Thereâ€™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 21st February – 27th February, 2016.
This week we saw a billionaire spend $500 million on abstract paintings, a hopeful artist marketing a potential art exhibition dedicated to the famed Olsen Twins, and we saw a Camille Pissarro painting returned to a Holocaust survivor.
Top Art News Stories
South Street Seaport Museum Set to Hold First Show Since Devastating Hurricane Sandy
The South Street Seaport Museum is set to host one of its first exhibits since Hurricane Sandy devastatedÂ the gallery space in 2012. The hurricaneÂ destroyedÂ the museum’s electrical systemÂ and leftÂ a slick,Â oily residue throughout the building. The upcoming show will be titled “Street of Ships: The Port and Its People” and will open on March 17, 2016.Â Full Story Here â†’
British Charity CataloguesÂ All Public Artworks in the United Kingdom
Art UK, formerly known as the Public Catalogue Foundation, is a British charity that digitally houses information for over 200,000 artworks that currently reside in the United Kingdom. Most of these works, though they live in the UK, are not necessarily on display. Art UK provides a platform for the public to viewÂ as much of the UKâ€™s national art collection as possible. Full Story Here â†’
French Painter Finds American Artist’s Message in A Bottle
A French painter and her husband stumbled across an American artist’s message in a bottle when they were walking their dog on the beach in the Aquitaine region of France. The bottle was sent by George Boorujy, a New York artist. Boorujy placed the bottleÂ in the waters of New York Harbour and it was found washed up by French painter Brigitte Barthelemy two and a half years later.Â Full Story Here â†’
Olsen Twins Art Exhibition Seeks Funds
Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen have set up a pop culture exhibition dedicated to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The pair is currently fundraising onÂ Kickstarter so they can rent a storefront space and hold a pop-up exhibition. All paintings in the exhibition were created by Chicago-based painter Laura Collins. The Olsen twins have been invited to the exhibition, but it seems unlikely they will come.Â Full Story Here â†’
Art Show in Hong Kong Hosts A Number of Politically Charged Chinese Art Works
M+, Hong Kong’s new art museum, is holding one of the most politically charged art shows Hong Kong has ever seen. Entitled “Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art,” the show will display a number of politically sensitiveÂ works, all produced in China, includingÂ severalÂ depictions of Chairman Mao. The show also includes a large-scale work by Ai Weiwei.Â Â Full Story Here â†’
Billionaire PaysÂ A Record $500 Million for Abstract Art
Ken Griffin, billionaire founder of the hedge fund firm Citadel, paid $500 million for two abstract paintings in what is said to have been one of the largest art deals ever. The abstract works were by Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning. Mr Griffin paid $300 million for the de Kooning work and $200 million for the work by Pollock.Â Â Full Story Here â†’
University of Oklahoma Set to Return Camille Pissarro Painting to Holocaust Survivor
The University of Oklahoma has agreed to return a Camille Pissarro painting to its rightful owner following a three-year legal battle. The painting, stolen by the Nazis during the German occupation of Paris, rightfully belongs to French Holocaust survivor LĂ©one Meyer, who has opted to continue displaying the painting at museums for the viewing pleasure of the public.Â Full Story Here â†’
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