Recognizing the First Artist’s Union in England: Art News Roundup

There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from June 12th – June 18th, 2016.

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This week saw the recognition of artists around the world with the start of the artist residency in the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen and the first artist’s union in England!

Tate Modern Unveils New Extension

Last Tuesday the Tate Modern unveiled its new $375 million extension. The new extension is made of lattice brickwork and will provide 60% more space for the museum to display artworks. The new building was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and includes a 360-degree viewing platform atop the building as well as a 23-foot sculpture of a tree created by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Full Story Here →

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Muammar Gaddafi’s Looted Dagger Recovered By Police

Turkish police have recovered a $10 million dagger looted from Gaddafi’s palace following his capture in 2011. The dagger was crafted from ivory with a number of precious jewels adorning the piece. Four people, including a businessman, have been arrested in connection with the smuggling and sale of the valuable ivory dagger. Full Story Here →

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Picasso Sculpture Returned to its Rightful Owner

The Pablo Picasso sculpture Bust of a Woman (1931) has finally been returned to its rightful owner, Leon Black, following a month-long legal battle between Black and an agent of the Qatari Royal Family. The sculpture had originally been sold to Black by Picasso’s daughter but it was discovered that she had sold the same piece to the Qatari agent a year before. The court found Black to be the rightful owner.  Full Story Here →

Replica of The Sistine Chapel Goes on Tour of Mexico

Mexico has unveiled its full-sized replica of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, which will go on a tour around the country for three years. The Vatican gave project organizer Antonio Berumen permission to make a photographic reproduction of the Chapel. It took him two years to painstakingly capture the photographs of the Chapel before recreating the scene back in Mexico. The total cost of the project was $2.4 million. Full Story Here →

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Norwegian Government Announces Artist Residency

The Norwegian Ministery of Culture has announced the development of an art foundation and artist residency in Longyearbyen, the most Northern town in the world. Up to five artists will be invited to take part every year. The move comes as the government aims to promote culture in the area following the demise of the local coal mining industry. The Ministry of Culture has pledged 2 million Kroner ($303,244) a year towards the costs of the running the new program. Full Story Here →

First Artist’s Union in England is Recognized

After 3 years of protesting free labor from artists, the AUE (Artists’ Union England) has officially been recognized, making it the country’s first official union for professional visual and applied artists. The group was formed in response to an overwhelming number of artists being asked to work not for profit, but for “exposure.” Finally, artists are being recognized as employees and not free laborers! Full Story Here →

These are just some of the many news stories that caught our eye this past week. For more stories as-they-happen, be sure to also follow our Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for our newsletter for news about Agora Gallery, our exhibitions, and our artists!


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