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The gang that preyed on America's small museums

In an undated image provided via US Attorney's Office for Middle District of Pennsylvania, Nicholas Dombek, who authorities have charged in the museum burglaries. Over the course of almost two decades, a crew showed up at 12 small, low-profile museums that often lacked elaborate security systems, stripping them of cherished items, including treasured heirlooms from America’s sporting past, authorities say. (via US Attorney's Office for Middle District of Pennsylvania via The New York Times)

SCRANTON, PA.- The first burglary was in 1999 at Keystone College in Factoryville, Pennsylvania. One in the gang, authorities said, sneaked onto the campus, smashed some glass display cases and walked off with memorabilia, including a baseball jersey once worn by Christy Mathewson, a legendary pitcher. The Everhart Museum in Scranton was next, six years later. An Andy Warhol silk-screen print and a painting attributed to Jackson Pollock were taken. Then the pace picked up. The Space Farms: Zoo & Museum. The Lackawanna Historical Society. Ringwood Manor. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum. The United States Golf Association Museum and Library. The list goes on. Over the course of almost two decades, the crew showed up at 12 small, low-profile museums that often lacked ela ... More


The Best Photos of the Day






Before 'S-Town' made him famous, clock lovers knew him well   Christe's announces a significant posthumous project conceived by Dame Vivienne Westwood   Christie's international edition of 'The Collector' in collaboration with Alexandre Benjamin Navet


A clock restored by John B. McLemore on display in an exhibition at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, Pa., March 11, 2024. (Justin T. Gellerson/The New York Times)

COLUMBIA, PA.- John B. McLemore, a profanely outspoken, brilliant and troubled restorer of antique clocks, emerged a national figure in 2017 with the podcast “S-Town.” As a horologist — a repairer of devices that measure time — he restored intricate ... More
 

THE BIG PICTURE – Vivienne’s Playing Cards, created by The Vivienne Foundation for Greenpeace (2024, estimate: £30,000-50,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2024.

LONDON.- On the occasion of the birthday of Dame Vivienne Westwood, Christie’s announced a significant posthumous project conceived by the trailblazing British fashion designer and activist, to raise funds for Greenpeace. Working with energy and impact until the end, one of Vivienne’s ... More
 

Alexandre Benjamin Navet © Gregory Copitet.

LONDON.- Building on the success of the inaugural international edition of The Collector online, in London, Paris and New York in April 2023, Christie’s is collaborating with the French artist and designer Alexandre Benjamin Navet as the tastemaker for the first of two Collector auction series in 2024. Navet has created an ‘edit’ of his favourite lots in each of the three sales. Selling concurrently ... More



Worcester Art Museum presents 'New Terrain: 21st-Century Landscape Photography'   Dorotheum announces 'Classic Week April 24th-25th: Old Master Paintings, 19th Century Paintings'   Oklahoma's booming film industry has Texas' attention


Sarah Sense, A Plan of Boston, 2023. Woven archival inkjet prints with tape on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper on white board, Chapin Riley Fund at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 2023.35.

WORCESTER, MASS.- This spring, the Worcester Art Museum presents New Terrain: 21st-Century Landscape Photography, a new exhibition focused on how 21st-century artists use different photographic processes to explore the concepts of landscape and place. Comprising approximately 30 artworks created over the past 20 years, the exhibition highlights a wide range of ... More
 

Fausto Zonaro (1854–1929), Odalisque on the Bosphorus playing the lute
85 x 64 cm, Auction April 25th, 2024, estimate €240,000–280,000.


VIENNA.- Amongst the important pictures included in Dorotheum’s Old Masters Paintings sale on April 24th, 2024, is a work by one of the most innovative artists in art history, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). This painting is a preparatory study for the large family portrait commissioned by King Carlos IV of Spain in 1800, now in the Prado Museum in Madrid. Goya painted ten ... More
 

Crew members film a scene on the set of “Keep Quiet,” one of the productions that can benefit from Oklahoma’s $30 million incentive program, in Oklahoma City, Feb. 14, 2024. (September Dawn Bottoms/The New York Times)

OKLAHOMA CITY.- For a very brief moment, Taylor Sheridan’s hit television series starring Sylvester Stallone had the working title “Kansas City Mob.” But at the time, Missouri had no state funding for film subsidies. “Tulsa King” was born. “We had the incentive, so we got the name,” said Rachel Cannon, founder of Prairie Surf Studios in Oklahoma City, where much of the show’s first season was ... More


Galleria Mattia De Luca opens a retrospective dedicated to Salvatore Scarpitta   Exhibition marks the first solo presentation dedicated to Al Freeman's drawing practice   Berlin was a beacon of artistic freedom. Gaza changed everything.


Salvatore Scarpitta, Tensione, 1958. Bandages and mixed media, 54,5 x 73 x 10 cm. Courtesy Collezione Olgiati ©Estate/Archive of the Artist.

ROME.- The Galleria Mattia De Luca inaugurated in Rome on Saturday, April 6th, at Palazzo Albertoni Spinola the exhibition SAL, curated by Luigi Sansone. It is a retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted and groundbreaking oeuvre of Salvatore Scarpitta (New York, 1919 - 2007), ... More
 

Al Freeman, "Soft Power Cord (Turquoise)," 2023. Vinyl and polyfil; 100 1/2 x 124 x 18 in (255.8 x 315 x 45.7 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Venus Over Manhattan and 56 Henry are presenting a collaborative, two-venue exhibition of new work by Al Freeman. On view simultaneously at 39 Great Jones St. and 56 Henry St., the exhibition marks the first solo presentation dedicated to the artist’s drawing practice. Featuring recent drawings of book covers and album covers, ... More
 

Peaches, an electroclash musician and longtime Berlin resident, in the city on March 6, 2024. In her view Germany “can’t separate Israeli politics from Jewish feelings.” (Andrew White/The New York Times)

BERLIN.- When musician Laurie Anderson was beginning her career in the early 1970s, an avant-garde artist who wanted to work at scale had to go abroad — to one place in particular. “I got my start in Germany, because of state-supported art,” recalled ... More


Tom Smart to retire as the Director of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery   Sworders announces results of the Sir Clinton Charles Donald Cory sale   Mississippi Museum of Art presents 'Thank You Please Come Again' featuring photographs by Kate Medley


Tom first began his time at the Beaverbrook in 1989 as a Curator.

FREDERICTON, NB.- After seven years of transformative leadership, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is announcing the retirement of its Director, Tom Smart, who will leave the position on April 26, 2024. Tom first began his time at the Beaverbrook in 1989 as a Curator. Over those eight years, and with ... More
 

An Attic red and black figure vessel decorated with Athena by the workshop of ‘the Class of Athens 581’ took £3000.

LONDON.- Among the highlights of Sworders’ Fine Interiors sale on March 19-20 was a collection of antiquities formed by the late Sir Clinton Charles Donald Cory (1937-2022), 5th Baronet of Coryton. A lifelong aesthete, traveller, gardener, and philanthropist, he lived in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. ... More
 

Gurjeet Singh at Punjabi Dhaba in Hammond, Louisiana (2023). Photo: Kate Medley.

JACKSON, MS.- The Mississippi Museum of Art is presenting the exhibition Thank You Please Come Again featuring work by Mississippi’s own renowned photojournalist Kate Medley. On view from April 6 to June 23, 2024, in MMA’s Trustmark Grand Hall, Medley’s first solo museum exhibition ... More




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Exhibition of recent paintings by John Newsom on view at MARC STRAUS
NEW YORK, NY.- MARC STRAUS is presenting BEASTS, an exhibition of recent paintings by John Newsom. In this latest series, the artist merges the repetition, patterning and iconography of Pop Art with the surfaces, allover painting and heroism of Abstract Expressionism. In the 1973 film Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee steps into a room of mirrors for arguably its most iconic fight scene. It is then that the teacher’s spiritual guidance reemerges: “The enemy has only images and illusions behind which he hides his true motives. Destroy the image and you will break the enemy.” And for Newsom, the enemy is a programmatic adherence to either representation or abstraction, which is a painterly line that he carefully balances. With lifelike rendering and expressionistic impasto, the artist employs the leopard as an ancient motif whose rosettes visually ... More

Honor Fraser opens a group exhibition that surveys the liberatory affordances of sex
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Honor Fraser is presenting Erotic Codex, a group exhibition that surveys the liberatory affordances of sex, and the erotic devices that artists use to harness power in an evolving digital landscape. Featuring fifteen artists who embrace the body as a site for rupture, rapture, and reconciliation, the exhibition asks how emerging technologies reconfigure cultural norms around sex, just as they shape the political impact of sexuality at home and in public. In turn, Erotic Codex illuminates the entangled ways that we understand intimacy, artificiality, and our own bodies through the prolonged relationships we share with the technological objects at hand. Cocurators Alice Scope and Jamison Edgar arouse influential essays by Audre Lorde, Legacy Russell, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha to examine the fantasies our erratic ... More

Casey Benjamin, free-spirited saxophonist, dies at 45
NEW YORK, NY.- Casey Benjamin, who brought colorfully expansive saxophone flourishes to the Grammy-winning Robert Glasper Experiment and added rich layers of texture to recordings by Solange, A Tribe Called Quest and many others, died March 30 in Maryland. He was 45. The cause was pulmonary thromboembolism, his brother, Kevin Benjamin, said. He did not say where in Maryland Benjamin died. Known for his willingness to experiment, his exuberant stage persona and his trademark swirl of locs, often streaked with teal or red, Benjamin was a founding member of pianist Robert Glasper’s combo, which, critic Nate Chinen wrote in The New York Times in 2012, “specializes in deep, immersive grooves, ... More

Albert Heath, jazz drum virtuoso, is dead at 88
NEW YORK, NY.- Albert Heath, a virtuoso jazz drummer who collaborated with luminaries such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone and Herbie Hancock; performed and recorded with his older brothers, Percy and Jimmy; and for a few years played alongside Percy in one of the great jazz ensembles, the Modern Jazz Quartet, died Wednesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 88. The cause of his death, at a hospital, was leukemia, his stepson Curt Flood Jr. said. Heath, who was known as Tootie, was primarily a bebop and hard bop drummer but was adept in a range of styles. In 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts named him a Jazz Master, an honor that his brothers had received earlier. He accepted ... More

Exhibition of new paintings by Taylor Chapin opens at Quint Gallery
SAN DIEGO, CALIF.- Quint Gallery is presenting Tip Toe, an exhibition of new paintings by Taylor Chapin. This is the artist’s second show with the gallery, following a 2023 presentation of her painting Rest Assured, You Are In Good Hands at ONE. These new oil paintings resonate with Chapin’s surreal style of patterning and further develop her interest in modes of figuration. Through the poses of her sitters, each fully concealed by checked and striped fabrics, she navigates collective human sentiments in life-sized scale and manufactures a limbo in which they all reside. In her simulated realities, Chapin’s faceless figures emerge from prismatic interlocking waves in contradicting or mirrored formats. A central body often appears self-assured, pensive, and at times seductive, while transparent doubles float adjacent in space in physical and ... More

NGV Triennial: More than 1,063,000 visitors see blockbuster exhibition
MELBOURNE.- The third NGV Triennial has welcomed 1,063,675 people, making it one of the most popular exhibitions in the NGV’s history and cementing the blockbuster series as a major cultural highlight for Victoria. On display from 3 December 2023 to 7 April 2024 and completely free, the NGV Triennial enlivened all levels of NGV International with powerful contemporary works by more than 120 artists, designers and collectives from more than 30 countries and regions. These included Yoko Ono, Maurizio Cattelan, Tracey Emin, David Shrigley, Sheila Hicks, Azuma Makoto, Agnieszka Pilat, Jean Jullien, Bethan Laura Wood, Thomas J. Price, Iris van Herpen, Diana Al Hadid, Elmgreen and Dragset and couture fashion house Schiaparelli. Exhibition highlights included never-before-seen world-premiere work Mun-dirra, a monumental ... More

'From Kalila wa Dimna to La Fontaine: Travelling through Fables' now open to the public
ABU DHABI.- Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of the region’s leading cultural institutions, has announced the opening of its first exhibition of the year, ‘From Kalīla wa Dimna to La Fontaine: Travelling through Fables’, following its inauguration by H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, the museum’s Chairman. Held in partnership with Bibliothèque nationale de France and France Muséums along with the generous support of Van Cleef & Arpels, this groundbreaking exhibition showcases a remarkable collection of ancient tales and illustrated fables, promising to captivate visitors as they embark on a unique journey through time. Curated by Annie Vernay-Nouri, Former Chief Curator, Oriental Manuscripts Department, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the exhibition draws inspiration from traditional illustrated fables and delves into the mystical world of animal ... More

Nieuwe Instituut appointed as curator of the cultural programme for the Netherlands' participation at World Expo 2025
AMSTERDAM.- The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, Culture and Science have commissioned Rotterdam’s Nieuwe Instituut to curate the cultural programme for the participation of the Netherlands at the World Expo 2025 in Osaka, Kansai, Japan. Expo 2025 will take place from Sunday 13 April to Monday 13 October 2025. Nieuwe Instituut will develop a programme that spans the breadth of cultural fields and partners—both in the Netherlands and Japan—in responding to the overarching theme of the Netherlands participation: Common Ground. Common Ground brings people together to solve global challenges. At Expo 2025, the Netherlands pavilion aims to be ... More

Sharjah Art Foundation announces Sharjah Biennial 16 initial artist list and curatorial framework
SHARJAH.- Sharjah Art Foundation announces its initial selection of artists participating in the sixteenth edition of Sharjah Biennial (SB16), curated by Alia Swastika (Director of the Biennale Jogja Foundation, Yogyakarta), Amal Khalaf (Director, Cubitt, London, and Curator at Large, Public Practice, Serpentine Galleries, London), Megan Tamati-Quennell (curator of modern and contemporary Māori and Indigenous art, New Zealand), Natasha Ginwala (Artistic Director, COLOMBOSCOPE, curator and writer, Colombo and Berlin) and Zeynep Öz (independent curator, Istanbul and New York). The curators have also revealed their curatorial frameworks, which dialogue with each other as well as with the Biennial’s 30-year history as a platform for artistic experimentation and critical discourse. The curators hybridise and enliven methodologies that inform their ... More




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On a day like today, English photographer Eadweard Muybridge was born
April 09, 1830. Eadweard Muybridge (9 April 1830 - 8 May 1904, born Edward James Muggeridge) was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. He adopted the first name Eadweard as the original Anglo-Saxon form of Edward, and the surname Muybridge believing it to be similarly archaic. In this image: Eadweard Muybridge, Contemplation Rock, Glacier Point (1385) 1872. Collection of California Historical Society.



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