Art Buzz February 17, 2014: Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed by Protester at Miami Museum

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Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed by Protester at Miami Museum

Source: NYT, 2-17-14

“Colored Vases” by the artist Ai Weiwei at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in Florida in December 2013. Police on Sunday arrested a man who allegedly smashed one of the vases.
Daniel Azoulay/Perez Art Museum Miami, via European Pressphoto Agency

“Colored Vases” by the artist Ai Weiwei at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in Florida in December 2013. Police on Sunday arrested a man who allegedly smashed one of the vases.

A vase by the artist Ai Weiwei on display at the Pérez Art Museum Miami was destroyed in a protest by a local artist, museum and police officials said….READ MORE

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Art Buzz September 15, 2013: Reassured about Syria, Italy loans Israel Botticelli’s The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala

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Reassured about Syria, Italy loans Israel a Botticelli work

Botticelli's 'Annunciation'

Botticelli’s ‘Annunciation.’ Photo by Bloomberg

Italy’s culture ministry had declined to send the 15th-century “The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala” to the Israel Museum due to geopolitical and logistical considerations….READ MORE

Art Buzz September 13, 2013: Harvard Art Museums project nearing end

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Harvard Art Museums project nearing end

Source: Boston Globe, 9-13-13

The last time Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum was open, George W. Bush occupied the White House and Manny Ramirez played left field for the Red Sox….READ MORE

Art Buzz September 10, 2013: Detroit Institute of Arts: In Detroit, a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out

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In Detroit, a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out

Source: NYT, 9-10-13

Suits of armor in the Great Hall at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times

Suits of armor in the Great Hall at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The recent suggestion that the City of Detroit, which owns the Institute of Arts’ building and collection, should sell some of the art to help cover municipal debts would be a betrayal of public trust and donors’ bequests….READ MORE

Art Buzz August 16, 2013: Brad Pitt Deemed Too ‘Dumb’ To Join Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Board

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Brad Pitt Too ‘Dumb’ To Join Art Museum Board

Source: The Inquisitr, 8-16-13

The World War Z star was reportedly very interested in being a member on the board of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Although Pitt seemed to think he had what it took for a spot, an insider says the actor was simply too “dumb” for the job….READ MORE

Art Buzz July 29, 2013: Detroit’s bankruptcy filing may imperil art museum collection

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Detroit’s bankruptcy filing may imperil art museum collection

Source: Public Radio International PRI, 7-29-13

That may include the art collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which – uniquely for a major, comprehensive museum in America – belongs to the city, along with the building that houses it….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 29, 2013: Masterworks for One and All: Museums Mull Public Use of Online Art Images

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Masterworks for One and All

Source: NYT, 5-29-13

Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” (1642) on display in the Rijksmuseum.
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Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” (1642) on display in the Rijksmuseum.

Museums, long reluctant to post good-quality images of their artworks online, are rethinking that strategy as innovators like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam make a range of copying and clipping services available….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 26, 2013: Montreal Museums Day: Free entry into 34 institutions

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Montreal Museums Day: Free entry into 34 institutions

Source: Montreal Gazette, 5-26-13

Sunday is the 27th Montreal Museums Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, and 34 of them will be offering free entry to the public so they can try them out.

For more information, go to museesmontreal.org….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 24, 2013: New European Paintings Galleries, 1250-1800, at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art

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New European Paintings Galleries, 1250-1800, at the Met

Source: NYT, 5-24-13

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Italian Baroque works in the Metropolitan Museum’s European paintings galleries, which have expanded by nearly a third and undergone a reinstallation.

When a monument wakes up, you notice. It’s been more than 40 years since the Metropolitan Museum of Art rethought what many considered its raison d’être, its galleries of European paintings….READ MORE

 A Fresh Home for Familiar Paintings

Source: NYT, 5-24-13

Photos from the new European galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 23, 2013: Massimiliano Gioni, Venice Biennale Curator: New Guide in Venice

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New Guide in Venice

Source: NYT, 5-23-13

Massimiliano Gioni, 40, the 2013 Venice Biennale curator is also the associate director and director of exhibitions for the New Museum.
Samuele Pellecchia for The New York Times

Massimiliano Gioni, 40, the 2013 Venice Biennale curator is also the associate director and director of exhibitions for the New Museum.

Massimiliano Gioni’s ambitious Venice Biennale art extravaganza opens this week…..READ MORE

Art Buzz May 13, 2013: Defending a Scrap of Soul Against MoMA: The American Folk Art Museum Building & the Museum of Modern Art Expansion

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Defending a Scrap of Soul Against MoMA

Source: NYT, 5-13-13
Far left, the former home of the American Folk Art Museum. Its neighbor, the Museum of Modern Art, in other photographs above, has sought to raze the folk art museum in an expansion.

Photographs by Robert Wright for The New York Times

Far left, the former home of the American Folk Art Museum. Its neighbor, the Museum of Modern Art, in other photographs above, has sought to raze the folk art museum in an expansion.

West 53rd Street needs the character of the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, a building threatened by a Museum of Modern Art expansion plan….READ MORE

Art Buzz April 3, 2013: Jean-Luc Martinez: New Director at the Louvre

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New Boss at the Louvre

Source: NYT, 4-3-13

Jean-Luc Martinez, an archaeologist and art historian, will be the next director of the Louvre….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 27, 2013: Colin B. Bailey: New Director Selected for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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New Director Selected for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Source: NYT, 3-27-13

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have announced the selection of a new director, Colin B. Bailey, who is now deputy director of the Frick Collection in New York….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 19, 2013: A New Effort in Boston to Catch 1990 Art Heist Thieves

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A New Effort in Boston to Catch 1990 Art Thieves

Source: NYT, 3-19-13

“La Sortie de Pesage,” by Degas, was one of the paintings taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which provided the image of the stolen work.

The bureau said it believed it had figured out who pulled off a famous theft of 13 works of art, valued at up to $500 million, from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 15, 2013: Louvre museum returns Nazi-looted artwork stolen from Jewish owners

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Louvre museum returns Nazi-looted artwork

Source: BBC, 2-15-13 

Portrait of Bartolomeo Ferracina by Pietro Longhi and The Temptation of St Anthony by Sebastiano Ricci

Portrait of Bartolomeo Ferracina by Pietro Longhi and The Temptation of St Anthony by Sebastiano Ricci are among the four paintings held by the Louvre

The Miracle of Saint Eloi by Gaetano Gandolfi and Saint Francis of Paola by Francesco Fontebasso

The Miracle of Saint Eloi by Gaetano Gandolfi and Saint Francis of Paola by Francesco Fontebasso are among the four paintings held by the Louvre

Seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners in the 1930s are being returned to their surviving relatives as part of an ongoing French effort to give back looted, stolen or appropriated art.

The works include four paintings that currently hang in the Louvre in Paris.

Six of the pieces were owned by Richard Neumann, an Austrian Jew who sold off his collection at a fraction of its value in order to leave France.

The seventh was stolen in Prague from Josef Wiener, a Jewish banker….READ MORE