Archive for February 2021

Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts distributes $400,000 to LA arts organisations with revisioned grant

Adapting to the landscape of the pandemic, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts (MKFA) has announced 18 organisations that will be the first beneficiaries of its Organizational Support Grants, a slight revision of their annual Artist Project Grants. The grants will provide the selected organisations with up to $30,000 in unrestricted funds to help […]

Responding to new report, Paris Opera Ballet pledges to make diversity a priority at the historic institution

The Paris Opera Ballet is the oldest national ballet company in the world and is steeped in tradition. For all its grandeur and prestige, the ballet is notably lacking in diversity and, until recently, was among the ballet companies with a repertoire that even included blackface. However, a 66-page report released Monday shed light on […]

Art World Roundup: A painting by Churchill heads to auction, Gee’s Bend quilts head to Etsy, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we bring you news of the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the Guelph Treasure, an unusual painting by former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill heads to auction at Christie’s, and Spain secures the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection for the next 15 years. Also, quilts and other items made by the Gee’s […]

Color of Change presents The Pedestal Project: an AR experience envisioning racial justice leaders atop plinths left empty

In cities across the US, empty pedestals are what remain after statues memorialising the Confederate side of the American Civil War were toppled or removed in recent months. Thus, the question has come of what to do with those empty plinths, but Color of Change has created The Pedestal Project, a temporary AR fix to […]

United States Artists announces 2021 USA Fellowships

United States Artists (USA) Fellowships are among the most prestigious art awards in the US that for 15 years have honoured and supported artists across a number of disciplines. Every year, creatives are recognised for their accomplishments and awarded a $50,000 unrestricted prize to be used however the recipient sees fit. On Wednesday, the 2021 […]

Art dealer lambasts Hermitage Fabergé exhibition for inclusion of “tawdry fakes”

An open letter penned by dealer Andre Ruzhnikov has propelled an exhibition of Fabergé works at the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg into the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Addressed to Mikhail Piotrovsky, head of the Hermitage, the letter alleges that more than 20 of the included works from the collection of Alexander Ivanov […]

The changing face of art collections

The days of traditional fine art collecting may be behind us. Technology and the push for diversity are changing how individuals and museums acquire art and their approach to building collections. While the Covid-19 pandemic has escalated this shift, it was likely only a matter of time before this cultural reckoning would have occurred. For […]