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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, “Virgil Reading the Aeneid Before Augustus” (1865), oil over print, engraving by Charles-Simon Pradier, 23 1/2 x 19 1/4 in, collection of La Salle University Art Museum (courtesy La Salle University)

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Metropolitan Museum of Art President Daniel Weiss announced that the museum will start charging visitors from outside New York State mandatory admission beginning March 1.

The La Salle University Art Museum announced that it will deaccession 46 works from its permanent collection to help fund the school’s five-year strategic plan. The works — which include piece by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Thomas Eakins, Edgar Degas, Alex Katz, Dorothea Tanning, and more — will be auctioned by Christie’s between March and June.

Earrings and a brooch belonging to the Qatari royal family were stolen from an exhibition at the Doge’s Palace in Venice, Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas: The Al Thani Collection. Authorities estimate the artifacts to be worth €1 million (~$1.2 million). “We are clearly dealing here with two skilled professionals who managed to pull off their feat despite all the display rooms being fitted with a … highly sophisticated [alarm] system,” chief police commissioner Vito Gagliardi told the Guardian.

Installation view of Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas: The Al Thani Collection at the Doge’s Palace in Venice (photo © Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia )

Documentary photographer Thomas Roma, who is the director of the photography program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, retired after five former students accused him of sexual misconduct.

Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority found a 2,700-year-old clay seal believed to have belonged to a governor of Jerusalem.

In a progress report filed this week, the office of the Massachusetts Attorney General said that it is on track to complete its investigation into the Berkshire Museum’s controversial plan to deaccession and sell works from its collection at Sotheby’s by January 29.

Artist and schoolteacher Mateo Rueda was fired from his job teaching art at Lincoln Elementary School in Utah for showing images of nude paintings to his students.


The Toledo Museum of Art bought five parcels of land adjacent to its current campus, though the museum’s plans for the spaces remain unknown.

The Library of Congress acquired the archive of the Pulitzer Prize-winning political humorist and commentator Art Buchwald.

South Arts received a three-year grant totaling $500,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response.


Andrea Fraser was appointed as the chair of the UCLA Department of Art.

Following the death of dealer Jack Tilton, the Los Angeles gallery formerly known as Roberts & Tilton will now go by Roberts Projects.

George Steel was named the new Abrams Curator of Music at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The Fashion Institute of Technology appointed six new directors to the FIT Foundation: Geoffrey Greenberg, Douglas Hand, Megan Salt, Robert Stock, Nadja Swarovski, and Jerry Vittoria.


Richard Long: River Avon Mud (2016) at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill (image courtesy Galleria Lorcan O’Neill)” width=”720″ height=”479″ srcset=”×479.jpg 720w,×718.jpg 1080w,×239.jpg 360w, 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 720px) 100vw, 720px”>

Installation view of Richard Long: River Avon Mud (2016) at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill (image courtesy Galleria Lorcan O’Neill)

Artist Richard Long was among those knighted by Queen Elisabeth II. He was among several art world figures on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Vibeke Tandberg was awarded the 2017 Lorck Schive Kunstpris, Norway’s biggest prize for contemporary art.

The artist Lucy Raven won the Bauhaus Museum Dessau’s Kunst am Bau competition and will be commissioned to create a new work for the museum’s exterior.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts awarded $40,000 grants to the poets Lisa Robertson, Anne Boyer, and Fred Moten.

Nevin Aladağ was been awarded the Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture.

Renaissance scholar Nathaniel Silver of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum won the I Tatti Prize for Best Essay.


Betty Woodman in front of her public installation for the 2016 Liverpool Biennial (photo courtesy Salon 94, New York)

Tony Calder (1938–2018), music promoter. Best known for being an early champion of the Beatles.

Bruce Halle (1930–2018), wheel magnate and collector of Latin American art.

Robin Holland (1957–2018), photographer.

Robit Matalon (1959–2017), author.

John Portman (1924–2017), architect. Best known for Los Angeles’s Westin Bonaventure Hotel (1976) and other buildings with dramatic atria.

Maurio Staccioli (1937–2018), sculptor.

Dan Talbot (1926–2017), owner of the Lincoln Square Cinemas.

Betty Woodman (1930–2018), artist.

Peter Zubiate (1970–2017), artist.

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