Japanese collector returns ancient artifacts to Cambodia

An example of ancient Cambodian art (unrelated to the returned obects), this is a stone carving at Banteay Srei, an Angkorian temple consecrated in 967 AD. Photo by Vassil

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – Millennium-old Cambodian artifacts displayed in a Japanese collector’s home for two decades have been returned to the Southeast Asian country’s National Museum.

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MAD magazine to leave newsstands; no, really!

Norman Mingo (1896-1980) original cover art for MAD magazine #121 (Sept. 1968) featuring Alfred E. Neuman being held aloft by the Beatles, Mia Farrow and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The artwork sold for $57,241.80 at Hake’s March 17, 2017 auction. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Long-running satirical publication MAD magazine will be leaving newsstands this fall. Really.

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Auction of King Tut sculpture goes forward despite protests

Sculpture of boy pharaoh Tutankhamun. Image courtesy of Christie’s

LONDON (AP) — Christie’s has gone forward with the auction of a 3,000-year-old stone sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun despite protests from the Egyptian government.

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Stedelijk Museum visits ‘Colorful Japan’ via posters

Kazumasa Nagai, ‘Himeji Shirotopia Exhibition 1989,’ 1988.

AMSTERDAM – “Colorful Japan” is the Stedelijk Museum’s posthumous tribute to Japanese graphic designer Shigeru Watano (1937-2012) and features 226 Japanese posters on display in the Gallery of Honor.

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3-D printing recreates ancient sculpture destroyed by ISIS

3-D printing has advanced to the point that it can be used in many industries and applications, including antiquities restoration. Shown here is an Audi RSQ film car that was 3D-printed by rapid prototyping industrial KUKA robots. Image by Eirik Newth, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

LONDON (AP) – A figure of a roaring lion, about the size of a loaf of bread, is the latest step in the fight to preserve culture from conflict.

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Graham Nash’s historic guitars to be auctioned July 20

Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash with his 1969 Martin D-45, which he played at Woodstock as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The guitar has an opening bid of $60,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – For more than 60 years, Graham Nash is the voice of a generation. Through collaborations with the Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash & Young, he became a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Few know, however, of his passion for historic collection guitars he amassed over the years. On July 20, Heritage Auctions will present a group of 19 guitars from Nash’s important collection at auction for the first time, including the iconic 1969 Martin D-45 acoustic guitar, which he played at Woodstock. Read more

Robert Indiana’s caretaker sues for cost of legal defense

While LOVE Park in Philadelphia undergoes renovation, Robert Indiana’s sculpture will be displayed at a temporary location. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – The caretaker accused in a lawsuit of isolating Robert Indiana and taking advantage of him before his death is suing the pop artist’s estate for $2 million to cover his legal fees.

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Viking chess piece sells for more than $900K at auction

Probably Norwegian, Trondheim, 13th century, a Lewis Chessman. Sold for $927,000. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

LONDON (AP) – A 900-year-old Viking chess piece bought for a few dollars in the 1960s has sold at auction for 735,000 pounds ($927,000).

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Tate St Ives announces plans for Art Fund prize money

Another Hurling of the Silver Ball. Copyright Tate. Photo by Kirstin Prisk

ST. IVES, U.K. – Tate St Ives announces it will use the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 prize money to develop a new community strategy with artists at its heart. The funds will support artist-led projects designed for, and in collaboration with, the communities of St Ives, alongside specially-commissioned public artworks in and around the gallery. The program will deepen the gallery’s longstanding commitment to local audiences, as well as honoring the unique history of St Ives as a place where artists put down roots.

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New fine art gallery to open in historic Oakland macaroni factory

Painting by Tom Schultz. Image courtesy of MAC fine Arts Gallery

OAKLAND, Calif. – On August 17, 2019, curators Daniel Peters and Brenda Luckin will open a new professional fine art gallery in one of the oldest artist live-work buildings in America.
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