Repairs underway on statue of famous New England harbor seal

Harry Goodridge and André the Seal in 1974. Photo by Swampmom54, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) – Repairs are underway on the statue of a Maine harbor seal that is beloved by the town of Rockport.

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Beret-wearing dog artist is centerpiece of new charity art show

Meet DogVinci, the headlining artist in a June 23 art show benefiting the Babylon Animal Shelter in Babylon, N.Y. Image used by permission of the shelter

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) – A Long Island dog named Dagger, who moonlights as a canine artist known as DogVinci, will be the featured artist in a new art show aiming to support an animal shelter.

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Yayoi Kusama installation headed to NYC beach this summer

Portrait of the artist Yayoi Kusama. Copyright YAYOI KUSAMA. Used by permission of Yayoi Kusama Museum

NEW YORK (AP) – A touring work by famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is headed to the Rockaways in New York City this summer.

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Grand Delacroix retrospective coming to the Met this fall

Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798-1863). ‘Self-Portrait with Green Vest,’ circa. 1837. Oil on canvas, 25 9/16 x 21 7/16 in. (65 x 54.5 cm). Musée du Louvre, Paris. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado

NEW YORK – The exhibition “Delacroix,” organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée du Louvre, will open Sept. 17 at the Met. It is the first comprehensive retrospective in North America devoted to the French painter.

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Sculptor Louise Nevelson’s works on paper to go on view at the Whitney

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), ‘The Face in the Moon,’ 1953-55. Etching: sheet, 20 × 26 1/16 in. (50.8 × 66.2 cm); plate, 17 7/8 × 21 5/8 in. (45.4 × 54.9 cm). Edition 1/20. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the artist 69.247. © 2018 Estate of Louise Nevelson/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

NEW YORK – “The Face in the Moon: Drawings and Prints” by Louise Nevelson opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art on July 20. Drawn entirely from the Whitney’s extensive holdings of her work, this exhibition presents a career-spanning selection of works on paper by Louise Nevelson (American, 1899–1988).

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Winston Churchill painting gifted to Missouri museum

Winston Churchill authored this book on painting in 1950. Image courtesy Archive and Crescent City Auction Gallery


FULTON, Mo. (AP) – The latest addition to the National Churchill Museum in Missouri is a testament to the longtime British prime minister’s artistic, rather than political, skills.

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London artist Miriam Escofet wins BP Portrait Award 2018

Miriam Escofet, An Angel at my Table (1000mm x 700mm, oil on linen over panel), First Prize winner, BP Portrait Award, 2018

LONDON – The winner of the BP Portrait Award 2018 was announced this evening at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The prestigious first prize – in the 29th year of BP’s sponsorship of the competition – was won by London based artist, Miriam Escofet for An Angel at my Table, a portrait of her mother drinking tea.

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An Art Deco jewel, the Vinoy Park Hotel recalls a grand era

The Vinoy Park Hotel, one of St. Petersburg, Florida’s finest Art Deco buildings, is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Ebyabe, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The tours start late morning in the lobby of the hotel, guests gathering around a docent named Shirley Barbel. On this particular morning, Shirley explains, there is a conference of insurance agents laying claim to the Pepto-pink Vinoy Park Hotel’s ballroom. “We’re going to try to sneak in,” she whispers, “but they may kick us out.”

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Early Basquiat masterpiece to be auctioned June 26 in London

Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York, New York, 1981, estimate $9.4M-$13.4M. Image courtesy Sotheby’s

Painted at the very moment when Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ground-breaking practice came to the attention of the international art world, his early cityscape New York, New York(1981) narrates the artist’s dramatic transition from spray painting the streets of Manhattan to painting on canvas.

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The Whitney receives extraordinary gift of Lichtenstein artworks

Roy Lichtenstein, Sea Shore, 1964. Oil and Magna on two Plexiglas panels, paint on Plexiglas box frame (24 × 30 in.). © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

NEW YORK, June 6, 2018 – The Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that it has received a remarkable promised gift of over 400 works by Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997). The Museum and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation have forged an agreement that will bring the two organizations into a close and ongoing partnership and will make the Whitney a locus for Lichtenstein scholarship with the creation of the Roy Lichtenstein Study Collection. Through this gift, and an expanded relationship with the Foundation, the Whitney will hold the world’s largest study collection of Lichtenstein’s work, opening up exceptional possibilities for the Museum in terms of exhibition, scholarship, and conservation.

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