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U.S. Files Action To Repatriate Thai Relics At Asian Art Museum

Press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office (Northern District of California): Oct. 29, 2020 The United States filed a civil complaint to forfeit and repatriate two religious relics identified as having been illegally exported from Thailand, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson of the Northern District of California and Homeland Security Investigations (NorCal) Special Agent in Charge Tatum King. The civil complaint can be viewed here: https://go.usa.gov/x7TKF According to the complaint, the two 1,500-pound hand-carved decorative lintels originally were located in ancient religious temples in Thailand, were removed illegally, and thereafter were exported from Thailand without a license. The complaint alleges the Thai lintels became part of a large collection held by a noted collector of South and Southeast Asian art. The collection was bequeathed to the City and County of San Francisco, which used the collection, including the lintels, for display in the

An Autumn Art Walk in the Hudson Valley Gave Lucky Hikers a Chance to See Artists Working in Plein Air Up Close (But Not Too Close)

Visitors to the Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, New York, are used to experiencing scenic trailheads and gorgeous fall foliage this time of year. What they probably aren't expecting to encounter are artists working alongside the nature and wildlife. But that's exactly what they got at this month's inaugural  Plein Air Art Walk , an event conceived in response to restrictions on large indoor gatherings. A  fundraiser  held in conjunction with Roost Studios , a local art nonprofit, the Plein Air Art Walk featured 19 artists painting and sketching the natural landscape, following in the footsteps of 19th-century Hudson River Valley school. "Hudson Valley landscape painting has a rich history. It has always been a strong part of our artistic heritage in this area," Marcy Bernstein, the executive director of Roost Studios, told Artnet News in an email. She came up with the idea for the event while the organization's gallery and community art space was clos

Art Matters Now — 12 Writers on 20 Years of Art: Rahel Aima on the Rallying Cries of 2009

OCTOBER 22, 2020 Banner image: Tree of 40 Fruit, Tree 75 Blossom Detail, Spring 2018. Courtesy Sam Van Aken Studio.  Featured image: Infinity Burial Suit: Space Proposal (Jae Rhim Lee, 2008). Photo by James Patten. ¤ Whether or not Tolstoy was right in suggesting that only art is capable of setting violence aside, artists have long been uniquely positioned to rouse, revolt, speculate, complicate, tell the truth, and offer protest and possibility in polarized and violent times. In collaboration with Creative Capital , the nonprofit known for supporting provocative and progressive work, and which in 2019 celebrated its 20th year of funding and advising artists, LARB will publish 12 essays over 12 months on issues facing contemporary art in the United States. Each contributor focuses on a particular year of Creative Capital's history and/or on a specific artist, beginning with Johanna Fateman's introduction to the series, which reflected on the founding of Creative C

Music, art and getting by with a little help from friends merge on ‘The Lost and Found’

Roland Ramos' new album, "The Lost and Found," might seem like a simple affair: six tracks of soothing and beautiful melodies showcasing finger-picked guitar and voice. But the recording represents much more: It's a testament and a thank-you to a community Ramos has nurtured, supported and helped build over the last 15 years. When his cherished guitar was destroyed in a freak accident last May, Ramos turned to crowd-funding and asked friends and fans to donate and pay for a replacement. "I was terrified," Ramos said. "I had to compete with a pandemic! I had to reach out to people who were scared and not leaving their house. People losing their jobs. And I was complaining that I broke my guitar. It was frightening to ask and I was shocked at the response." Ramos set a goal of $999 and raised $1,149. "It turns out that there are a lot of people that my music helped through these crazy times," Ramos said. "I was remind

Art Angels Gallery In Los Angeles Debuts Rapid Result On-Site Covid-19 Testing For Russell Young Show

Opening reception for Russell Young's "Heroes + Heroines" at Art Angels Gallery in Los Angeles. PR for Artists Would rapid result Coronavirus testing at the door bring crowds back to art galleries and museums? Artist Russell Young and Art Angels Gallery in Los Angeles think so. On September 24th, they found out. Partnering with social-impact investment company QuestCap, which implemented its on-site rapid testing protocol, Art Angels became the first art gallery to offer rapid result testing to visitors prior to entry, allowing patrons to then have an art experience free from worry of catching the disease. Each guest was provided a Covid-19 test prior to their time-reserved entry. Test results were verbally given to guests within five minutes, visibly viewed on the test itself, explained, then emailed to them within 30 minutes of completing the process.  Tests were administered by registered nurses and analyzed on location via a QuestCube COVID-19 pop-

Baltimore Museum of Art Cancels Painting Sale that Drew Complaints

The Baltimore Museum of Art is pausing its plan to sell three major paintings from its collection. A Sotheby's sale of works by Brice Marden, Clyfford Still and Andy Warhol was estimated to bring in $65 million to fund acquisitions of art by people of color and staff-wide salary increases. The decision, on the day of a planned auction of two of the works, came after weeks of criticism from people who opposed the sale and hours after a conversation between leaders of the museum and the Association of Art Museum Directors, a professional organization advancing best practices for art museums. Controversy and recriminations from critics and museum professionals nationwide have trailed the museum's Oct. 2 announcement of the sale. More than 200 former Baltimore Museum trustees and community members signed a letter to Maryland's attorney general seeking to halt the sale. The works by Marden and Still, which were to have been sold Wednesday evening at auction, were the only pai

How blockchain technology reached Christie's and changed the art world along the way

Earlier this month, 18 interested buyers got into a bidding war for a large, gray disk engraved and painted with 322,048 digits of code. It's a little more than 4 feet across, features a 24-karat gold leaf and comes with something the legendary Christie's auction house had never sold before: a piece of digital code that tracks the artwork's location. The artwork, called " Block 21 " and created by a London-based artist, Ben Gentilli, is part of a 40-piece series titled " Portraits of a Mind ," meant to create a history of bitcoin and its mysterious founder. The piece went for just over $130,000, causing a stir in both the art world and the blockchain world. "Block 21" is now the most high-profile example of how blockchain technology has crept into the art world — and shown some signs of changing it. "I think that not since the Renaissance have we seen such a shift in power back into the hands of the artists, and I say that bec

NAMI Healing Art Show showcases work from artists affected by mental illness

14th annual exhibit at Lakeside St. Coffee House ends Saturday, Oct. 31. October 26, 2020 3:29 PM Katelyn Black Posted: October 26, 2020 3:29 PM Updated: October 26, 2020 4:00 PM Photo courtesy of Ellie ThompsonWorks done by the various artists in the show hang on the wall of the Lakeside St. Coffee House until the end of October. Art is more than just pleasing to the eye — it can also serve as a coping mechanism for those with mental illnesses, as it does for the artists participating in the 14th Annual Healing Art Show running through Oct. 31. Hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin, the show can be viewed every day through the end of the month at Lakeside St. Coffee House during typical business hours. There is no fee, though patrons are welcome to purchase the artwork and enjoy goodies from Lakeside while attending. For those who can't see it in person, a video highlighting the artwork can be found on the NAMI Wisconsin website. &qu

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance Presents SING OUT

The festival will be free to enjoy on the new CAP UCLA Online channel. UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents The Tune In Festival; a convergence of music and poetry in a time of change, from Wednesday, October 28, through Saturday, October 31, 2020, online. The festival will be free to enjoy on the new CAP UCLA Online channel . SING OUT, the final program of CAP UCLA's Tune In Festival, is a day-long, international celebration of music and poetry with something for everyone. Daytime performers include Canadian duets Dan + Claudia Zanes and The Small Glories; Chilean folk-singer Nano Stern; L.A.'s Get Lit Players and the Ash Grove Alumni; Carla Canales' Hear Her Song, a tribute to women in power from around the world; and the amazing Urban Voices Project, a troupe comprised of performers from L.A.'s Skid Row. The evening performances include the return of Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely; L.A. activists and musicians, Quetzal; vocalist Sunny

20 Under 40: Artist Chuck Dayton finds he has knack for the art of finance

Helping others reach their dream He said he was surprised being selected as one of the 20 Under 40 honorees. “I was caught off-guard,” Dayton said. “Every year I look forward to the announcement and to see who was named, and I looked up to those people because it takes time to get ahead in business and climb the ladder and get that kind of recognition. I thought it would be cool to be one, but I never imagined I would be. Getting the call that I was one was the coolest thing.” He said the pandemic has resulted in constant changes in the business, many of them making the process more intense and labor intensive. The threat of layoffs has resulted in some people getting their dream of owning a house pulled out from under them at the last minute. “The stress motivates me and keeps me on my toes to be ready for whatever comes my way.” He and his partner Justin, a real estate agent, married in Canada in 2005. Dayton said they occasionally r

Brushwood Center’s At Ease program combines art, nature to help veterans heal; ‘After the class you can see their inner light is shining’

The changes are subtle, but U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Kardas has noticed. He teaches photography to veterans through the At Ease program sponsored by Brushwood Center in Riverwoods. "At the beginning of the class, you could see they were a little shattered," Kardas said, referring to trauma some of the participants might have experienced while serving in the military. "The reality is, right after the class you can see their inner light is shining a little bit. It's been very moving for me," said Kardas, who has found his own solace in nature and art. What makes the 6-year-old At Ease Program unique is that it combines art with nature to promote healing, he said. Brushwood Center, a nonprofit organization, is situated within Ryerson Woods, an ecological treasure in Lake County brimming with native plants, animals and trails where people can commune with nature. Founded in 1984, Brushwood Center's strategic plan is to use

Museums Are Back, but Different: A Visitor’s Guide

This article is part of our latest Fine Arts & Exhibits special report , which focuses on how art endures and inspires, even in the darkest of times. It has been a singular year for art museums. In most parts of the country, they were closed for several months beginning in March; some are still shuttered. Rarely in living memory has so much art been out of view for so long. But signs of resilience are everywhere. Many museums have reopened or are in the process of doing so, and it’s clear that things will look a little different to visitors. On the most visible level of pandemic precautions, some combination of mask mandates, temperature checks, reduced capacity and timed entry is now standard, and will be at least until there’s a coro navirus vaccine. Some of the changes have even been fun: For a few weeks, the Metropolitan Museum of Art had a bike valet for visitors who wanted to cycle over instead of taking the subway. But it’s also the art on display that will take new

Scribbleportrait Offers Artful Renditions of Photos in Scribble Art Form with Personal Touch

People can turn themselves, their friend, family, and even their pet into scribble art with the help of the company's team of professional artists Many people are now going to online stores to look for unique holiday gifts for their loved ones. Scribbleportrait, a company specializing in creating high-quality custom products, offers artful renditions of photos in a scribble art form. This way, people can inject their personal touch in their holiday gift for a special friend or a family member. "You probably have millions of selfies, group photos, and moments you've captured that scream 'This is me!' But instead of simply printing, framing, and hanging the photos on the wall as many people do, why not turn yourself into an actual piece of art? We, at Scribbleportrait, can turn your photo into a dynamic and interesting piece of art worthy of any gallery wall," said the team at Scribbleportrait. Scribbleportrait's artworks are created with e

Maine artists lose $1 million public art contract

Wade Kavanaugh rests his hands on the armature of a public art project that was canceled, while a test project hangs in the background of his studio at The Gem in Bethel on Saturday. Kavanaugh and his art partner, Stephen Nguyen, recently lost a $1 million contract for a public art project in Seattle because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer The pandemic has cost two Maine artists a $1 million public art project. Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen signed a contract a year ago to create large-scale public art as part of a convention center expansion in Seattle, but their part of the project was dropped, in part, because the pandemic skewered revenue projections associated with the convention center, forcing its developers to scale back. A consultant working on the project said the rising costs and complexity of what Kavanaugh and Nguyen proposed also contributed to the cancellation. Kavanaugh, who lives in Bethel, blames pandemic politics.