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The Great Wall in China, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the subject of much discontent after news has spread of botched restoration of a section dating back 700 years. This previously unrestored five-mile stretch, among its most…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 18:41
In 2013, looters entered the Mallawi Museum in Minia, Egypt, shot staff and a security guard, and absconded with or vandalized 1,000 objects from the collection. Information on the missing artifacts was distributed and in the ensuing years nearly all…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 18:40
The allure of fast cars and sleek lines will continue to attract enthusiasts, but the high-end consumer spending on classic vehicles may be waning. Indicators suggest that while the average auction prices were up last year, the overall volume of…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 18:38
Following an undercover sting operation at the Metropolitan Fine Arts and Antiques store in New York City on September 22, three antiques dealers were arrested for selling ivory works of art without a license. This is the result of a…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 17:22
When a gallery receives an infusion of $42.5 million, naturally the donor is recognized. In the instance of the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York, this comes in the form of a name change—to the Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum. Investor and…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 16:22
As part of a trilogy of special exhibits to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday year, visitors to Windsor Castle are now able to view “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe.” Among the attire on view…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 03:04
Allegedly owing $621 million in taxes to the French authorities, the heir of a New York art-dealing empire, Guy Wildenstein, has appeared in a Paris court, potentially facing up to a decade in prison if convicted. What is considered one…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 01:55
The life stories of LGBTQ men and women who made historic contributions to society have often been ignored or underestimated. A new initiative, undertaken by Historic England and referred to as Pride of Place, is relisting (protecting) the homes of…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 01:45
What distinguishes a chair designed by an architect rather than a furniture designer? Whey would an architect want to design a chair? These and many other ideas are explored in “Chairs by Architects” (Thames & Hudson).
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 01:40
Branding and statement architecture are often seen by museum administrators as essential to attracting audiences. But what does the public want? The focus has shifted to visitor experience and making museums leisure destinations. As museums get bigger, the tension between…
Posted on Friday, 23 September 2016 00:10
The architect David Adjaye is realizing a dream project. At the end of this month, he will open the National Museum of African American History and Culture — the 12th and final Smithsonian museum on the National Mall — on…
Posted on Thursday, 22 September 2016 02:12
Director of Agence France-Muséums Manuel Rabaté will be the first director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Rabaté has been in his role at Agence France-Muséums, the governmental department charged with the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project, since 2013.…
Posted on Thursday, 22 September 2016 01:15
Actors and art collectors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt amassed a collection estimated to be worth $25 million. Curious as to what they collected during their now dissolving marriage?  
Posted on Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:31
The Tate has acquired a rare circa-1650s painting of an unknown woman, by Joan Carlile, thought to be Britain’s first professional female portrait painter. The earliest of Carlile’s works to enter the collection, it is also the earliest work by…
Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 23:54
Celebrating its first year of operation, the Broad Museum in LA welcomed its 820,000 visitor at the close of its inaugural year. Built by acclaimed architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Broad houses the impressive collection of one of the…
Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 23:32
Once you step inside Pagoda Red, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of Chicago’s industrial West Town neighborhood. The spacious gallery, which includes a magnificent outdoor garden decorated with commanding stone sculpture and vessels, is brimming with…
Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:29
Experts at the Rijksmuseum in The Netherlands have attributed six paintings to the Dutch master Hercules Segers. Segers, who was admired by Rembrandt, often painted mountainous landscapes using unconventional techniques. Prior to the recent authentication, art historians agreed that Segers…
Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:28
An important collection of ceramics by Pablo Picasso will head to auction at Sotheby’s on November 22 in London. The vases and earthenware belonged to the late English actor Richard Attenborough, who amassed an impressive collection of Picasso ceramics during…
Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:27
Four early Rembrandt paintings have been reunited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, for the first time in centuries. The works are part of the Dutch master’s “Five Senses” series, which was created between 1624 and 1625, when Rembrandt…
Posted on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:26
There’s nowhere quite like Los Angeles. Long known as the entertainment capital of the world, the sprawling and diverse metropolis has recently garnered attention for its rapidly growing design scene. While the cost of living continues to soar on the…
Posted on Monday, 19 September 2016 12:57
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