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Stealing Art Is Easy - Doing Anything With It Afterward Is What's Hard
"'The main rule is that it's not that hard to steal art, even from museums, but it's almost impossible to translate that art into cash,' says Noah Charney, a scholar and author who's published multiple books on art theft. Paintings can be quickly cut out of frames, and small sculptures can be tucked into bags

When A Museum Sells Off Some Of Its Art To Become More Diverse
The Baltimore Museum of Art‘s decision to sell off seven works by white male artists to create a war chest to fund acquisitions of art by women and artists of color drove a traditionally hermetic discussion about museum practices into the mainstream. Now, the museum’s closely watched decision is beginning to bear fruit.

Dartmouth College's Hood Museum Will Reopen Next January
"[The Hood] is due to reopen on 26 January 2019 after a closure of nearly three years for an expansion and revamp by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The $50m project expands the museum's space by 50% to over 62,000 sq ft, adds six new galleries and renovates the museum's original 1985 Charles Moore building."

Ruins Of 2,000-Year-Old City Unearthed In Albania
"Sometimes, rocks are more than crumbled pieces of the earth. Sometimes, they unveil clues about our planet's ancient past or future. For archaeologists from the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre at the University of Warsaw, the rocks in Shkodër, Albania, turned out to be the ruins of the 2,000-year-old lost city of Bassania."

Berkshire Museum To Sell Off More Art Because It Didn't Get Enough Money The First Time Around
The first round of the widely criticized deaccessioning, with works being sold in April and May, only netted $47 million of the museum board's $55 million goal. Now nine more works will be sold, seven of them privately and two at Sotheby's; those works include pieces by Bierstadt and Calder as well as Qing Dynasty

Banksy Blitzes Paris To Slam Treatment Of Refugees
"Aiming at France's refugee crisis, the anonymous British street artist appears to have targeted Paris with at least three murals and several of his signature rats in various locations. It is the first time the artist has hit the French capital with his brand of social and political commentary."

Romania's National Art Museum Withdraws Its Prized Brancusi Because It Can't Afford The Insurance
"Wisdom of the Earth, a sculpture considered to be one of Brancusi's defining works, was taken off public view last week. A lawyer representing the sculpture's private owners said that the museum could not afford insurance for the modernist masterpiece, prompting the collectors to move the work elsewhere. The Romanian Ministry of Culture, which led

The Stuff Of Cartoon Villains: The Man Who Brazenly Stole A Banksy
It is the province of cartoons and the often-bumbling bad guys in ridiculous capers, those who have no idea that they are displaying the most suspicious form of motion perhaps ever taken. The Pink Panther is the king of slink. So, too, it seems, is one improbably successful thief who stole a Banksy piece, “Trolley Hunters,” from

Spite Buildings Happen When Architects Get Mad, And Get Funding
"Perhaps unsurprisingly, feuding brothers are one of the most common sources of spite buildings around the world."

The Vandalism Vs. Art Debate Flares Up In England After Three Taggers Are Killed By A Train
A former Transport for London board member tweeted that the young men were "common scum and criminals," while "at Loughborough Junction station – the stop closest to where the three died – graffiti writers were among the mourners who have contributed to a shrine, with spray cans nestled among bouquets, and messages sprayed on the

Another Chief Curator Leaves The Brooklyn Museum After A Short Tenure
What's going on there?! "Jennifer Y. Chi, who was named chief curator and deputy director of the Brooklyn Museum in September and began her tenure there in November, is no longer at the institution."

The New Art Will Be Across The Water, In The Shipyard
That's right, the new Boston Institute of Contemporary Art space is in the East Boston Shipyard, and the route is over the bay: "It’s accessible via a new ferry route negotiated by the museum to run from Memorial Day to Columbus Day between South Boston and the waterfront in Eastie, as locals call East Boston."

An Artist Tries To (Physically) Shift The Gun Debate
Shaun Leonardo is tired of people talking about guns. So, at the Guggenheim, he's trying something different: "Mr. Leonardo, a former wrestler and college football player (who still has the physique to prove it) announced in advance that the performance would be inspired by one of the roughest sporting traditions to endure in the 21st

Did They Just Find The Oldest Surviving Work By Leonardo Da Vinci?
"A small square tile with the profile image of a beautiful angel has been claimed not only as the earliest surviving work by Leonardo da Vinci, but as his own self-portrait as the Archangel Gabriel. If genuine the tile has survived miraculously unbroken for more than 500 years, since the 18-year-old artist made it in

Five-Year-Old Knocks Over And Breaks $132K Sculpture In Museum, And Insurer Says Parents Must Pay For It
"Surveillance video recorded last week at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, shows two young boys running around and playing with each other while a group of adults sat and chatted nearby. It was all fun and games until one 5-year-old decided to stop and admire the art."

Pasadena Museum Of California Art's Board Votes To Close Down (Can It Be Saved?)
"The Pasadena Museum of California Art, that Modernist beacon that has swooped above East Union Street since 2002, will close its doors at the end of the current exhibition," according to a slightly odd vote by the institution's directors. Columnist Larry Wilson looks at the PMCA's unusual situation and wonders if some individuals or institution

Did They Just Find The Oldest Surviving Work By Leonardo Da Vinci?
"A small square tile with the profile image of a beautiful angel has been claimed not only as the earliest surviving work by Leonardo da Vinci, but as his own self-portrait as the Archangel Gabriel. If genuine the tile has survived miraculously unbroken for more than 500 years, since the 18-year-old artist made it in

Five-Year-Old Knocks Over And Breaks $132K Sculpture In Museum, And Insurer Says Parents Must Pay For It
"Surveillance video recorded last week at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, shows two young boys running around and playing with each other while a group of adults sat and chatted nearby. It was all fun and games until one 5-year-old decided to stop and admire the art."

Pasadena Museum Of California Art's Board Votes To Close Down (Can It Be Saved?)
"The Pasadena Museum of California Art, that Modernist beacon that has swooped above East Union Street since 2002, will close its doors at the end of the current exhibition," according to a slightly odd vote by the institution's directors. Columnist Larry Wilson looks at the PMCA's unusual situation and wonders if some individuals or institution

Twenty Curators Trying To Reinvent The Ways We Engage With Art
From major encyclopedic museums to university-run institutions, curators who are schooled in the art of ancient Mesopotamia, South Asia, Renaissance Italy, and many other eras and cultures across the globe are expanding and enriching how audiences experience art history. They’re also innovating the way that art is seen, understood, and disseminated.

The Neuroscientist On Staff At An Art Museum
Dr. Tedi Asher of the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Mass.: "When I first got to PEM,” says Asher, “we knew what the objective was, which was to create more compelling exhibitions for our visitors, by drawing on findings from the neuroscience literature, but we didn't know exactly how to do that. ... I see

Don't Dig Up The Streets Looking For The Missing Ghent Altarpiece Fragment, Mayor Tells Public
"A panel of the 15th century painting Adoration of the Mystic Lamb disappeared from Ghent in 1934, and only a few clues were left behind. But on Friday, an engineer claimed that he had solved the riddle left behind after the disappearance. Gino Marchal, co-author of The Fourteenth Letter, claimed that the panel is hidden

Sculptor Anish Kapoor Sues NRA For Copyright Infringement
"Anish Kapoor is going after the National Rifle Association (NRA), filing a copyright infringement lawsuit in the US in response to a 2017 NRA ad featuring Cloud Gate, his famed public sculpture [known popularly as 'The Bean'] in Chicago's Millennium Park. ... The NRA advertisement, titled 'The Clenched Fist of Truth' or 'The Violence of

International Art Dealers Slam Proposed EU Import Licensing Rules
"The European Union is considering stringent new import licence regulations on cultural goods over 250 years old in order to help fight the funding of terrorism through illicit trade. The proposal as it stands is being fiercely opposed by international dealer associations, whose lobbyists argue that it is ill thought out and will damage the

Is This Claim By Italian Authorities Of Looted Antiquities Bogus?
"Last month, the Carabinieri, Italy's military police, unveiled a cache of antiquities seized from a Roman property developer. The objects, which include two Greek vases as well as a bull's and a horse's head, both in terracotta, are worth €900,000, the Carabinieri's cultural protection squad says. ... But when we sent this picture to five

Glasgow School Of Art Building Is Still "Structurally Solid" After Fire
"Our intention and our focus will be to try to save that building and to find a future for it but it is very, very early days." Experts have estimated the cost of rebuilding the gutted Mackintosh Building would be at least £100 million, if anything can be salvaged at all.

Worcester Museum Adds Signs To Its Art Explaining Ties To Slavery
Dispelling the notion of the autonomous realm of art means acknowledging that cultural institutions function within the system of inequality in the U.S. and that there has undoubtedly been inherent bias in what museums acquire and how they display it. Aruna D'Souza thinks mid-size institutions, like the Worcester Art Museum, are in a position to

Joan Jonas Wins $900,000 Kyoto Medal For Art
"The Inamori Foundation in Japan has announced that Joan Jonas has won its 2018 Kyoto Prize for Art, which comes with 100 million yen (more than $900,000) and a 20-karat gold medal. (The Kyoto Prize also goes to leaders in the technology and science worlds.)"

At Least One Charles Rennie Mackintosh Site In Glasgow Is In Good Shape
Yes, the great architect's Glasgow School of Art has been devastated by fire for the second time in four years, but there's at least a bit of good news about his work. One of the Art Nouveau tea rooms he designed in Scotland's largest city has been restored and reopened.

European Museums Rush To Collect Artifacts In Real Time After Significant Events
Rapid-response collecting was pioneered by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2014, it opened a gallery dedicated to objects acquired after they stirred public debate or looked likely to have historical impact. The museum says it hopes they provoke discussion about how objects are changing the way we live.

Christo Takes Over A Lake In London
The sculpture’s footprint covers 1% of the artificial lake’s surface and rises 20 metres above the water. The sides of the barrels are painted red, with a white stripe circling their circumference, giving the side-view of the sculpture the appearance of relentless cartoon brickwork. The circular barrels’ ends are variously blue, a different red or

Should Artists - And Their Estates - Keep A Percentage Share In Every Work They Sell?
When a Kerry James Marshall piece sells at auction for almost $19 million, but the artist sees none of that money, the stark reality sets in: Artists have no direct stake in secondary sales of their works. And artists are getting poorer - they earn an average of $10,000 in the U.S. How can this

Making New Art At The Louvre - And Fitting In With The Old
"Why did Beyoncé and Jay-Z decide to stage their reconciliation track at the world’s most visited museum? Swagger, for one thing: That first tracking shot of the couple in front of the Mona Lisa, wearing silk suits of complementary sea-foam green (him) and orchid pink (her), is a first-order power move that echoes their selfie

After An Initial Rejection, Melbourne Woolworths Allows An Artist His Mass Nude Photo Shoot
Spencer Tunick specializes in mass nude photography, but the supermarket giant in inner Melbourne wasn't, at first, keen on letting the artist do his proposed shoot, which already had more than 10,000 people signed up. The company said it would disrupt weekend shoppers. So, "the organisers proposed to reschedule the shoot for a Monday morning

What's It Like To Be In Art School In Your 60s?
Nell Irvin Painter (yes, that's her real name) changed her hair as well as her understanding when she got her MFA: "I could just feel that in art school, in that world, my natural hair seemed kind of 20th century. It was akin to my great handicap, which was my 20th century eyes. I really



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Colorfest 2013 Art Festival
Colorfest 2013, Art and Taste of Appalachia, will be held on first Saturday in October in Dillsboro, NC.

Heritage Arts Festival
Monroeville, Alabama: The historic downtown square is transformed into a wonderland of crafts, quilts, woodworking, soul food and art. A fashion show, gospel music, and ethnic dance performances also featured.

Hyde Park Village Art Festival
Hyde Park Village Art Festival on last Saturday in October at Hyde Park Village,Tampa. Over 150 artists will display in a variety of mediums such as pottery, paintings, jewelry, ceramics and more. 75,000 attendees expected. As a leading cultural event on Tampa's Harbour Island Art Fest in Downtown.

Art Show in Dahlonega
Annual Mountain Flower Art & Wine Festival on third Saturday & Sunday, in May.

Veterans Creative Arts Festival
The competition includes 53 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil ...

Wild Chicken Festival
An annual festival celebrates these unique residents: The Wild Chicken Festival, held in the downtown historic district of Fitzgerald. Back in the 1960's, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources stocked Burmese chickens all over the state as an additional game bird to be hunted like pheasant or quail. Exotic and beautiful, Burmese chickens are also more athletic than your average chicken. Whether loved or hated, Burmese chickens are a familiar part of the Fitzgerald scene. They wake you up in the morning, create minor traffic problems, and, some claim, even keep the bugs away.

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