Category: Art

Can Arts Organizations Do a Public Good Simply by Investing Their Money Differently? One Foundation Is Trying to Find Out

As arts institutions in the US and the UK come under increasing fire for their relationships with donors who have controversial business ties, one arts organization thinks activists might be missing the forest for the trees. “While there is a...

/ June 19, 2019

The Met Is Covering Up a Painting by Marc Chagall to Show What the World Would Lose Without the Contributions of Refugees

Visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this week will be unable to see one of the major works in the museum’s collection: Marc Chagall’s The Lovers (1913–14). The painting, although still on view, has been obscured with a drab...

/ June 19, 2019

Art Dealer Bill Powers and His Fashion-Designer Wife Have Sold Off Their Art-Edition Company to Pay Off Business Debts

Husband-and-wife duo Bill Powers and Cynthia Rowley, the art dealer and fashion designer, have sold Exhibition A, their print edition company, to pay off outstanding debts. Last month, they offloaded the struggling business to Supreme Digital, a commercial printer in...

/ June 18, 2019

You Can Now Tour the Underground Tunnels That Heated the Famed Ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome

For the first time, the underground tunnels beneath the historic Baths of Caracalla in Rome are open to the public. Thanks to an in-depth, €350,000 ($392,000) restoration, visitors can now walk through the subterranean tunnels and see one of the...

/ June 18, 2019

Swiss Museums Dedicated Just a Quarter of Their Solo Shows to Women Artists Over the Past Decade

Despite a growing push for gender parity in art institutions around the world, the gap in Swiss museums is still widely imbalanced, according to a new survey. Only a quarter of solo museum shows in Switzerland have been dedicated to...

/ June 17, 2019

The Director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum Has Resigned Over a Controversial Tweet About the Israel-Palestine Debate

Peter Schäfer, the director of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, announced his resignation Friday amid criticism stemming from a controversial tweet sent out by the museum earlier this month. The tweet linked to an article by a left-leaning German newspaper...

/ June 17, 2019

See How Beloved Children’s Illustrator Maurice Sendak Brought His ‘Wild’ Drawings to Life on the Stage in a New Exhibition

Maurice Sendak is of course the renowned author and illustrator of children’s books such as Where the Wild Things Are (1963) and In the Night Kitchen (1970), but less well-known are his works for opera and ballet. Sendak, as we learn from a new show at...

/ June 17, 2019

From Seth Rogen’s New Art Career to the Death of Pop Painter Joyce Pensato: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Art Fair Squad Secrets – Two major gallery directors dish on what it takes to successfully navigate the internationally proliferating art fair circuit. Barbados to Celebrate Bad Girl RiRi – The island’s prime minister wants to open a museum dedicated to pop...

/ June 14, 2019

An Immigrant Rights Group Recruited 10 Street Artists for a Viral Campaign About Child Detention—and They Hope to Bring It to DC Next

On Wednesday morning, a bold guerrilla art installation appeared on the streets of Manhattan, calling attention to the plight of immigrant children currently being forced to live in cages in detention centers on the southern border of the United States....

/ June 14, 2019

Art Dealer Bill Powers’s Company Defaulted on $19,000 in Payments to a Small Art Handling Company—Until a TV News Team Paid Him a Visit

Waiting to get paid for work that was done long ago: it’s a miserable fact of the art world, and employers often get away with it. But most of them don’t get called out by on TV like art dealer Bill...

/ June 14, 2019

Art Industry News: Artist Sterling Ruby Says Collectors ‘Were Really Upset’ by His Foray Into Fashion Design + Other Stories

Art Industry News is 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 Friday, June 14. NEED-TO-READ The Corcoran Revisits That Mapplethorpe Show, 30 Years...

/ June 14, 2019

To Channel Her Frustration, One Woman Started Embroidering Donald Trump’s Most Outrageous Quotes. She Inspired an Army of Needlepointers

“Such a nasty woman.” “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters.” “Covfefe.” President Donald Trump’s quotes—often incendiary, sometimes nonsensical, but almost invariably memorable (or meme-able)—have become an indelible part of...

/ June 14, 2019

The Only Known Recording of Frida Kahlo’s Voice May Have Been Discovered. Listen to It Here

Everyone knows the face of Frida Kahlo. Now, we may finally know what she sounded like, following the discovery of what could be the only known recording of the great Mexican’s voice. The recording discovered in Mexico’s national sound library,...

/ June 13, 2019

Art installations blast audio of sobbing, detained children across New York City

 It is a pop-up art installation of the most dystopian kind: Small kids curled up underneath foil survival blankets in chain-link cages, with audio of crying detained children wailing through speakers, dropped onto sidewalks throughout New York City. The...

/ June 13, 2019

The Light-Up Cane That Helped Save Shipwrecked Titanic Survivors Is Coming to Auction

When the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912, killing some 1,500 people, Ella White was one of the lucky few who made it to a lifeboat. Fortunately, she was carrying her electric cane, topped with a glowing,...

/ June 12, 2019

A Bansky Collector Is Scrapping Plans for a Street Art Museum—and Blaming It on a Welsh Town’s Council

An art dealer who bought a mural Banksy painted on the side of a garage in the Welsh town of Port Talbot says he has abandoned plans to open a street art museum there. John Brandler, who bought Banksy’s Season’s Greetings...

/ June 12, 2019

100 Hong Kong Arts Organizations Will Protest a New Extradition Bill That Threatens the City’s Independence

An estimated one million protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to decry proposed legislation that would allow China to extradite fugitives from the special administrative region. The local art world is poised to follow suit on...

/ June 11, 2019

The BP Portrait Award’s Own Juror, Artist Gary Hume, Is Now Calling on the National Portrait Gallery to Dump the Oil Giant

This evening, the National Portrait Gallery in London announces the winner of its annual BP Portrait Award. But the celebratory occasion has been overshadowed by an open letter from one of the award’s judges, artist Gary Hume, calling on museum director Nicholas...

/ June 10, 2019

South Africa’s Goodman Gallery Is Opening a London Space as It Seeks Out New Markets for African Art

Goodman Gallery, based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, has announced that it will be opening a new space in London this fall. The South African gallery hopes to capitalize on the growing global market for art from Africa and its...

/ June 10, 2019

To Market a New Season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Hulu Is Temporarily Mounting 140 Statues of Female Figures in New York City

The hit television series The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, paints a bleak future where women are forced into motherhood by a theocratic regime. Now, on the occasion of the show’s third season, which premiered on Hulu earlier this...

/ June 7, 2019