Archive | December, 2015
The skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar.

Nicolas Cage Returns Stolen Dinosaur Skull

Actor Nicolas Cage has agreed to return the skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar he purchased—as an anonymous buyer—from a luxury natural history auction in 2007. The skull turns out to have been stolen from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Cage bought the skull from the I.M. Chait Gallery in Beverly Hills and was contacted by the […]

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Ellsworth Kelly.

Ellsworth Kelly Dies at 92

Legendary abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly, who helped shape the entirety of the twentieth century art world, has died. Matthew Marks of Matthew Marks Gallery announced the artist’s death of natural causes last week at his home in Spencertown, New York. Kelly is survived by his longtime partner, Jack Shear. Kelly was known for his vivid […]

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Perugino's The Resurrection.

MMOA Sued for Racist Paintings

It’s no secret that much of Western art—the kind that often ends up in places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art—features veritable oceans of white people. And while that’s not great overall, one Manhattan man is very angry at the Met for including four paintings in its collection that depict Jesus Christ as a blond-haired […]

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People standing to see the Mona Lisa painting.

A Second Mona Lisa?

It seems unlikely, but it’s possible. There’s a new report making the rounds that a second version of da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa has been found in a private collection in St. Petersburg. Experts are analyzing the work to determine whether it is genuine or, if like so many others, it’s just a very well-done […]

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A bare green wreath over a white background.

Wreath Interpretations

This is the 33rd year of the Parks Department’s Wreath Interpretations Exhibit at the Arsenal in Central Park, and it’s as festive an event as ever. The wreaths you find here are not evergreen and holly. Not even the fake kind. The most “traditional” one of the 48 on display is the one made of […]

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The interior of a NYC subway.

Craig Ward Makes Art out of Subway Bacteria

If you took high school biology, you probably remember the exercise of taking a Q-tip around the classroom, competing to see who can swab the grossest surface and grow a bumper crop of agar-fed bacteria. Craig Ward’s latest project comes out of the space between that high school afternoon and art camp, and it’s amazing. […]

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Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

Emerging Female Artists Make Their Mark

More and more women are being recognized now for their contributions to the arts communities. There have always, always been women making art, of course, but it’s only in recent times that those women are being given credit where credit is due—and has been due for a very long time. . Below are the artists […]

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A blurred city beneath the words

The Brightest Trends From Art Basel Miami Beach

The goal of Art Basel has been to connect the world’s premier art galleries and their supporters, as well serving as a platform for the international art industry. Since its establishment in 1970, its three fairs – staged in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach, provide collectors an opportunity to spot the newest developments in […]

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A gray and black Turner Prize 2015 logo.

A Collective Wins Coveted Turner Prize

A group of young architects and designers has been awarded this year’s Turner Prize, one of the most prestigious art awards in the United Kingdom. The London-based group, called Assemble, was chosen as the recipient because of their work to restore condemned Victorian terraces in Granby Four Streets, a rundown part of Liverpool. With the […]

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Cubicles of art stretch for what seems like miles.

Stabbing at Art Basel Confused for Performance Art

People were less-than-alarmed by a stabbing that occurred at Art Basel in the Miami Beach Convention Center on Friday night. A woman pulled an X-Acto knife out and stabbed another woman in the neck and arms, says Miami Beach police spokesperson Det. Kathleen Prieto. But many of the people at the crime scene remained calm […]

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