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New York Court Dismisses Collector Michael Steinhardt’s Lawsuit Against Hirschl and Adler Gallery Over a $12 Million Portrait

A New York Supreme Court judge has shot down a lawsuit filed by prominent collector and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt last fall. In his claim, Steinhardt accused …

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Hermitage Museum to Sell Monet, Leonardo Paintings as NFTs

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, is minting several masterpieces from its collection as NFTs. The sale of NFT versions of works by …

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Christie’s Announces New Hong Kong Headquarters Opening in 2024

As Asia continues to provide the momentum in the fine art and luxury auction market, the global auction houses have found themselves constrained by limited capacity for …

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Russia’s Hermitage Museum Will Auction Off NFTs of Prized Works by Leonardo, Van Gogh, and Other Artists in Its Collection

Russia’s State Hermitage Museum is getting into the NFT game. This week, the St. Petersburg institution announced that it will auction off tokenized versions of …

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Elise Rasmussen on Mary Shelley and the “Year Without a Summer”

Elise Rasmussen’s “Year Without a Summer” took her to multiple continents and into the creation of one of Western literature’s best-known books—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818). …

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Under The Surface

Pintura al óleo de la serie Cacofonías, inspirada en lo esencial de las cosas.

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Strapped for Funds by a Pandemic, Mexico Buries Archaeological Site Mid-Dig

Citing rising health care costs associated with the pandemic, Mexico said it will bury a centuries-old tunnel found in 2019 near an ancient Aztec city. …

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Vintage Cross-Stitch Motifs Conceal Common Household Objects in Sculptures by Ulla-Stina Wikander

All images © Ulla-Stina Wikander, shared with permission Pastoral landscapes and quiet domestic scenes stitched into vintage textiles envelop Ulla-Stina Wikander’s needlepoint sculptures. Using rotary …

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25 Artists Have ‘Deauthored’ Their Works in the Zabludowicz Collection Because of the Family’s Ties to the Israeli Military

A group of 25 artists and cultural workers have announced they are disaffiliating themselves from their past work with the Zabludowicz Collection as an act …

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The Seattle Art Fair Will Return in 2022, After a Two-Year Hiatus and a Takeover by Art Market Productions

Art Market Productions (AMP), the company behind the Seattle Art Fair, which went on hiatus in 2020 and 2021, has announced the fair’s return for …

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Massive Human Faces Loom Over Japanese Cities in Uncanny Balloon Works by Mé

“Masayume” (2019-2021), Tokyo Tokyo Festival Special 13. Photo by Kaneda Kozo. All images courtesy of Mé, shared with permission An unlikely sight was spotted hovering …

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Heatherwick In Talks for U.K. Covid Memorial, Garrett Bradley to Film Octavia E. Butler Novel, and More: Morning Links for July 27, 2021

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines BRACE YOURSELF! The relentlessly ambitious architect Thomas Heatherwick, the man behind whiz-bang spectacles like Vessel and Little Island in New …

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Art Industry News: Donald Trump Ranted About Hunter Biden’s Art ‘Bribe’ at His Latest Rally + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need …

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“He’s Come a Long Way That’s My Boy” by Photographer Francesco Merlini

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“Bikini” Beach

Bikinis do not make a woman beautiful, but only allow others to enjoy her grace. Original Digital painting, Acrylic, Natural Canvas on stretcher One of …

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Yarrow Slaps Curates “Ginga” @ Chandran Gallery, San Francisco

Yarrow Slaps, as both an artist and gallery director/curator, has always had a nimble eye. He has always been able to combine established and emerging …

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Wing Yau: Earth Connection

The four carved granite faces of Mount Rushmore may claim status as the world’s largest, but other forms of sculpture carry their own weight, remarkable …

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Thinking, Staring & Smoking: An Interview with Robert Pokorny

Chances are a lot of you caught yourself more than once staring at the distance and thinking while smoking and/or drinking during the past year …

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Relatively Quotidian: Zachary Benson Friedberg @ La Luz de Jesus

La Luz De Jesus is pleased to present Relatively Quotidian, Zachary Benson Friedberg first solo exhibition with the gallery.

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British Museum Conservators Will Painstakingly Piece Together Eight Ancient Vessels Destroyed in the 2020 Beirut Explosion

The British Museum and the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) will help to restore eight ancient glass vessels that were damaged during the devastating explosion in …

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British Museum, TEFAF Team Up to Restore Glass Artifacts Damaged in Beirut Explosion

Almost a year after a devastating explosion shook Lebanon’s capital, the British Museum and The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) will partner to help restore …

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Night into Day

A new book published to coincide with Sarah Sze’s recent Fondation Cartier exhibition Night Into Day explores the sculptor’s complex visualisation of the human world …

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Old balcony

In the airplane town, next to Botkin Street, there are several houses in the Soviet Baroque style. Several times I tried to paint the facades …

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Memories

It’s the first painting from the collection of the Green Schoolboards.

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Old window

The photo of this window was taken during one of the walks around the city. Now there are fewer and fewer such windows. The city …

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Akeem Smith on How He Navigates Between Fashion and Art, and His Videos Celebrating Jamaican Dancehall

The hero image of Akeem Smith’s first solo exhibition, “No Gyal Can Test” at Red Bull Arts Detroit, embraces a striking contradiction: Carlene Smith, familiarly …

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Your Muse is Calling

Who is this Muse that we talk about? Where does She come from? What does She want? Is She mythical like a fairy or an …

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Louise Fishman (1939–2021)

Louise Fishman, whose process-based large-scale abstractions draw on queer, feminist, and Jewish cultures, died early July 26 at the age of eighty-two. The news was …

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Clusters of Bright Balloons Envelop Photographer Fares Micue in Her Expressive Self-Portraits

“Contagious energy.” All images © Fares Micue, shared with permission In her ongoing series of self-portraits, Spain-based photographer and artist Fares Micue (previously) trades her …

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ARTnews in Brief: JTT Now Represents James Yaya Hough—and More from July 26, 2021

Monday, July 26 JTT Now Represents James Yaya Hough James Yaya Hough, a Pittsburgh-based artist whose work focuses on the realities of being incarcerated in …

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Louise Fishman, Painter Who Saw Abstraction and Identity as Being Intimately Related, Has Died at 82

Louise Fishman, whose stylish paintings synthesized modernist abstraction with her identity as a queer Jewish feminist, died in New York on Monday at 82. A …

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LACMA’s Game-Changing Partnership With Mega-Collector Budi Tek Will Kick Off With a Show of Contemporary Chinese Art

In 2018, Chinese-Indonesian art collector Budi Tek announced an unprecedented partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) that effectively granted the museum—vis-a-vis …

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Slam Dunk! A Pair of ‘Space Jam’ Nikes Made for Michael Jordan Himself Have Sold at Sotheby’s for $176,400

Is it the shoes? A one-of-a-kind pair of Air Jordan sneakers created for Michael Jordan in honor of his starring role in the hit Looney Toons feature Space Jam just sold …

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Silky Flowers Spring from CJ Hendry’s Enormous Hyperrealistic Drawings in Colored Pencil

“Red Poppy,” 45 x 45 inches. All images © CJ Hendry, shared with permission Previously drawing giant strokes of oil paint and fruits, fish, and …

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Damien Hirst’s Cherry Blossom Paintings, a Sentimental Ode to the Joys of Spring, Are Now on View in Paris

The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris has opened a new solo show featuring works by Damien Hirst, making it his first museum show …

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Yasmina Price on “Till They Listen: Bill Gunn Directs America”

“I WAS A VERY STRANGE CHILD. Everything had to be very beautiful.” In a 1974 interview with Impressions Magazine, the multihyphenate maverick Bill Gunn traced …

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Market Brief: Demand for Grace Hartigan’s Pioneering Ab-Ex Oeuvre Extends to Works on Paper

Grace Hartigan, Untitled, 1959. Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. Madonna in Red Bed, 1994. Grace HartiganC. Grimaldis Gallery The latest Last Wednesday, a mixed-media collage …

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Banksy’s Chunk of Israeli West Bank Barrier to Be Auctioned as NFT

In 2005, Banksy acquired a piece of Israel’s West Bank Barrier and used it for a “treasure hunt.” The first person to find the rock …

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Great Spa Towns, Centuries-Old Rock Inscriptions Added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

On Sunday, UNESCO unveiled new additions to its World Heritage list, including Madrid’s historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro Park, as well as sites …

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Two halves

A pomegranate, certainly is an uncorroborated king, though it has a crown. You can only connect it with one of your own. My favorite. My …

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mechanic

In this small picture, I have created an image of a man who expresses the traits of a serious and purposeful personality. A bird striving …

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Two Trustees Gave the American Folk Art Museum 40 Works by Horace Pippin, Bill Traylor, and Other Artists—See Images Here

The American Folk Art Museum is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the acquisition of 40 works by artists including Horace Pippin, Bill Traylor, and Sister Gertrude …

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Archaeologists Have Unearthed a Rare Cache of 6th-Century Coins Hidden in the Ancient Greek City of Phanagoria 

Archaeologists have unearthed a cache of sixth-century coins in Phanagoria, an ancient Greek city located in what is today southwestern Russia.  80 copper staters—a type …

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Solar Project that Threatened Michael Heizer’s Double Negative Canceled

Plans for a massive solar power plant that would possibly have occluded views from Michael Heizer’s 1969 Double Negative have been scrapped. The billion-dollar Battle …

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This Makeup Artist Transforms Herself Into Various Celebrities And Popular Characters

Kate Blanchett Some people are alarmed by how easy it is to fake anything with digital means like Photoshop, and it’s hard to surprise anyone …

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Logo Designer Creates Adorable Illustrations Inspired By All Kinds Of Things

Logos are usually very simple illustrations showing what the company, person, or the product is all about. Logo designer Alfrey Davilla (previously here) puts his …

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This Is Supercool 3D Printed Jesus Mecha Christ Transformer

What would Jesus look like if he were a transformer? What if, when up on the cross, rather than accepting his fate and dying for …

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Member Spotlight: Darlene McClinton

Darlene McClinton is the grants manager for ArtsGreensboro, a community-supported nonprofit organization and the largest public and private alliance dedicated to sustaining the Greensboro, North …

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A Scorpion and Her Babies Emit a Fluorescent Blue and Purple Glow Under UV Light

Artist Sarah Folts explores the vast world of insects and arachnids, and she recently captured extraordinary footage of an unusual phenomenon. Under UV light, a …

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MACBA Dismissals Spark Outcry, Turkey Slams UNESCO, and More: Morning Links for July 26, 2021

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines QUITE A FEW HIGH-PROFILE ART TYPES ARE DISPLEASED about the dismissal of curators Tanya …

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