Frick Collection Makes Rare Purchase, Then Italy Tries To Block It After The Fact

“The Frick, which adds only sparingly to its collection, described the portrait” – a seven-foot-tall image of Prince Camillo Borghese (Napoleon’s brother-in-law) by François Gérard – “as its most significant painting purchase for nearly 30 years when it announced the acquisition last December.” Now the Italian culture ministry, saying that the portrait is important to […]

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How Art For Justice Aims To Reduce Mass Incarceration

It’s worth remembering that the Art for Justice Fund is barely a year old. Yet in that short time frame, the fund, along with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, has placed the issue of mass incarceration front and center across the arts giving landscape. The rapid evolution of Art for Justice has provided socially driven funders with […]

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Archaeologists Turn Detectives And Trace Looted Artifacts To Iraq

The eight small pieces had no documentation of any kind to help the police, but the museum experts could literally read their origin. They included cone-shaped ceramics with cuneiform inscriptions identifying the site as Tello, ancient Girsu in southern Iraq, one of the oldest cities on earth recorded in the earliest form of true written […]

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Why, And How, Did A Liverpool Biennial Artwork Documenting The Deaths Of Thousands Of Refugees Disappear?

What the … “On Wednesday, August 1, the Liverpool Biennial announced that their installation of The List was anonymously removed by unauthorized persons unaffiliated with the arts festival. The city council also affirmed that nobody employed by the municipality was thought to have pilfered the long list of the dead. On Twitter, the biennial is […]

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