The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, has acquired several new pieces for its permanent collection, including paintings by Kehinde Wiley, Jordan Casteel, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection, according to an email from the museum. “Each new acquisition advances the conversation about American art in ways that are representative of more of the American people and their stories,” said Austen Barron Bailly, the museum’s chef curator, in a statement.
The FBI’s art crime team at its field office in Washington, DC, has returned a Ukrainian painting stolen by the Nazis to the Embassy of Ukraine in a repatriation ceremony on September 9. After its theft from Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk Art Museum in 1941, the painting, “Secret Departure of Ivan the Terrible Before the Oprichina” (1911) by Mikhail N. Panin, made its way into the home of the Tracy family for decades until the family put it up for auction in 2017, when the FBI was contacted. (Per the FBI: “Anyone with information about missing or stolen artwork is asked to call the FBI’s Washington Field Office at (202) 278-2000.”)
The British Museum, short on space, has made a loan of 12 large Assyrian sculpted gypsum relief panels to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The loan includes the “Banquet Scene” — recognized as one of the most notable relief panels from Assyria. The pieces will be on view at the Getty as part of the exhibition Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq starting October 2.
A Christie’s sale of work by the sculptor Dylan Lewis, titled “Shapeshifting” and featuring depictions of lithe big cats in a variety of poses, came out to £1,790,750 (~$2,208,702). The top lot: “Sleeping Leopard” £156,250 (~$192,717), a bronze feline in repose.
The Sotheby’s sale of pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chinese collection, The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, has netted $8,274,875, which will go to fund further acquisitions. The top lot was “A Finely Carved Large Spinach-Green Jade ‘Immortals’ Brushpot,” from the Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, which sold for $375,000.
Sotheby’s sold $3,549,375 worth of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy. The top lot of the bunch: Zhu Yunming’s “Ode to the Goddess of the Luo River in Cursive Script” (1525), realized in ink on paper across a handscroll.
The Sotheby’s sale of Important Chinese Art netted $10,345,750, with the top lot hitting $500,000 for “A Rare Lavender-Blue ‘Jun’ Narcissus Bowl” from the the early Ming Dynasty.
The settlement comes after Tate prevented an artist who exposed sexual harassment by one of its largest donors from co-curating an exhibition.
Let’s be honest: On a best bathrooms list, no one wants to be number two.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Advocacy groups are pushing for a 5% royalty in resales, which would pertain even after the artist dies, in which case the funds would go to their estate.
This week, the Getty Museum is returning ancient terracottas to Italy, parsing an antisemitic mural at Documenta, an ancient gold find in Denmark, a new puritanism, slavery in early Christianity, and much more.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The absence of an explicit framing of American art, in all of its diversity, as a visual culture of empire distorts and hampers our ability to understand — and reimagine — our social world.
The gap between the material body and the psychological one, which we all too often take for granted, is one of the underlying themes of Hiro’s exhibition.
David Rios Ferreira and Denae Shanidiin join forces to bring awareness to the plight of Indigenous women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Metrograph’s series The Process features films that were either directed by Robert M. Young or made with the help of Irving Young’s postproduction facility.
Memes depicting a sinister, all-powerful Joe Biden alter ego are sweeping the internet, and the Democratic establishment is loving it.