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.
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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 August 6, 2013: 8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

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8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

Source: History, 8-6-13

Despite the best efforts of museums and art collectors, many of the world’s most important paintings and sculptures no longer exist….READ MORE

Art Buzz August 5, 2013: Villa Noailles: Architectural Landmark Now a Design Showplace

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Architectural Landmark Now a Design Showplace

Source: NYT, 8-5-13

Villa Noailles in southern France, a starkly elegant country home inspired by the radical De Stijl movement, has become a venue for design exhibitions….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