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How a photography might help solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart

During an attempt to make history, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were circumnavigating the world in Earhart’s custom Lockheed model 10-E Electra. In July of 1937, though, the pair and the plane vanished. Since their last known signal was received, there have been numerous theories as to what happened to them ranging from […]

Mark Beasley named curatorial director of Pace Live

Mark Beasley, former curator of media and performance art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, has been named the Pace Gallery’s curatorial director of their new Pace Live programme. Pace Live is an interdisciplinary programme that will bring together music, film, dance, conservation, and of course, performance. It will be a part of Pace’s […]

A painting bought for €500 at a bar could turn out to be a Rembrandt and sell for €30 million

About 10 years ago, a Belgian man bought a painting from a stranger at a bar near Liège for about €500 ($560). The seller was down and out on his luck and needed to make some money quickly so, the buyer decided that he’d help the guy out. Now the man, who has remained anonymous […]

Baltimore Museum of Art announces a center dedicated to Henri Matisse

The Baltimore Museum of Art, home to the largest public collection of Henri Matisse works, announced that it will soon open a dedicated Henri Matisse research and study center. Scheduled to open its doors in 2021, the 3,400-square-foot center will take place on the museum’s first floor and plans to show rotating exhibitions of Matisse’s […]

Appellate court upholds ruling by Justice Charles E. Ramos: what this means for Fritz Grünbaum’s heirs, works by Egon Schiele, and the HEAR act

After tediously fighting for two artworks by Egon Schiele, the heirs of Franz Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Grünbaum (1880-1941), a famous cabaret singer from Austria and a vocal critic of the Nazi party, are one step closer to possibly bringing the artworks home. On July 16th, a panel of five judges in a New York Appellate court […]

Wait, the Mona Lisa isn’t a great example of the Mona Lisa Effect?

The short answer: no, not really, according to new research. Mona Lisa’s gaze, or what has been called the Mona Lisa Effect for years, is the feeling that no matter where you move in relation to a figure in an artwork, the eyes in the image follow you. Earlier this year, though, scientists debunked the […]

Survey of Swiss museums finds vast underrepresentation of women artists over the last decade

A recent survey conducted by swissinfo.cy and RTS, Switzerland’s public television, has found that over the last decade, male artists have vastly outnumbered female artists in exhibitions held at 80 of Switzerland’s museums. This study highlights that despite museums trying to correct issues of diversity and underrepresentation for female artists that persist in today’s institutions […]