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Restoring The Longest Painting In America

"The quarter-mile-long (0.4-kilometer-long) panorama toured the U.S. after it was completed in 1848. A section was featured at the 1964 New York World's Fair. But the panorama deteriorated after so much traveling on wagons and trains, rolling and unrolling. Paint dried up and flaked off, and the panorama was put into storage."

Louvre In Talks To Show Leonardo's 'Salvator Mundi'

"Louvre President and Director Jean-Luc Martinez said that he hopes to secure a loan of the most expensive artwork ever sold for a blockbuster Leonardo show the museum is planning to mark the 30th anniversary of its 'Grand Louvre' renovation and expansion in late 2018."Source:

Just How Many Damn Contemporary Art Museums Can Miami Take?

"More, more, more. Here, hardly a season goes by without the announcement of yet another new art museum or expansion - all fueled by the homegrown excitement and international attention surrounding the Art Basel Miami Beach fair each December, and all primarily focused on Basel-style contemporary art at the expense of virtually every other artistic […]

$450M Leonardo 'Salvator Mundi' May Have Had 'Double-Bind Guarantee' (What's That?)

"To minimise its risk, the auction house found a third party willing to 'guarantee' the work. In other words, the painting was pre-sold to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed sum." That third party was, according to one rumor, the owners of another work on sale at the same auction, Warhol's Sixty Last Suppers - […]

How Superstar Mentality Is Endangering The Art World

"The superstar phenomenon is pervasive in the art market. My research of the last few years has documented the increasing dominance of the top end of the market. A very small number of artists, and the galleries representing them, drive the bulk of sales value, while others struggle to survive. While this top-heavy bias has […]

World's Greatest Collection Of Soviet Dissident Art Gets New Home In New Jersey

Well over 17,000 works from the USSR's artistic underground, collected by the late economist Norton Dodge and his wife, Nancy, are going to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The trove, worth an estimated $34 million and accompanied by $10 million to support maintenance, is the largest gift of any kind in the university's […]

Court Orders Release Of Art Collection 'Held Hostage' By Storage Company

"Mana Fine Arts, an art storage complex in New Jersey, has been ordered by a New York judge to turn over the Mugrabi family's entire 1,400-piece art collection, including works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tom Wesselmann and Damien Hirst." The Mugrabis say Mana "is holding the collection hostage over disputed back storage fees, bringing […]

China's Terracotta Warrior Museum Takes A U.S. Partner

The Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in Xi'an has signed a formal partnership agreement with the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, where an exhibition of the terracotta figures is currently running. The director of the Xi'an museum and colleagues were especially impressed with the Institute's educational programs and its focus on culture and technology.

Art Historians Say Reproduction Fees Are Killing Art Scholarship

Historians face bills of thousands of pounds to illustrate academic books with little commercial potential, the 28 signatories say. “We urge the UK’s national museums to follow the example of a growing number of international museums and provide open access to images of publicly owned, out-of-copyright paintings, prints and drawings so that they are free for […]

Hurricane Irma Unburied Some Ancient Artifacts

The items once belonged to the extinct Calusa tribe, which lived on the island between 700 and 1200 AD. Archaeologists have long suspected that the area was rife with historical artifacts, but the excavation of public land is illegal and wouldn’t have been approved by the local government.

Pearl Paint The Rise And Fall Of An Iconic Paint Store

"Over the decades the business went from a struggling housepaint store to one of the most prominent brands in art supplies, with 24 stores nationwide and James Rosenquist and Red Grooms as regular customers. The Canal Street location was one of the last bastions against the flood tide of IRS investigations, bankruptcy, unsellable inventory and […]

Art Historians Say Reproduction Fees Are Killing Art Scholarship

Historians face bills of thousands of pounds to illustrate academic books with little commercial potential, the 28 signatories say. “We urge the UK’s national museums to follow the example of a growing number of international museums and provide open access to images of publicly owned, out-of-copyright paintings, prints and drawings so that they are free for […]

Hurricane Irma Unburied Some Ancient Artifacts

The items once belonged to the extinct Calusa tribe, which lived on the island between 700 and 1200 AD. Archaeologists have long suspected that the area was rife with historical artifacts, but the excavation of public land is illegal and wouldn’t have been approved by the local government.

Pearl Paint The Rise And Fall Of An Iconic Paint Store

"Over the decades the business went from a struggling housepaint store to one of the most prominent brands in art supplies, with 24 stores nationwide and James Rosenquist and Red Grooms as regular customers. The Canal Street location was one of the last bastions against the flood tide of IRS investigations, bankruptcy, unsellable inventory and […]

A New Virtual-Reality Museum For Dutch Old Masters

"The results are startling. You may feel as though you'll bump your head into the paintings, whose surfaces seem palpably close as you lean in to get a closer look - closer than you might in real life. Even the frames are stunningly 3-D."

Dead Grasshopper Found Embedded In Van Gogh Painting

"For over a century, it went unnoticed in the finished work, Olive Trees (1889), now owned by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, but a recent study by the museum's curators, conservators, and outside scientists has revealed its old, brown carcass."

How Much Time Do People Really Spend Looking At The Art In Museums?

Isaac Kaplan looks at the research that's been done on the question over the past 16 years - and finds that the answer has hardly changed over that time span.

A Pharoah's Tomb, Re-Created By A 19th-Century English Architect, Has Been Re-Re-Created In London

"The sarcophagus of the pharaoh Seti I, carved from a single vast block of translucent alabaster, cost [Sir John] Soane £2,000 after the British Museum turned it down ... Almost 900 people trooped through his rooms and into the basement renamed 'the Sepulchral Chamber', where the sarcophagus glowed eerily, lit by candles placed inside. [His] […]

The Guy Who Bought A Basquiat For $110 Million Is Sending It On A World Tour

"Writing on Instagram, the 41-year-old entrepreneur [Yusaku Maezawa] says: 'Good-bye for a while my Basquiat. I am hoping that you will be loved by people all over the world and move the hearts of people around the world. See you again soon. Have a good trip! #JeanMichelBasquiat #worldtour #imissyou.'"

Court OKs Berkshire Museum's Sale Of Art

"Judge John Agostini ruled that plaintiffs in two civil actions, and the state Attorney General's Office itself, failed to make their cases to halt a large-scale deaccession by the museum. The judge is unsparing in his view that the Attorney General's Office conducted an anemic review of the art sale after it was notified about […]

Director Of National Gallery Of Art In DC To Step Down After 25 Years

"National Gallery of Art Director Earl 'Rusty' Powell, whose tenure has been marked by the collection's growth, the renovation of nearly every space and a startling lack of controversy, will retire in early 2019 after more than 25 years in charge. ... Next year, the trustees will begin the process of finding a successor for […]

Louvre's Abu Dhabi Museum Is A Big Gamble

"The museum’s history is turbulent — a saga of economic downturn, collapsing oil prices, regional political tensions and fierce French intellectual debates about the risks of lending its national treasures to the Middle East in exchange for petrodollars. Through it all the Louvre Abu Dhabi has brought together East and West and also managed to […]

What The New Abu Dhabi Louvre Means For The World?

In an impassioned address at the same event, the Louvre director, Jean-Luc Martinez, said that “the Louvre Abu Dhabi has finally been born. This project is first and foremost an Emirati initiative; they have decided that the 21st century will be for knowledge and culture. We share how globalisation was made,” he said, adding that […]

A Global Plan For Sydney - Is It Just The Blandification Of A Great City?

"This is city-as-marketing-exercise, with all the blandification so implied. Addressing the annual conference of the Chicago-based Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Sydney last week, I was struck both by the extraordinary chromosome imbalance of the audience – at least 90 per cent XY – and the competitive tone of the lexicon. It […]



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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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