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Michael Rush, Priest Turned Museum Director, Who Led the Rose During Deaccessioning Fight, Dies at 66

Curator, writer, and actor Michael Rush, who was serving as director of Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts, when, in 2009, the university attempted to deaccession the museum’s entire collection to bolster the university’s financial stability, died on Friday … Read More


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Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo and finished in 1512.


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Pope Francis Meets With Homeless in the Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis visited 150 members of Rome’s homeless population in the Sistine Chapel last Thursday during a dinner and private tour of the Vatican organized by Papal Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who directs the office of papal charities. After touring … Read More


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Director of the Saitama Triennale 2016, Takashi Serizawa.


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Saitama, Japan Will Hold 2016 Triennial

Yet another triennial to add to the growing international mix of twice- and thrice-yearly art surveys: Artinfo reports that the city of Saitama, Japan will hold its first triennial of contemporary art, called “Envisioning the Future,” from September 24 through December 11, … Read More


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Auctionata Secures $45 M. in Latest Funding Round

Online auction house Auctionata has closed its series C financing round with a total investment of €42 million ($45 million), under the advisement of international investment bank GP Bullhound. Warsaw-based MCI Management led the round, with newcomers including Hearst Ventures … Read More


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Clark Institute Taps Francis Oakley For Interim Director

Francis Oakley has been selected by the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts to serve as its interim director when its current director, Michael Conforti, retires on August 31 after more than a decade on the job. Oakley’s resume is … Read More


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Performance of Heard.

Sound of the City: A Detroit Renaissance, Courtesy of Nick Cave

The artist Nick Cave, whose Soundsuit sculptures have become something of a fixture in contemporary art, will spearhead an expansive exhibition in Detroit beginning this summer that will consist predominantly of public performances and events throughout the metropolitan area. The … Read More


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Morning Links: Fire Island Fire Edition

Goldman Sachs senior partner Valentino D. Carlotti and private investor David Shuman are joining the Guggenheim Foundation’s board of trustees. [Artforum] A Fire Island fire has destroyed Holly House, an LGBTQ artist residency. [Artforum] The American Academy of Arts and … Read More


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Lisa Yuskavage.


COURTESY THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

‘Let’s Break the Internet!’: The Artist Project at the Met

“This!” Deborah Kass said to me last Wednesday evening, as if it were obvious. We were standing on the steps of the Temple of Dendur, trading favorite museums. She gestured at the sprawl of the Metropolitan Museum of Art around … Read More


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Munich Court Upholds Kunstmuseum Bern’s Claim to 1,000-Plus Gurlitt Collection Works

A Munich court has rejected inheritance claims made by a cousin of Cornelius Gurlitt, a reclusive art collector who died at the age of 81 this past May, to Gurlitt’s collection of over 1,000 artworks, The New York Times reports. Before he … Read More


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Archeologist Howard Carter in King Tut's tomb. 


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Morning Links: King Tut Edition

The Williams College Museum of Art will receive 68 artworks from Peter Norton of antivirus software fame. The gift includes works from Tracey Emin, Adrian Piper, Allan Ruppersberg, Nayland Blake, and Christopher Wool. [Artforum] Shannon Stratton, current executive director of contemporary arts nonprofit Threewalls in … Read More


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Frankenthaler at Bennington in the mid-1940s.COURTESY THE HELEN FRANKENTHALER FOUNDATION

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Gives $5 M. to Bennington College

Vermont’s Bennington College announced today that the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has donated $5 million to its arts programs, and that it will rename the section of its arts center that is devoted to visual arts after the abstract painter, who … Read More


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Theaster Gates. SARA POOLEY

Theaster Gates Did A TED Talk

The Chicago potter, activist, and American Social Practice Installation artist Theaster Gates filmed a TED talk this March called “How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art” that is now available to stream online. In a description of … Read More


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Ingrid Schaffner.COURTESY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Ingrid Schaffner Will Curate the 57th Carnegie International

Ingrid Schaffner will curate the next Carnegie International, a survey of contemporary art held every three to five years at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum. Schaffner will start the job in May, and relocate to Pittsburgh in September. The show will open … Read More


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LACMA Broad & Resnick Pavilion.

LACMA and Hyundai Strike Lucrative Deal

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is expected to announce later in the day an unprecedented ten-year partnership with Korean automaker Hyunadi, the Los Angeles Times reported today. The paper reports that the deal—which LACMA director Michael Govan says … Read More