- If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission.Once, a question like “How do I become an artist?” was simple to answer: You didn’t “become” an artist; either you were one or you weren’t. Either you were someone who’d starve for your art because you couldn’t help yourself or you were, well, normal. Things are different now. Art is a multi-billion-dollar industr
- If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission.You need to protect your shiny new camera when transporting it, and for that we recommend a shoulder bag built for the purpose. There are so many out there, though, and so many of questionable quality, that finding the right one to swaddle your precious equipment in might seem a daunting task. To help you make the right choice, we’ve picked our five favor
- Clara Kim, a star curator at Tate Modern in London with a focus on the interconnections between artistic communities along the Pacific Rim, will be the next chief curator and director of curatorial affairs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
Kim will begin in her new role on September 1.
An L.A. native, Kim has been senior curator of international art at Tate Modern since 2016, where she organized an acclaimed survey of artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen in 2020 and Kara Walker&rsq
Former Louvre Director Questioned by Police as Part of Alleged Antiquities Trafficking InvestigationJean-Luc Martinez, who served as the director of the Louvre in Paris from 2013 until last year, was questioned by French authorities earlier this week as part of its investigation into an alleged trafficking ring of antiquities, the Art Newspaper reported Wednesday.
The investigation centers around objects that were sold the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, which has licensed the Louvre’s name until 2037, as part of a joint agreem
- A team of archaeologists has discovered 134 previously unknown settlements of peoples who lived along Hadrian’s Wall, a defensive fortification in England that dates back to ancient Roman times.
Hadrian’s Wall was built as the Roman Empire pushed into Britain. Running from coast to coast, the wall marked the border between the conquered South and the unconquered North. A team of archaeologists have been studying the region above the Wall to better understand this borderland that was
- Randall Griffey, a curator in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art department who has organized a string of acclaimed shows, has joined the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., as its new head curator.
At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where he will begin this summer, Griffey will oversee a reinstallation of the institution’s permanent collection galleries and supervise the curatorial staff. The lead curatorial role was most recently fill
- My mother, Gerda Rubinstein Stevens (she used her maiden name for her work), who has died aged 90, had a long and prolific career as a sculptor, first in the Netherlands and then in the UK.Gerda was born in Berlin; two years later, in 1933, the family moved to Amsterdam. In 1940, her father, Willem Rubinstein, an outerwear designer and garment-maker, was taken by the Nazis to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, where he died. Continue reading...
- Anonymous artist behind billboard’s makeover says it was ‘just a poetic endeavour’In the 65 years since their unmistakeable silhouettes first appeared on Spanish hillsides, the bulls created to advertise Osborne brandy have hosted cinematic trysts, been given a Guernica paintjob, and even borne a phone-checking, coffee-drinking Batman.Until a fortnight ago, however, no bull had ever vanished, almost completely, into the blue depths of the Spanish spring sky. Today, thanks to an
- The photographer Gordon Parks worked so prolifically that it is hard to imagine one artist producing so many high-quality works. “When we talk about Gordon Parks, it’s as if we’re talking about half a dozen different people,” Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire who runs the influential philanthropic organization the Emerson Collective, told the 250 attendees at a gala hosted in New York by the Gordon Parks Foundation last week.
Later on, she added, “He showed us th
- In one of the galleries in Dubai’s recently opened Museum of Future, near the beginning of its futuristic displays, flickers in lavender-green neon the ancient Chinese proverb, written in three languages, Arabic, English, and Mandarin: “The ancestors plant the trees / the descendants enjoy the shade.”
The writing on the wall is literally and figuratively clear. Given the multiple pressing challenges our planet faces today, it becomes all the more paramount for the present gener
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FROM THE MUSEUM HALLS. Hot on the heels of announcing a $25 million gift for its planned expansion last month, the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida said it has lined up another $5 million for the project, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The donation comes from local philanthropists Penny and Jeff Vin
- Venus Over Manhattan, a blue-chip New York gallery that has helped boost under-recognized artists like Joan Brown and Joseph E. Yoakum, has added the sculptor Sally Saul to its roster. The gallery has plans to offer the 78-year-old sculptor a solo show in 2023, her third one ever in New York.
Saul, who is married to the painter Peter Saul, another artist on the Venus Over Manhattan roster, makes delectable clay sculptures that feature tiny creatures who inhabit strange worlds. She had been forme
- Artist and poet played leading role in cultural explosion that followed end of Franco dictatorshipThe Spanish photographer, artist and poet Ouka Leele, one of the greatest and brightest talents of the Movida Madrileña cultural explosion that followed the end of the Francisco Franco dictatorship, has died at the age of 64.Born Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma in Madrid in 1957, Leele began drawing, painting and devouring history of art books at an early age. After studying photography,
- With galleries in Mayfair and Miami, a Made in Chelsea romance, and art-world backing, this young art dealer looked like he had it made. So how has he ended up in prison?He has been condemned as a “serial swindler”, who duped art investors into parting with an eye-watering $86m, but his victims will never forget the charm and charisma of Inigo Philbrick.The suave American dealer, with a gallery at an exclusive London address, a Midas touch that brought soaring profits in art sales an
- To call Gordon Parks (1912–2006) a Renaissance man would be a massive understatement. A photographer, filmmaker, writer, musician/composer, and painter, Parks enjoyed an extraordinary career that landed him everywhere from Hollywood to the front lines for the battle over Civil Rights.
Parks was a freelancer for Glamour and Ebony before becoming the first black staff photographer at Life magazine in 1948; later, he shot fashion spreads for Vogue. He was also the first African American to he
- Imagine that you wake from surgery, and your doctor hands you a portrait of the gallbladder that was just removed from you. In the photograph, your gallbladder is about to be eaten by a pelican, stacked on tomatoes. It’s a gift, made out to you in swirling calligraphy.
Hundreds of people in the town of St. Marie, Pennsylvania, had something close to this experience. K. C. Joseph, an Indian American surgeon, spent 15 years making surreal art with his patients’ organs, and now, a selec
- I’m not particularly involved with art and am writing at the suggestion of my sister’s lover. My great-grandfather made his living as a bookbinder in New York, but he was also a talented painter in the Surrealist vein. He had a few solo exhibitions and was in many group shows, including one at the Julien Levy Gallery, which specialized in Surrealist art. I’ve been told that he met André Breton, the founder of Surrealism, on a few occasions and had a correspondence with a
- During the early 20th century, the Milanese heiress Marchesa Luisa Casati dyed her hair a bold shade of red, dropped Belladonna into her eyes to widen her pupils, and exuded a devil-may-care charm, bewitching anyone who came into her orbit. Artists Man Ray, Giacomo Balla, and Kees van Dongen were among the famed modernists who came under her spell. But it was a woman artist, the painter Romaine Brooks, who painted what may just be Casati’s most provocative portrait.
- In an imagined account of Lebanese historians flocking to Beirut’s hippodrome to gamble on horse racing during the civil war, Walid Raad’s recurring, alter-egoic academic character Dr. Fadl Fakhouri annotates several images of horses at the finish line, recording “the race’s distance and duration, the winning time of the winning horse, calculations of averages, the historians’ initials with their respective bets, [and] the time discrepancy predicted by the winn
- What if you didn’t have to wait for European and American museums to repatriate African artifacts? Mulling this question, Chidi Nwaubani, the founder of NFT project Looty, decided to take matters into his own hands with his project Looty, which bills itself as a “digital restitution project.”
“Our ‘Looters’ [anonymous team members] go to the museums (physically) and take back the artworks (digitally),” a description on its website reads. To do so, the pe
- The Italian police unit in charge of cultural heritage announced they had recovered a portrait by Renaissance painter Titian that has been lost for nearly 20 years.
Discovered by a Turin branch of the cultural heritage unit, a subsidiary of the Italian state police known as the Carabinieri, the 16th-century work, titled Portrait of a Man with a Beret, first went missing two decades ago from an undisclosed location. Following its disappearance in 2004, authorities believed it had been taken to Sw
- via vulture.com“The first decade or so of the 2000s wasn’t exactly a time of artistic evolution for the special, but the rapid increase in special-making created an audience aware of the form’s traditional tricks, tropes, and trappings — primed to get the joke when comedians started having fun with the form.” – Vulture
- Time magazine released its list of the 100 “most influential” people of 2022 on Monday and this year’s edition featured notable artists alongside the usual suspects of politicians and zeitgeisty celebrities.
Artist-activists Nan Goldin and Faith Ringgold were featured on the list along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, actress Michelle Yeoh, and writer Sally Rooney. Like always, the roundup is divided into categories of artists, innovators, titans, leaders, icon
- It may not inspire political campaign ads the way critical race theory does, but the debate over how to teach children to read — perhaps the foundational skill of all schooling — has been just as consuming for some parents, educators and policymakers. – The New York Times
- “In a city that … became used to wailing air-raid sirens and the thuds of artillery from the suburbs, the audience was instead treated to the frothy melodies of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.” But they’re limiting the audience to 300 people so they can evacuate quickly if necessary. – The Observer (UK)
- via msn.com“Interviews with more than a dozen museum professionals suggest that the Philadelphia History Museum ended up in (storage) far from the heart of the city because it was too diffuse, its vast collection too randomly accumulated, its many narratives unexplored, and its funding sparse and never assured.” – MSN (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
- via deadline.com“One word consistently used by virtually everyone when describing Langella’s behavior” on set for Netflix’s The Fall of the House of Usher “was ‘toxic’ as they recalled (wildly) inappropriate comments and behavior. … People who worked with Langella on the Netflix series provided more detail about some of the incidents.” – Deadline
- Barbican Curve gallery, LondonWhether pondering dinner with pests, reinventing myself as a vegetable or being deafened by a waterfall that sounded like industrial machinery, this hectic show made me want to flee “Breathe,” whispers the disembodied voice in the darkened threshold to the Barbican’s Curve gallery. “Just one breath, shared by all living things.” The air we breathe comes from sea creatures and trees, it tells me, with a sort of irksome intimacy. Beyond t
- via msn.com“Susan Jaffe, who recently turned 60, has in mind such steps as opening up artistic processes to the public and soliciting views from balletgoers and other stakeholders on the delicate task of updating thorny works from the classical canon. It’s an audience-first approach.” – MSN (The Washington Post)
- via news.artnet.com“Prosecutors accused Philbrick of committing ‘one of the most significant frauds in the art market’s history,’ describing his operation in a sentencing memorandum as ‘Ponzi-like.’ … He is alleged to have sold shares totaling more than 100 percent in artworks he didn’t own, falsified contracts, forged signatures, and invented fictitious clients.” – Artnet
- “Teasing a fake Louis Vuitton x Beeple collaboration, the hacker first tweeted out a raffle entry and then a link where followers could claim one of 200 free NFTs Beeple was supposedly offering, … possibly resulting in the loss of over $438,000 worth of cryptocurrencies and NFTs.” – ARTnews
- Because the criminal case was overturned – though for reasons unrelated to Cosby’s guilt or innocence – “the significance of Ms. Huth’s suit has risen in the minds of some of the many women who have accused Mr. Cosby of being a sexual predator.” – The New York Times
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KNOX MARTIN, the New York School artist who made vividly colored, boldly painted canvases that pushed postwar postwar Abstract Expressionism into Pop- and Hard Edge–inflected territory, has died at 99, the Art Newspaper reports. “His approach was a little bit more cerebral,” dealer Hollis Taggart, who began represent
- At a new exhibition at the Whitney in New York, a look back at early 20th-century modernist art offers optimism and also a rare diversityAlthough the dawn of the 20th century was a time of war, pandemic and social upheaval, it also brought with it an undeniable sense of hope and opportunity that was central to the modernist art that was flourishing at the time. Visionary new aesthetics were being unleashed on to the world, and artists truly believed in the revolutionary potential of their work.
- Position SummaryReporting to the Artistic Director, the Director of Production serves on the Guthrie’s senior management team and oversees all production department operations. This position directly provides supervision and oversight of the following positions: Technical Director, Head of Props, Costume Director, Head of Sound, Head of Lighting and Projection, Production Manager, and Assistant Production Manager.
As a senior team member, the Director of Production works collaboratively wi
- Exclusive: researcher calls for sale of marble head of Greek philosopher Antisthenes to be haltedAn archaeologist is calling for a US auction house to withdraw a monumental Roman sculpture from sale, claiming he has photographic evidence of its direct link to a dealer involved with illicit trade.Prof Christos Tsirogiannis, whose academic research focuses on antiquities and trafficking networks, said Hindman Auctions in Chicago should cancel its auction of the portrait head of Antisthenes, the Gr
The UnderTow: Subscriptions are the New Business Model of Choice. So Why are Subscriptions Failing the Arts?Is it the subscription model that’s not working or is it the way the arts do subscriptions?
- Filmmakers from 44 countries submitted films to the competition, all between 30 seconds and three minutes in length. The top prize was shared between two directors… – The New York Times
- Inigo Philbrick, a dealer accused of defrauding dealers and investors out of millions of dollars, was sentenced to seven years in prison by a New York court today, bringing a saga that has taken the art world by storm to an end.
Last November, about a year after being detained by U.S. authorities on the island of Vanuatu, the 34-year-old dealer pleaded guilty to wire fraud, telling a New York court that he did it for the money. As part of the plea deal, Philbrick forfeited $86 million and two pa
- via aeon.coYou may not agree with everything Aristotle says, but consider his ideas, and see if you don’t think they’re as fresh and brilliant today as they were 2,000 years ago. – Aeon
- via lithub.comRather than the “death of the author” heralded by French novelist and philosopher Roland Barthes in the 1960s, are we now witnessing its counterpoint—a cultural sphere where nothing remains but a cult of celebrity being played out on digital platforms? – LitHub
A Hacker Took Over NFT Artist Beeple’s Twitter And Followers May Have Lost Hundreds of Thousands of DollarsYesterday, an unknown hacker assumed control of digital artist Beeple’s Twitter account for five hours and posted malicious links, possibly resulting in the loss of over $438,000 worth of cryptocurrencies and NFTs.
Teasing a fake Louis Vuitton x Beeple collaboration, the hacker first tweeted out a raffle entry and then a link where followers could claim one of 200 free NFTs Beeple was supposedly offering.
“Stay safe out there, anything too good to be true IS A FUCKING SCAM,” Be
- As Frieze New York’s VIP preview was wrapping up last Wednesday, Art in America brought together collectors, artists and friends to celebrate the magazine’s second annual New Talent issue with a cocktail party at Chelsea’s Malin Gallery, just down the steps from New York’s The High Line elevated park.
Artists from the issue who attended the event included Diana Sofia Lozano, Laurie Kang, fields harrington, André Magaña, Alexander Si, Tiffany Sia, Kristi Cava
- via sfcv.orgThis isn’t to say opera shouldn’t be political — though I’m thoroughly skeptical of its ability to tackle social issues in a way that isn’t preaching to the choir — but that there should be equilibrium and variety. Where’s the balance? Where’s the funny? – San Francisco Classical Voice
- The works that come to mind when one thinks of Louise Bourgeois are her iconic sculptures of spiders, doll-like figures, and forms recalling genitalia. But before Bourgeois ever began working in three dimensions, she was a painter.
Bourgeois’s paintings are now the subject of a small survey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Looking at these under-recognized works, the show’s curators believe, can potentially unlock more mysteries latent in Bourgeois’s sculptures.
- via bigthink.comIt’s called “frisson,” and it’s the reason why music from artists featured on a recently released, scientifically-backed playlist of songs that researchers claim are likely to give people “chills.” – Big Think
- Greece rebutted a claim Sunday by the British Museum that most of the Parthenon Marbles were removed from “the rubble” around the Acropolis.
The assertion came days after UNESCO announced the first formal talks between the U.K. government and Greece regarding the potential reunification of the ancient statuary with the Athenian monument.
Jonathan Williams, the deputy director of the London institution, said during a UNESCO meeting Friday that “these objects were not all hacked
- Live Nation as a parent company did not directly receive any money from the program, but the government relief to its subsidiaries still protected its investments and improved its long-term outlook, however slightly. – Washington Post
- The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh has launched a $60 million development project that will transform the museum’s surrounding neighborhood into a cultural hub drawing on the Pop artist’s legacy.
The plan for the expansion project, which will be rolled out over the next decade, spans six blocks and is aimed at turning the local area home to the museum’s campus into a tourist attraction with public art installations and live performances, hoping to draw galleries and local bus
- It’s hard to figure out how many people are making a middle-class living on music streaming, but I note that you don’t earn the minimum wage on Spotify until you generate more than 3 million streams per year. – Ted Gioia
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