Fort Smith eyes temporary tax to help Marshals Museum 

 

Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, for the Western District of Arkansas and the Eastern District of Texas, 1875-1907. University of Oklahoma Libraries, Western History Collection, generalpersonalities87-600.

This photo of historical importance to Arkansas depicts Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Arkansas and the Eastern District of Texas, 1875-1907. University of Oklahoma Libraries, Western History Collection

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) – Leaders in Fort Smith are considering whether to call a special election for a temporary tax increase that would help pay for the planned U.S. Marshals Museum.

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Exhibition featuring Pahari painting of North India opens at Met, Dec. 22

Attributed to the Master of the Early Rasamanjari. Devi in the Form of Bhadrakali Adored by the Gods, folio from a dispersed “Tantric Devi” series. India, Punjab Hills, kingdom of Basohli, ca. 1660–70. Opaque watercolor, gold, silver and beetle-wing cases on paper. Promised Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 2015

NEW YORK – Starting December 22, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present an exhibition focusing on early painting styles that emerged in the Pahari courts of North India during the 17th and 18th centuries. Featuring some 20 of the most refined paintings produced in South Asia during the period, “Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India” will examine the innovative ways in which Pahari artists depicted the Hindu gods. By juxtaposing devotional images with emotionally charged narrative moments, the paintings gave royal patrons a novel approach to forging a personal connection with the divine through devotion (bhakti).

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Researchers announce items that survived Brazil museum fire

Scene of Sept. 2, 2018 fire at the National Museum of Brazil. Photo by Felipe Milanez

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Researchers from Brazil’s National Museum said Monday that they had recovered more than 1,500 pieces from the debris following a massive fire.

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Basquiat’s Defacement: The Untold Story slated for June opening at Guggenheim

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) 1983, Project code: BAS07299, 25 x 30 1/2 inches (63.5 x 77.5 cm), acrylic and marker on wood, framed. The Collection of Nina Clemente, New York.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) 1983, Project code: BAS07299, 25 x 30 1/2 inches (63.5 x 77.5 cm), acrylic and marker on wood, framed. The Collection of Nina Clemente, New York.

NEW YORK – From June 21 to November 6, 2019, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story. This focused, thematic exhibition of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988), supplemented with work by others of his generation, will explore a formative chapter in the artist’s career through the lens of his identity and the role of cultural activism in New York City during the early 1980s.

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‘Devastated Lands’ exhibition opens Tuesday at World War I museum

Watercolor of graves of soldiers from Company B, 314th Engineers Regiment by Percy Vogt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Western Front of World War I that the American forces saw when they arrived and until they returned home was comprised of scenes of environmental degradation on an unfathomable scale, obliterated villages with only rubble to mark their place, vast cemeteries and massive destruction.

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Night view of the 16th-century Galleria degli Uffizi in the historic center of Florence, Italy. May 25, 2006 photo by Chris Wee, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Uffizi aims to slash tourist crowds, stop ticket scalpers

Night view of the 16th-century Galleria degli Uffizi in the historic center of Florence, Italy. May 25, 2006 photo by Chris Wee, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Night view of the 16th-century Galleria degli Uffizi in the historic center of Florence, Italy. May 25, 2006 photo by Chris Wee, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

ROME (AP) – The Uffizi Galleries have turned to algorithm experts in hopes of slashing crowds bunching up in front of the likes of masterpieces by Leonardo and Botticelli and drastically reducing the lines that form outside Italy’s most-visited art museum.

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Newark Museum to host important Steuben glass exhibition

NEWARK, N.J. – A sparkling, colorful gift of Steuben glass from The Thomas N. Armstrong III Collection will be on display in an upcoming exhibition at the Newark Museum. Unexpected Color: A Journey Through Glass, opening on April 28, 2019, showcases more than 130 works in glass designed by Frederick Carder for the famed Steuben Glass Works from 1903 to 1933 and used in a variety of settings by the collector.

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Museum sells 22 of 40 pieces, some Rockwell, to pay bills

Exterior of Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. Image by Berkshiremuseum, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The Massachusetts museum that drew international condemnation for its decision to raise money by selling dozens of works of art, including two by Norman Rockwell, says it only needed to sell about half the pieces to reach its goal.

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Colonial Williamsburg acquires rare Revolutionary War military portrait

Portrait of Major Patrick Campbell, unidentified artist, Scotland, 1775-1776, oil on canvas, Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections, 2018-26

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Likenesses of British officers who served in the Revolutionary War are rare. Therefore, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s recent acquisition of the first bust-length, British military portrait for its collection is significant especially given the connection of this oil-on-canvas to events that happened nearby. The subject, Major Patrick Campbell, was a Scottish officer who served in the British lines at the Siege of Yorktown. Until the last few decades, the portrait descended through the family of Major Campbell’s sister.

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Cowboy Country Museum in West Texas going back in time

Tom Ryan’s ‘The Heritage,’ colored pencil on paper, 30 x 36 inches, 1971. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers

STAMFORD, Texas (AP) – How do they measure success?

The Abilene Reporter-News reports it is by the number of kids wanting to hang out in the museum.

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