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Headlines: Bulls, Bombs, and Bullies

1) New York's Chinatown Gathers Submission for New Public Artwork

The Canal Street triangle in New York's Chinatown


New York’s Chinatown is putting out a call for submissions for a new work of public art to be installed at the point between Chinatown and Little Italy. Submissions are being accepted until June 19, with the prompt “Gateways to Chinatown.” With a set budget of $900,000 USD, the project’s goal is to promote Chinatown’s increasing identity as a center for the…

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Headlines: MoCA Chicago, Chagall, Robot Advisors

1) MoCA Chicago Will Offer Free Admission to Teens Starting June 1st

An exterior photo of MoCA Chicago


The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is raising its admission fees slightly in exchange for widening the age range of free admission. Where currently the museum offers free admission to visitors 12 and under, starting June 1st anyone under the age of 18 will be allowed in for free. Museum CFO Peggy Papaioannou notes that the museum’s goal has always been to…

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Headlines: Las Vegas, Street Art, and Rosenquist

1) The Ongoing Battle to Get Las Vegas an Art Museum

A photo of the Smith Center in Las Vegas, 2017


The latest installment in a series of attempts to get a lasting art museum started in Las Vegas is showing promise. Proponents of a pop-up museum in downtown Las Vegas have raised over $2 million to put on a show showcasing contemporary art from Nevada. This show, in partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art, has also received a parcel of land that could potentially become the home…

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Headlines: Tuner, Interactive Exhibit, Public Sculpture

1) Turner Prize Changes Rules to Include the Over-50 Crowd

A photo of Anish Kapoor, 1991's Turner Prize winner


The Turner Prize, Britain’s “most prestigious” art award, has announced a change to its regulations that will allow artists over the age of 50 to be nominated. The prize, which has been awarded annually since 1984, was initially open to participants in any area of the arts and at any age. Since 1988, however, the Turner Prize has been open only to artists under the age…

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Headlines: Slashed Painting, Brad Pitt, Radiohead

1) Art Supply Sales Jump Thanks to Large Protests

Anti-Trump protesters making signs in Brooklyn


A recent report has indicated a jump in art supply sales throughout major cities in the United States, thanks mainly to the increase in large-scale protests following the election of Donald Trump. According to the report, the week prior to the International Women’s March on January 21st saw a 33 percent increase in sales of poster boards and a 42 percent increase in sales of foam…

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Headlines: Samsung, Lines, Protests

1) Samsung Introduced TV Screen That Doubles as Wall Art

A promotional image for a digital photo frame by Samsung


Samsung has introduced a new product that acts as a hybrid of a TV set and a digital photo frame. Called The Frame, the new screen is a wall-mounted TV monitor that can play shows just like any other set, but is design with an outer frame that makes it look like an art print or a painting. When you’re not watching TV, The Frame gives you the option of setting it to “art…

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Headlines: Vermeer, Women's Day, Ivanka

1) Wildly Popular Exhibition Causes Chaos at the Louvre

A photograph of crowds lined up to see a Vermeer exhibition at the Louvre


A Vermeer exhibition at the Louvre is causing chaos and upheaval at the French institution. “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting,” a blockbuster retrospective of works by the Dutch master and his contemporaries, has thus far been marred by the museum’s apparent unpreparedness for unprecedented visitor numbers. According to reports, the first day of the exhibition saw…

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Headlines: Gustav Metzger, Kusama Pumpkin, Egon Schiele

1) Pioneering Activist Artist Gustav Metzger Dies at 90

A photograph of the late Gustav Metzger



German-born artist and activist Gustav Metzger, best known as the father of the Auto-Destructive art movement, died at the age of 90 on March 1st. Metzger’s art was often politically motivated, and the Auto-Destructive movement notable called upon artists to destroy works of art as an act of protest. Some of the artist’s personal works also involved the destruction of…

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Headlines: Desert X, Artefacts, Video Games

1) Desert X: The Coachella of Art?

A ground-level photo of Tavares Strachan's "I Am" at Desert X

The first ever Desert X (Desert Exhibition of Art) is set to open this weekend in California’s Coachella Valley, a location currently famous for the eponymous music festival that occurs every April. The exhibition will see numerous artists creating both indoor and outdoor works that respond to various aspects, physical and experiential, of the desert location. One work previewed in the linked article…

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Headlines: Middle East, Surrealism, .ART

1) Denver University Showcases Middle Eastern Artists

Photographs by Iranian artist Shadi Ghadirian in the Center for Visual Art at the Metropolitan State University of Denver


The Center for Visual Art at the Metropolitan State University of Denver is currently hosting an exhibition of art by artists from the Middle East, including a number who now reside in the U.S. and Canada. Though the show had been planned well before the U.S. presidential election, current events have made it quite timely, as noted by curator Cecily Cullen. While discussions of…

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Headlines: Edit-a-Thon, Violations and Day Jobs

1) MoMA to Host 4th Annual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

A photo of participants in the 2016 MoMA Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

This March 11th, MoMA will once again be hosting its annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, an event which will feature panels and discussions about online information and accurate research. The goal of the event, which is being put on the for the fourth consecutive year, is to create more Wikipedia pages for women artists. Edit-a-Thons are also being held in March at various other…

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Headlines: Female Artists, Mississippi Grants, Beyoncé

1) Uffizi Florence Plans to Show More Women Artists

A painting by the 16th century artist Suor Plautilla Nelli


The Uffizi Galleries, located in Florence, Italy, have vowed to start showing more female artists. The decision was reached, in part, after the museum’s director spoke to the Guerilla Girls in 2015. Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8th, the museum will put on a retrospective exhibition of works by Suor Plautilla Nelli, a 16th-century nun who became known as…

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Headlines: Petitions, Protests, POTUS

1) NEA Petitions on White House Website Not Counting SIgnatures

A screen capture of a petition on the White House website


Two White House petitions urging Trump to preserve the NEA and federal arts funding are reportedly not registering new signatures. Both the petitions, currently “available” on the White House website, launched January 21st, the day after the inauguration, a few days after the new president announced his budget plan that would  not include funding for the NEA or the…

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Headlines: The NEA, #J20, Arctic

1) Trump's Plan Could Include a Shutdown of the NEA
A digital image of the logo of the NEA


A recent report indicates that Donald Trump intends to completely defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of budget cuts outlined in his presidential platform. Under the Obama administration the NEA’s annual budget was roughly $146 million, less than 0.3 percent of the U.S. government’s total budget. Trump’s administration reportedly intends to reduce federal…

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Headlines: Met, Women, Inauguration

1) Met Museum Postpones Expansion in Favor of Repairs

A photo of the Great Hall inside the Met Museum


The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s plans to celebrate its 150th anniversary with a new wing have been delayed due to financial issues. While the hope was to have the $600 million new wing open in 2020, officials announced on Wednesday that the Met must instead devote the necessary time and money to repairing the skylights and roof above the rooms housing European paintings.…

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