Old TV Interview May Reveal the Face of the Elusive Street Artist

A news reporter thinks he has unearthed an early TV interview with the elusive street artist Banksy. Robert Murphy found the footage of a young man claiming to be Banksy in the ITV News archive while conducting research on the...

/ July 5, 2019

Art Industry News: Forget the Old Masters, Victoria Beckham Is Now All About Postwar Italian Art + Other Stories

Art Industry News is normally a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Thursday, July 4. Happy Independence Day! NEED-TO-READ Meow Wolf Is Sued...

/ July 4, 2019

As His Market Explodes, KAWS Parts Ways With Longtime Dealer Perrotin to Show Exclusively With Skartstedt

Graffiti artist-turned-art market phenomenon KAWS has split with longtime dealer Perrotin and will be exclusively represented by Skarstedt Gallery of New York and London. KAWS had his first show at Skarstedt in New York last November. “We’ve represented KAWS for about...

/ July 3, 2019