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Rebekah Mercer Puts a Museum’s Credibility at Risk

Mon, 2018-02-05 13:21
Her family’s foundation funds groups that deny climate science. She should not sit on the board of the American Museum of Natural History.
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Gallery Wanted to Provoke Debate by Removing Naked Nymphs Painting. It Succeeded.

Mon, 2018-02-05 08:07
A gallery in Manchester, England, purposely started a debate about how artworks are displayed and interpreted by temporarily taking down a Victorian painting.
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Meet Six Disrupters at the New Museum’s Triennial

Fri, 2018-02-02 02:00
The 2018 triennial, titled “Songs for Sabotage,” features artists from 17 countries whose work often pushes back against social or bureaucratic power structures.
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Met Selects Pakistani Artist for Roof Garden Commission

Thu, 2018-02-01 07:00
Huma Bhabha’s work explores themes of colonialism, war and displacement.
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Museums and a Performance Artist Grapple With Chuck Close’s Work

Thu, 2018-02-01 06:39
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will keep its Chuck Close exhibition, but will add a concurrent gallery examining gender power dynamics.
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Curators Speak Out in Support of Departing Queens Museum Leader

Wed, 2018-01-31 11:06
An open letter signed by several important art-world figures expressed support for Laura Raicovich, who announced her resignation on Friday.
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Morris Louis Painting Shown at Jewish Museum, This Time Right-Side-Up

Sun, 2018-01-28 15:55
A set of red chalk arrows drawn on the back of the work suggested that its orientation had been 180 degrees off.
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Chuck Close Is Accused of Harassment. Should His Artwork Carry an Asterisk?

Sun, 2018-01-28 12:37
Sexual harassment accusations have scuttled an exhibition of the portraitist’s work. Museums are wrestling with the implications — not just for Mr. Close, but for centuries of artists.
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Curators at Museum of Natural History Object to a Trustee

Fri, 2018-01-26 10:54
Several members of the museum’s staff have sent a letter protesting Rebekah Mercer’s position on the board.
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Politically Outspoken Director of Queens Museum Steps Down

Fri, 2018-01-26 09:42
After three years in the post, Laura Raicovich says she needs to leave to accomplish her goals.
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Museum Told White House: No Van Gogh, but Here’s a Gold Toilet

Thu, 2018-01-25 20:04
Officials at the Guggenheim Museum are being tight-lipped about a report in the The Washington Post that describes a strange email sent by the museum’s chief curator.
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A Museum’s Fresh Take on the Whole Megillah

Thu, 2018-01-25 15:36
“Scenes From the Collection” at the Jewish Museum puts visual art, not just history, at the museum’s heart.
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Ettore Sottsass Exhibition Canceled After Museum and Estate Clash

Wed, 2018-01-24 08:08
The Stedelijk in Amsterdam will no longer present a retrospective of the Italian designer and architect’s work in April.
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Lacma Seeks to Expand Its Footprint Into South Los Angeles

Tue, 2018-01-23 23:00
If approved by the City Council Friday, Lacma’s new site, in a popular nature park, will serve thousands of students in communities far from the main museum.
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The Winter Antiques Show Embraces the Evolving Definition of Antique

Thu, 2018-01-18 12:23
A sexy silver “Cobra Clock,” a museum-quality quilt from 1869 and a “slave wallet” from around 1760 are among the highlights of this year’s fair.
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African Masterpieces With the Grace of Kings

Wed, 2018-01-17 13:18
A show of royal crests from Cameroon brings you face to face (and soul to soul) with African sculpture.
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Meet Your Art Twin: A 400-Year-Old With an Oily Complexion

Wed, 2018-01-17 07:15
Art museum selfies are getting more personal as visitors seek their doppelgängers in paintings and sculptures. A new feature in a Google app has made the trend explode.
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After 950 Years, the Bayeux Tapestry Is Set to Be Displayed in Britain

Wed, 2018-01-17 06:15
The 11-century treasure, which depicts the Norman Conquest of Britain, has only been moved very few times in its history.
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Newly Discovered van Gogh Drawing Is a ‘Stylistic Missing Link’

Tue, 2018-01-16 10:18
A drawing that the artist made in Paris in 1886 has been recognized by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which researched its history.
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Kynaston McShine, Curator of Historic Art Exhibitions, Dies at 82

Fri, 2018-01-12 12:25
A West Indian in a largely white profession, he cut a dynamic figure in the art world, mounting memorable shows that disturbed the status quo.
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