Archive | September, 2015

Lost Painting Returned to Poland–From Ohio

A Krzysztof Lubieniecki painting, long thought lost and stolen by Nazis, is being returned to its home country of Poland, the FBI reports. The painting, “Portrait of a Young Man,” was believed to have been looted and taken to Austria. However, the painting won’t be traveling to Poland from Austria, but rather from the unlikely […]

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The entrance to the British Museum.

Hartwig Fischer to be New Director of British Museum

German art historian Hartwig Fischer has been appointed as the new Director of the British Museum, replacing current director Neil MacGregor. MacGregor is leaving the Museum for a consulting position at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, and if Fischer is confirmed—he hasn’t been yet—then he will become the Museum’s first foreign director in over 200 […]

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NY library

Dutch Architect to Update New York’s Landmark Library

For most of us, a library is invisible. It’s all about the books, not about the building. For others it’s a community center—a destination for meetings or a source of local services. And an increasingly large community of library patrons is interacting with libraries through the Internet. Each of these groups has different demands, but […]

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A carved puppet from one of the Space's collections, bearing the subtitle,

BBC Criticized for Expensive Digital Arts Website

The BBC has been slammed for plans to spend 8.16 million pounds, or about $12 million, on a digital arts website called The Space, a project intended to promote the accessibility of art. However, The Space is a collaboration with Arts Council England, which is publicly funded—and many people are questioning the BBC’s choice. The […]

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The NY Public Library.

Art Events to See in NYC This Week

Here are a few upcoming event highlights for art to see and engage with in the Big Apple this week! Kevin Beasley’s Untitled Stanzas: Staff/Un/Site: Beasley will install and play a new piece of music, made entirely of sounds collected around the High Line over a three-day period. The sounds come from crickets to birds […]

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Chinese flags wave through a city.

UK Sends Prized Art to China

The United Kingdom and Chancellor George Osborne have pledged 7 million pounds as part of a drive to showcase British culture in China. Prized artworks from Shakespeare to David Hockney will travel to the country to promote cultural ties. An additional 3 million pounds will be spent bolstering Chinese tourism in the UK, and 750,000 […]

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The green and black goo of the Solaris exhibit.

Mind-Reading Goo Turns Thoughts into Art

Russian artists Julia Borovaya and Dmitry Morozov have created something mind-blowing—and mind-reading. The artist’s interactive exhibit, named Solaris, turns the thoughts of participants into art by placing an expensive EEG headset on their heads and placing them in front of the goo’s tank. The headset picks up the brainwaves—the viewer’s thoughts—and the green and black […]

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Fredric Brandt at his Chelsea home.

Fredric Brandt’s Art Collection Set for Auction

The gigantic art collection of Fredric Brandt, celebrity cosmetic surgeon and skincare guru, is going up for auction at Phillips Auction House. The collection, valued around $15 million, boasts over 200 pieces. Though his cosmetic surgery clients included Madonna and business bigwigs, Brandt spent much of his free time purchasing and discussing art with friends. Brandt, […]

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The Red Bull Studios logo.

Scenario in the Shade

Something very cool has just opened in New York. Jonah Freeman’s and Justin Lowe’s creative art installation, “Scenario in the Shade,” is a city, encompassing cities. The 500-mile-long art project simulates a stretch from San Diego to San Francisco, part art fair, part festival, and very science-fiction. The installation is built from things its creators found—pegboard, […]

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