In the past few decades, cultural institutions in the West have increasingly felt pressure to return artifacts acquired through questionable means during the colonial era.Continue Reading →
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This week, swapping a run-down house and a Henry Moore sculpture, only 18% of Artforum covers have featured art by women, the mysterious world of the “sneakernet,” how Imelda Marcos bought a Goya, and more.Continue Reading →
This week it was reported that the first recordings ever made by Elvis Presley, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (both 1953), have been digitized and will be released by Jack White’s Third Man Records.Continue Reading →
The convention has been to let media companies, particularly television channels, use newsworthy footage without paying a fee because it’s in the public interest to disseminate the images.Continue Reading →
This week, overcharging billionaire art collectors, the recent fascination with medieval art, the world’s last male white rhino, discovering the previous life of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “Young Girl Reading,” and more.Continue Reading →
In response to a prolonged dry spell, the state of California has instituted mandatory water restrictions, bringing to mind the line from Chinatown (1974): “Middle of a drought, the water commissioner drowns. Only in L.A.”Continue Reading →
On the day that the world could finally send diverse-looking emoji, US-based bleach company Clorox made a very bad joke.Continue Reading →
This week, sound art theory, Yemen’s embattled museums, troubled arts philanthropy in Toronto, British Surrealist Leonora Carrington, Russian internet trolls, galactic Easter eggs, and more.Continue Reading →