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 19th – June 25th, 2016.


Photo courtesy of The Spectator UK

This past week, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union. Read on about how this decision will affect the global art market, learn more about Christo’s ‘Floating Piers’ closing for maintenance, and take a look at a $91M model of Noah’s Ark.

Long-Lost Gauguin Painting Discovered in Connecticut

The long-lost Paul Gauguin painting ‘ Fleurs D’Ete Dans Une Goblet (1885)’ has been discovered in Connecticut. The painting had been hanging in the home of a retired Manhattan art dealer, who was unaware the painting was a work by Gauguin. The painting is now up for sale at Litchfield County Auction, with an estimated selling price of up to $1.2 million. Full Story Here →

Source: theartnewspaper

Source: theartnewspaper

Tate Modern Removes Macaws Due to Concerns Over Their Welfare

The Tate Modern has taken the step of removing two macaws from the installation Tropicália due to an unexpectedly large number of visitors to the museum. The birds have been temporarily returned to their owner so their welfare is not compromised by the large volume of people expected to pass through the museum in the coming days. The installation was created by the late Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica.  Full Story Here →

Christo’s ‘Floating Piers’ Closes For Maintenance

Christo’s project ‘Floating Piers’ on Lake Iseo in northern Italy has closed for maintenance, leaving thousands of people who intended to visit the installation stranded. The installation consists of a three kilometer pier constructed of buoyant plastic cubes that connects the town of Sulzano with two small neighboring islands. The installation is expected to open again shortly. Full Story Here →

Source: artnetnews

Source: artnetnews

Controversial Artist Builds $91M Model of Noah’s Ark

The controversial creationist artist Ken Ham has created a $91m model of Noah’s Ark. The work is set to open next month in Kentucky. A number of people have expressed their disapproval about the state backing the project due to concerns over separation of church and the state. The ark is built to the scale of the dimensions given in the book of Genesis and will cost $40 for adults to visit and $28 for children. Full Story Here →

Source: artnetnews

Source: artnetnews

Constantin Brâncuşi Sculpture Goes on Display as Romania Bids For Ownership

Wisdom of the Earth, a sculpture by Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuşi, has gone on display at the National Bank of Romania in a bid to raise funds so the state can purchase it from a private owner. The private owner has offered the sculpture for 11 million euros, which is considerably lower than what it is valued at. The Romanian state has pledged 5 million euros and is seeking to raise the remainder from private donors. The sculpture is one of only a very small number of Brâncuşi’s work still remaining in his home country.  Full Story Here →

Source: The Guardian

Source: The Guardian

Brexit and What it Means for the Art World

On Friday, June 24, the world awoke to the secession of Great Britain from the European Union. Though the actual exit will not take place until two years from now, legislative changes and possible arts funding cuts make art world professionals wary. There is also speculation as to how Brexit will affect the upcoming auctions in London this summer as the international art market adjusts to this development. Read more about how members of the art world are reacting to Brexit and possible affects to expect in the years to come. 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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