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The Victoria and Albert Museum Will Cut a Fifth of Its Curatorial Staff as Part of a Sweeping Round of Layoffs

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is making drastic cuts to its workforce as cultural institutions around the globe struggle amid extended and repeated closures. Unions learned that the V&A’s “recovery strategy” would involve lay offs and the restructuring of curatorial departments on Thursday,…

/ February 26, 2021
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The Director of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Will Explore a String of High-Profile Chinese Art Heists in His Next Film

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu is adapting the story of a mysterious rash of Chinese art and antiquities heists for his next film. Warner Bros. will release The Great Chinese Art Heist, based on Alex W. Palmer’s 2018 GQ story of the…

/ February 26, 2021
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See Inside a Beautiful New Coffee-Table Book Celebrating 50 Leading Artists and Curators of Color

In her new coffee table book We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World, Jasmin Hernandez wants to inspire young Gen Z-ers of color through the example set by artists and curators such as Derrick Adams, Firelei Báez, Genevieve Gaignard, Naima J.…

/ February 26, 2021
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New York City Lost Two-Thirds of Its Arts and Entertainment Jobs in 2020, a New Report Finds

New data is shedding a harsh light on how hard New York City’s arts and culture has been hit by the pandemic. Between December 2019 and December 2020, employment in the city’s arts, entertainment, and recreation sector plummeted 66 percent—the…

/ February 25, 2021
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The Curators of the US Capitol Art Collection Say They Need $25,000 to Fix Paintings and Statues Damaged in the January Attack

A US House of Representatives subcommittee will hear testimony today, February 24, from the architect of the Capitol and the House curator about the damage to the building and its art collection cause by the mob that stormed the US Capitol…

/ February 24, 2021
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Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From Printed Matter’s Virtual Art-Book Fair to Amy Sedaris Impersonating Marcel Dzama

Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events in person and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York…

/ February 23, 2021
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‘I Set the Standard for Myself’: How Jiab Prachakul Went From Self-Taught Painter to Sought-After Star—All Before Her First Solo Show

After working as a portrait painter for 14 years, the 41-year-old Thai-born, Lyon-based artist Jiab Prachakul is finally having her first solo show. The exhibition at San Francisco’s Friends Indeed Gallery, aptly titled “14 Years,” comes at a moment of snowballing success for the artist, who…

/ February 19, 2021
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Conservation Experts Fear That a New Amusement Park in Cambodia Could Endanger the Ancient Temple of Angkor Wat

Plans to build a new amusement park and resort near Cambodia’s most famous historic site, the Angkor Archaeological Park, have worried conservation experts. In November, the Cambodian government granted NagaCorp, a Hong Kong-based company that runs the NagaWorld hotel and casino in…

/ February 19, 2021
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Meow Wolf Has Opened an Interactive Surrealist Supermarket in Las Vegas With Projects From Hundreds of Artist Collaborators

Today marks the opening of Omega Mart, Meow Wolf’s long-awaited Las Vegas follow-up to its wildly popular Santa Fe immersive art installation the House of Eternal Return, which helped kickstart the art world’s experience economy. “It’s really up to you to…

/ February 18, 2021
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A Banksy Mega-Collector Just Bought the Mural of a Girl With a Hula Hoop That Appeared in Nottingham Last Year

An art dealer has purchased a recent Banksy mural of a girl playing hula hoop with a bicycle tire from property owners in Lenton, Nottingham, as the market for the anonymous street artist’s work continues to climb. Banksy painted the mural…

/ February 18, 2021
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Newfields Director Charles Venable Has Resigned After Posting a Job Ad That Sparked Allegations of Racism

Charles Venable has resigned as director and CEO of Newfields after the Indianapolis museum posted a job listing that sparked widespread criticism. The post said the candidate for the director job should seek to “attract a broader and more diverse audience while maintaining the…

/ February 17, 2021
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Archaeologists Have Discovered What May Be the World’s Oldest Brewery, Built for Ancient Egyptian Kings

Archaeologists have discovered what may be the world’s oldest beer factory, according to Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, which made the announcement on Facebook. A team led by Matthew Adams of New York University and Deborah Vischak of Princeton University…

/ February 16, 2021
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In Lieu of Mardi Gras Parades, Artists Are Turning New Orleans Homes Into Wildly Creative ‘House Floats’—See Images Here

The pandemic can’t stop the party in New Orleans, where residents have transformed their homes into stationary Mardi Gras floats to help adapt the city’s traditional pre-Lenten celebrations for the age of social distancing. Last year’s festivities were among the…

/ February 15, 2021
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Startling New Evidence Suggests Stonehenge’s Inner Stone Circle Was Originally Erected 175 Miles Away, in Wales

Lending credence to an ancient legend, newly uncovered evidence suggests that Stonehenge’s inner circle of stones was originally erected in Wales, before being transported 175 miles and rebuilt on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. Archaeologists working on the Stones of Stonehenge project…

/ February 12, 2021