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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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Headlines: Ad Space, Tilt Brush and Arts Investment

1) Artists  Fill Ad Space With Artwork

A public artwork by Adam Wallacavage installed in an ad space in Brooklyn


This week marks the launch of Art in Ad Places, a year-long campaign by a number of artists to put artwork in spaces normally reserved for advertising. The campaign will see art installed in bus shelters and payphone booths throughout New York City. Though the works are not all explicitly anti-advertisement, the organizers of the campaign see the artworks as a way of questioning and protesting…

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Headlines: Fire, Dali and Darkness

1) Owner of Destroyed Zoffany Painting may be Fully Remibursed by National Trust

An 18th-century painting by Johann Zoffany


The government of the U.K. is likely to pay a record-setting £4 million in insurance money to cover the value of a painting that was destroyed in a fire. The painting was Johann Zoffany’s “The Mathew Family at Felix Hall, Kelvedon, Essex.” Painted in the 1760’s, the work pictured a young George Mathew, the descendants of whom were its owners. It…

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Headlines: Gingerbread, Art Handlers and Bikes

1) New York Art Dealer Charged With Selling Smuggled Artworks


Some of the antiquities seized by border control regarding the Nancy Weiner case


Nancy Weiner, a New York-based art dealer whose clients include Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses, has been charged with selling stolen and smuggled antiquities. According to the Manhattan District Attorney, Weiner may have been buying illegal artefacts and creating fake paperwork to cover up dubious provenance since 1999. Weiner’s process may have even…

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Headlines: Skulptur, Empty, and Marijuana

1) Empty Gallery: A Pitch Black Art Space in Hong Kong

Guests viewing a Takashi Makino film at Empty Gallery in Hong Kong


A Hong Kong gallery is flipping the script as far as gallery design goes. Hong Kong’s recently-expanded Empty Gallery is a two-floor space with entirely black walls, floors, and even fixtures - the complete opposite of the pristine white cube that we’ve come to expect from gallery spaces. Founder Stephen Cheng believes that a pitch black space is the ideal conductor for art…

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Headlines: Chicago, Cedar, and Snapchat

1) Chicago Art Institute to Offer Free Admission to High Schoolers

An exterior photo of the Art Institute in Chicago


The Art Institute in Chicago is expanding its free admission program to include high-school aged teens. Currently, the Institute offers free admission to children up to 13 years of age. Thanks to a sizeable donation by Kansas-based philanthropists Glenn and Claire Swogger, teens aged 14 to 17 will also get into the museum for free, starting in the new year. The…

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Headlines: Basel, Van Gogh and Snowflakes

1) Miami Basel's Sculpture Park Boasts Meaningful Public Art

A side view of Glenn Kaino's sculpture, Invisible Man


Art Basel Miami Beach is now underway, and here’s a look at some of the outdoor sculpture that’s being displayed as part of the fair. The full outdoor public art exhibition is titled “Ground Control,” and features separate works from 20 different participating artists. Though this Hyperallergic article notes that the equal gender representation of last year’s…

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Headlines: Music, Movies, and Replica Art

1) The Future of Restoration May Lie in Convincing Forgery

A photo of a 3D replica made by Factum Arte


Technological advancements such as 3-D printing and digital scanning and rendering may be the next -  less dangerous - step forward in the preservation and restoration of ancient or endangered artworks. This article in the New Yorker looks specifically at a few different ancient artworks including the wall paintings inside King Tutankhamen’s burial chamber, that have been…

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