No, they’re not previously unknown Native American art, we’re afraid. They’re first- and second-century Greco-Roman works from Antioch, and five of them were among the first pieces acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. “One was embedded in a fountain in the sculpture garden. One went on display in the Membership Garden. One […]
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“For almost 50 years, the artist Pablo Picasso’s wild vision for a massive 102ft high public monument” – titles Bust of a Woman – “which was to have been the world’s tallest concrete sculpture, has remained unrealised. Now, however, scholars at the University of South Florida, Tampa, are venturing to make it a reality – […]
Christopher Knight: “Today, about a week later, we still have no answer as to why MOCA Director Philippe Vergne fired chief curator Helen Molesworth — and we likely won’t. I have a few speculations, which I’ll get to. But the action represents larger stresses vexing the museum world in our New Gilded Age.”
The oldest of these programs is that of the Louvre, which began during the French Revolution in 1793, reportedly just a month after radical Parisians converted the royal palace into a museum. Back then, it was a rule that any artist who wished to enter the museum and copy from the work of the masters would […]
The policy change was backed by philanthropist Susie Konkel, who is a well-known advocate for youth. All eligible visitors will also be able to sign up for the Susie Konkel Pass, which will provide the holder opportunities to attend special events such as free screenings of PMA Films.
“The investigation was named Operation Al Zuni after Al Zuni Global Jewelry, a well-known business in Gallup, New Mexico, owned by Nashat Khalaf, a Palestinian immigrant and prominent Indian arts dealer. … The Indian Arts and Crafts Board estimated in 2016 that the retail value of the 350,000 pieces of jewelry seized during [a large […]
That’s a worry some people have since the museum – now firmly ensconced in Center City Philadelphia rather than at Alfred Barnes’s old home in an inner suburb – has hired a collections assessor. But the Barnes’s CEO insists that nothing is for sale, and that the assessor is examining items that were never at […]
“French schoolteacher Frédéric Durand-Baïssas … says the social media giant closed his account in 2011 because he posted L’Origine du monde (The Origin of the World, 1866), [the history-making] explicit full-frontal female nude.” The French judge did rule that French users could sue Facebook in France rather than California, but was less than sympathetic to […]
Behind the scenes, according to several sources close to the museum who were interviewed by artnet News, Molesworth’s personal priorities, progressive politics, and constitutional aversion to flattering donors put her on a collision course with the museum’s director and board. Ultimately, they said, the competing agendas and approaches proved irreconcilable, and the situation became untenable.
This is part of what it’s like: “By day, a steady stream of tourists came, posing for pictures (and peeking in the windows) dressed in the free costumes provided by the visitor center — calico smocks with cameos, overalls and black jackets, even the spectacles — and wielding pitchforks of all sizes. They brought their […]