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Looted Benin bronzes to be lent back to Nigeria

A group of major cultural institutions in the UK and Europe, including the British Museum, will meet in the Netherlands next year to finalise plans …

Nigeria

Metropolitan Museum of Art Issues Statement Against U.S. Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO

'The Met remains deeply committed to productive engagement with UNESCO.' Read More

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kara Walker’s Show is a Painful, Necessary Reminder That US Culture Wars Never Ended

Kara Walker, “The Pool Party of Sardanapalus (after Delacroix, Kienholz)” (2017), Sumi ink and collage on paper, 125.5 x 140 inches (all images …

Double Dutch: MFA Boston gets aligned gifts of 17th-century Netherlandish art, with work by Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston has announced coordinated promised gifts of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings from the local collectors …

Artists

How Matisse and the Fauvists Harnessed the Expressive Power of Color

Henri Matisse did not seem like one to rock the boat. Serious, intelligent, and embarking on a promising career after studying law in Paris, his path …

Art History

Science of the arts: The new field of neuroaesthetics is probing the relationship between art and the brain - Washington Post

This browser is not fully supported. Please update for the best experience.<p>This is your brain on art<p>By Sarah L. Kaufman, Dani Player, Jayne Orenstein, May-Ying Lam, Elizabeth Hart and Shelly Tan<p>Published Sept. 18, 2017<p>Scroll down to continue.<br>Presentation includes sound.<p>Published Sept. 18, …

The Brain

How France Shaped Walker Evans’s American Vision

From grizzled cotton farmers to quiet small-town buildings and roadside stands, Walker Evans built his reputation on chronicling America’s out-of-the-way places and people. And while he was a prodigious chronicler of vernacular American culture, his own roots were hardly common. Born Walker Evans …

Art

Let's talk about sex at Frieze

The special section at this year’s edition of Frieze London promises to stop visitors in the aisles. Sex Work: Feminist Art and Radical Politics …

Art

In an Era of Strife, Museums Collect History as It Happens

WASHINGTON — In April 2015, Aaron Bryant rushed to be there when demonstrations swept through Baltimore on the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral. He filmed protesters angered by Mr. Gray’s death throwing rocks, watched the helicopters overhead and listened to marchers singing hymns.<p>But Mr. Bryant was …

Black History

How Soviet Art and Design Promoted Communism After the Revolution

V. Kamensky, <i>Youth of Mayakovsky</i> (image © Ne boltai ! Collection, Prague)BRUSSELS — In 1931, the Russian Futurist poet Vasily Kamensky enlisted the …

Yves Saint Laurent museum unveiled in Paris

“The boldness […] in my work, I owe to this country,” said Yves Saint Laurent of Morocco, where he first travelled in 1966. Two museums dedicated to …

Paris

Protest Art, and Institutional Support of It, Is More Vital Than Ever

Emma Sulkowicz and the rules of engagement of “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)” (2014–15) (via Wikimedia Commons)I was lying in bed in …

Rodin’s love of the Parthenon sculptures revealed

Rodin’s love of the sculptures from the Parthenon is to be the subject of a major exhibition at the British Museum next April. The Art Newspaper can …

Museums

Art or animal cruelty? Guggenheim pulls display of live reptiles fighting for survival.

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City pulled three pieces from an upcoming exhibit after hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition claiming they depicted animal cruelty.<p>The museum said in a statement Monday that “explicit and repeated threats of violence have made our decision necessary.” …

The Arts

A Closer Look at Africa’s First Contemporary Art Museum

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art from Africa exterior, designed by Thomas Heatherwick (photo by Iwan Baan)CAPE TOWN — Africa has always enjoyed a …

The Creative Chemistry of a Photography Duo from the 1840s

In 1843, the painter David Octavius Hill was confronted with a seemingly impossible challenge: how to capture the faces of over 400 ministers who had …

The Few But True Artists Committed to Community

Liz Maugans, “The Artist’s Trust: A Portrait of the Artist in Cuyahoga County” (2017) in <i>Constant as the Sun</i> at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary …

Otherworldly Sound Art that Repels and Attracts

Massimo Bartolini, “In A Landscape” (2017) (courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London)TURIN, Italy — Tinkles and toots. A steady …

An Artist and “Dreamer” Discusses the Potential End of DACA

Image of Arleene Correa’s employment authorization identification card (all images courtesy the artist)In March of this year, I had a conversation …

First-ever museum show celebrating queer Asian art opens in Taiwan

The first ever museum show celebrating queer Asian art opened this weekend at the state-run Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art. Spectrosynthesis: …

11 Great Art and Culture Podcast Episodes of 2017

Panel from the ballroom at Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria, Virginia (1917) (via Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia)Some of the great cultural …

11 Secrets Hidden in Famous Works of Art

Among Michelangelo’s venerable ceiling murals inside the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel is arguably the most iconic depiction of man’s relationship to God. …

Art

The Woman Behind Critique My Dick Pic Sizes Up Art Photos of Male Nudes

Anonymous, “First time” (2017) (image courtesy Critique My Dick Pic)The unsolicited penis photo is a much-maligned feature of modern dating, but …

Letting Go of Our Obsession with Memorials

J&M Recording Studio, New Orleans, where Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles, and other important early R&B, rock and roll, and jazz musicians …

Twenty-Six Thoughts on Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg, “Untitled (Elemental Sculpture)” (c. 1953), hinged steel flange, stone, steel strap, and iron bolt (orientation variable), 13 …

This Brooklyn Art Space Wants to Keep Kids Out of Jail

Assembly is a partnership between Recess Art and the Brooklyn Justice Initiatives.<p>Brooklyn Justice Initiatives's mission, according to their website, is to seek "to forge a new repose to misdemeanor and non-violent felony defendants in Brooklyn, New York." In thinking of new, innovative ways of …

Art

Speaking “Curator”

<i>“Taking a critical approach to the ideologies behind the development of these [optical] instruments of guidance and surveillance, the artists</i> …

The Black American Women Who Made Their Own Art World

Faith Ringgold, “For the W omen’s House” (1971), oil on canvas, 96 x 96 in, courtesy of Rose M. Singer Center, Rikers Island Correctional Center (© …

Two members of Pussy Riot detained after protesting against film-maker's imprisonment

Two members of the Russian artist collective Pussy Riot were detained for several hours by police on Monday for protesting against the imprisonment …