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Monday, 10 October 2016 15:56

Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz has returned to her most personal 1999 project, “Women,” a series of UBS-commissioned portriats to engage new subjects in the next generation. Seventeen years later, with “Women: New Portraits,” Leibovitz is adding to history and elaborating with a new mentor, Gloria Steinem, and a new format beyond the printed page. Leibovitz and Steinem have engaged new viewers through a 10-city international tour, and have focused on issues ranging from sexual violence against women to women’s experiences in the working world in “talking circles,” where the audience is invited to join in. Leibovitz felt her 1999 project had deep resonance, but that it was never “done.” This exhibition will first open in Frankfurt from October 14 to November 6, and then in New York from November 18 to December 11 in the gymnasium of the old Bayview Correctional Facility, a former women’s prison.

Monday, 10 October 2016 15:46

The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas presents Warhol By the Book. It is the first museum exhibition in the United States to examine Andy Warhol's career-long work in books. This segment of his vast portfolio of work is often overlooked. The exhibition spans five decades and over 250 objects, encompassing nearly all of Warhol’s book projects -- from his early days as a student in Pittsburgh and a commercial illustrator in New York, to his years as a Pop art pioneer and superstar in the spotlight. Original artist books, book jacket covers and ephemera, illustrations, screen prints, paintings, photographs, films, and several books authored and owned by Warhol will be on display beginning October 16.

Monday, 10 October 2016 15:38

The house of Roman banker Lucius Caecilius Jucundus was only partially destroyed in 79 EC when Vesuvius erupted in Pompeii. Today, the house still retains some of its foundations, walls, and even details of mosaics and carved reliefs. Researchers at Sweden’s Lund University have digitally reconstructed the building using 3D technology that simulates the experience of walking through the home’s meticulously embellished interiors.

Monday, 10 October 2016 15:27

The Museum of Architecture, Art and Technology (MAAT), which opened in Lisbon to the public this past weekend, offers 7,000 square meters of new exhibition space. British architect Amanda Levete dug down, instead of building up, in order to not block out river views and create new open space to attract the local populace, resulting in the gleaming white stone roof functioning as a public park. Visitors can gaze out over the river, famous for turning gold in the setting sun.

Friday, 07 October 2016 16:27

Everyone’s eyes are being drawn to the unmistakably pink installation at Frieze. Portia Munson, the artist behind “Pink Project: Table,” is part of the P.P.O.W. booth. The New York gallery is representing four generations of feminist artists at Frieze London, and promises the exploration of the complexity of the female identity. “Pink Project: Table” is comprised of thousands of discarded pink items, carefully arranged on a table. Munson first debuted the piece in 1994 at the New Museum as part of the Marcia Tucker-curated exhibition, “Bad Girls.” With this installation, Munson performs an empowering color reinvention, challenging gender roles and disrupting the association of inherent feminine weakness with the color pink.

Friday, 07 October 2016 13:19

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas announced today that a six-year investigation has concluded with the discovery of the true identity and postwar provenance of two paintings in its collection. These paintings, by Spanish master Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, had been seized by Nazis during WWII. After years of relentless detective work by Meadows Museum curator Nicole Atzback, there is now definitive evidence proving these two paintings had been lawfully restituted to the Rothschild family following the war, long before the 1972 sale to the Museum. An overlooked note deeply buried in the archives of the French Diplomatic Archive Center of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs revealed the painting’s rightful owner and proved to be the key to unlocking the decades-long mystery.

Friday, 07 October 2016 13:07

Though musician and cultural icon David Bowie kept his life as an art collector almost entirely a secret, the lesser-known side of his life will be revealed when hundreds of pieces from his personal collection are staged in an exhibition and auction entitled “Bowie/Collector” at Sotheby’s next month. The three-part sale on November 10 and 11 will encompass over 350 works, including a 'spin' painting Bowie created in collaboration with Damien Hirst, an altarpiece by Renaissance master Tintoretto, works by 20th Century British Masters, and more. These pieces have been published in a catalogue, and images are displayed online to give the public a sneak-peek.

Friday, 07 October 2016 13:00

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was famous for his bold economic vision, and for his intolerance of his opponents. During his 22-year term as Prime Minister from 1981 to 2003, he controlled the media, fired top judges, and detained his opponents, but for the most part, the visual arts escaped his attention. The Mahathir years saw the flourishing of art as a form of social commentary, addressing globalization, rapid development, and more. A new show of 48 works by 28 artists entitled “Era Mahathir” explores the complexities of this period. It is on view until November 20 at Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Friday, 07 October 2016 12:51

The contemporary evening auction sailed above estimate and achieved records for seven artists. Among the records set, five were for artists under 40, ending speculation that the bottom has dropped out of the younger end of the contemporary market. Adrian Ghenie’s Nickelodeon (2008) sparked a bidding war in the saleroom, and rose to more than four times its high estimate of £1.5m to sell to a European buyer for £6.2m ($9m USD).

Friday, 07 October 2016 12:44

A new interactive museum honoring liberty and mass immigration will be the the first building constructed on Liberty island in decades. The $70m project design plans were unveiled Thursday morning. Designer Diane von Furstenberg, chair of the fundraising campaign raising money for the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, said, “Lady Liberty is a symbol of everything America’s about: freedom, hope, possibility and resilience.” The museum will be designed by architecture firm FXFOWLE.

Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:56

Frieze London and the Contemporary Art Society (CAS) have teamed up on a new acquisition fund to support museums across the United Kingdom, which will help offset the shrinking local authority investment in arts and culture facilities, and highlight the fantastic work of regional museums. The Collections Fund at Frieze, an amount which currently stands at £50,000, was awarded to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art after a competitive application process open to CAS's 70 Museum Members across the UK.

Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:45

A Los Angeles hospital has been brought back to life temporarily as a gallery after being abandoned three years ago, just in time for Halloween. The immersive exhibition, called “Human Condition,” features work from over 80 different artists displayed in surgical rooms, maternity wards and a psychiatric floor. Curator John Wolf says, “The abandonment of the space is part of the show. It’s almost like the hospital itself is one of the artists.” The exhibition will run until November 30.

Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:38

Chinese art from the Guizhou province in southwest China is on display at San Ildefonso museum in Mexico City. Artists hope that this exhibit, entitled “Masterpieces,” will help bridge the cultural gap between China and Mexico. The works are from the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) and feature more than 151 folk art pieces, including masks, sculptures and paintings. This exhibition will run through February 19th, 2017.

Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:35

San Diego’s month-long architecture and design festival, aptly named Archtoberfest, kicked off last week. More than 65 tours, exhibitions, lectures and street fairs will be a part of this 3rd annual edition. Highlights include the San Diego Design Film Festival, awards ceremonies, art crawl tours, and lectures from master architects.

Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:26

The 19th Smithsonian museum opened its doors on September 24, and since then, demand to experience the new museum has yet to subside. Even though the museum is trying to implement timed passes to help manage the crowds, passes are quickly selling out online. 103,000 people visited the history, culture and community exhibitions in its first ten days, even with the museum being conservative about giving out advance passes to visitors. People have been traveling from across over the country to have a chance to see all of the incredible African American memorabilia in one place.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:32

The court case begins today in Amsterdam to determine the future of a collection of gold, precious gems, a ceremonial helmet, and other treasures from the Black Sea region. Four different museums in Crimea are taking legal action to force the Allard Pierson Museum in the Netherlands to give back treasures in an exhibition entitled, The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea, loaned before Russia annexed the Ukrainian territory. The Netherlands does not recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:17

Incredible exhibitions are opening this fall in Europe, including major two group shows, and solo presentations dedicated to William N. Copley, Théodore Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and other world-famous artists. Here are some of the highlights so you can plan your October art exhibition calendar.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:14

Jai & Jai Gallery has become an essential hub for the young architecture scene in Los Angeles. Their 350-square-foot exhibition space is sandwiched between a barbecue smokehouse and a former vintage music store in Chinatown, and it is rapidly becoming a loci of experimentation for the next generation of designers.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:11

Experts in upholstery, landscape design, carpentry, interior design and decorative painting all share their unique perspectives and tricks of the trade to unlock your home’s potential.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:00

A new scandal has rocked the art world, the likes of which have not been seen since the "early Vermeer" scandal of the 1940s. Sotheby’s was recently forced to take back an £8.4 million ‘Frans Hals,’ because it was revealed to be a fake. The paintings in question are Old Masters, said to be by Frans Hals, Lucas Cranach, and others. Few major art figures are willing to speak openly because the scandal is a matter of such embarrassment, but one well-known dealer has described the individual behind the forgeries as the “Moriarty of fakers” because they are so brilliantly constructed.