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After a $20m renovation, Dia is poised to re-emerge as a force in Chelsea

Re-emerging as a force in Chelsea after a two-year, $20m renovation, the Dia Art Foundation’s space there will reopen on Friday (16 April) with a renewed purpose: to champion under-recognised artists and to serve as an information hub for all 11 of Dia’s long-term art sites. The foundation’s Chelsea renovation unites its three contiguous buildings…

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Siberian surgeon’s drawings show devastating rise in domestic violence in Russia due to Covid-19 pandemic

Ruslan Mellin is a facial surgeon based in Siberia who has been treating victims of brutal domestic violence for years—and, more recently, of Covid-19. Art is his salvation and a window onto the humanity of his patients. His drawings have attracted attention in Russia and are now becoming noticed internationally thanks to Meduza, a Russian news…

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Egyptian archaeologists uncover ‘lost golden city of Luxor’

Archaeologists in Egypt have found what they believe is the famed 3,000-year-old “lost golden city of Luxor”. The ancient site is also being called the “Egyptian Pompeii” because of its remarkable preservation, and has been cited by Egyptologysts as the most significant discovery since the unearthing of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. Excavations began in…

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Adding to a robust trove, High Museum in Atlanta lands a gift of works by self-taught artists

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta today announced a gift of 47 paintings, drawings and sculptures by folk and self-taught Southern artists from a local collecting couple, Harvie and Charles (Chuck) Abney. The donation includes 17 works by the African American artist Nellie Mae Rowe (1900-82), known for vivid colourful drawings brimming with human…

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Getty teams with city of Los Angeles to identify places that are important to African American heritage

Judging the historical record to be incomplete, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the city of Los Angeles today announced a three-year joint effort to identify, protect and celebrate local sites that are central to African American heritage. Of the 1,200 places in Los Angeles designated as cultural or historic landmarks, the Getty and the…

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Picasso portrait of Marie-Thérèse to sell for $55m at Christie’s New York this May

Pablo Picasso’s 1932 Femme assise près d’une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse) (Woman Sitting Near a Window), a portrait of his teenage lover and “golden muse” from a critical point in his career, will be featured in Christie’s newly rebranded 20th Century Art Evening Sale in New York on 11 May, with an estimate of $55m. “1932 was…

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‘Way too close to homeless already’: New York’s live models teeter on the brink

He is sometimes mistaken for “that homeless guy” but prefers to be known as “Moses” or “God”. Or he will settle for “Roman Catholic cardinal”, a costume that always gets him a seat on the subway. Henry William Oelkers has portrayed characters humble and exalted over 25 years as an artist model. Most New Yorkers…

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While US museum attendance nosedived in 2020 amid pandemic, disparities in reopenings yielded a few surprises

Amid months-long shutdowns across the country beginning in mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in a 70%-80% drop in attendance for most US institutions, two museums fared relatively better. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, ranked fourth among US museums, attracting 547,500 visitors as a result…

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After long complaints about pollution and blocked views, Italy bans cruise ships in Venice’s historic centre

The Italian government says it has approved a ban on large cruise ships entering the historic centre of Venice. The decision seems likely to put a stop to mega-collectors hosting vast, lavish parties on cruise ships passing by the Piazza San Marco during the Venice Biennale and means that mass tourism will be re-routed. The culture minister Dario Franceschini, quoted in the Italian daily La Repubblica, says: “It’s a fair decision…

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Armory Show will launch digital exhibition space, starting with a pandemic-related show

The Armory Show, one of New York’s largest art fairs, has announced that it is launching Armory Access: Curated, a digital exhibition space where independent curators can organise virtual shows. The first exhibition, titled The Pandemic is a Portal, opens on 15 April and will include works by around 20 artists, including Hank Willis Thomas, Gordon Matta Clark,…

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