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Downtown Los Angeles places another big bet on the arts

Three abandoned skyscrapers in Oceanwide Plaza across the street from Arena, in downtown Los Angeles, on Feb. 9, 2024. Performance venues and museums are betting on a critical mass to lure patrons. (Hunter Kerhart/The New York Times)

LOS ANGELES, CA.- For decades the effort to revitalize downtown Los Angeles has been tied to arts projects, from the construction of the midcentury modern Music Center in 1964 to the addition of Frank Gehry’s soaring stainless steel Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003. But the pandemic was tough on downtowns and cultural institutions around the country, and Los Angeles has been no exception. Its downtown office vacancy rates climbed above 25%. Storefronts are empty. Homelessness and crime remain concerns. Many arts organizations have ... More

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Norton Museum of Art receives major promised gift of nearly 700 works on paper from collector Jonathan 'Jack' Frost   The Met appoints Stefan Krause as Curator in Charge of the museum's Department of Arms and Armor   'Anne Hardy: Survival Spell' opens at Maureen Paley and Studio M

Jean …mile Laboureur (French, 1877 – 1943), Vieux Pecheur, 1923. Color woodcut. Promised Gift of the Collection of Jonathan “Jack” Frost.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL .- The Norton Museum of Art has received a transformative promised gift of almost 700 prints from the last 500 years from longtime Norton supporter Jonathan “Jack” Frost, featuring European and American printmakers ... More

Krause currently serves as the Ronald S. Lauder Director at the Imperial Armory, Kunsthistorisches Museum, in Vienna. He will begin at The Met in September.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Stefan Krause to the position of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge of the Department of Arms and Armor, following an extensive search conducted over ... More

Survival Spell exhibition view at Maureen Paley, London, 2024.

LONDON.- Maureen Paley is presenting the sixth solo exhibition by Anne Hardy. A new group of floor and wall sculptures are being presented across both the gallery and Studio M. The exhibition is accompanied by an artist’s publication co-published by Dent–De–Leone, designed by KŚjsa of Ňbške ... More

$25 million gift to invest in the future of the Art Institute of Chicago   Bible Jackie Kennedy read from during JFK's funeral offered at Heritage   Merida, Rivera, and Dieguez highlight Moran's Latin American Art + Design sale

The Nichols family’s ongoing commitment to the Art Institute of Chicago totals nearly $50 million over 43 years in support of enhancing visitor experiences through our world-class collection, constructing new space in our ever-evolving campus, and investing in the future of the cultural community and civic life in downtown Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL.- A $25 million gift from the John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Family Foundation will support aspirational campus evolution and visitor- ... More

John F. Kennedy: "Inauguration" Bible Used by Jackie Kennedy for JFK's Funeral Service.

DALLAS, TX.- When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, a nation mourned. But nobody felt the impact more than Kennedy’s family. The shots fired from a sixth-floor window while Kennedy’s motorcade rolled through Dealey Plaza in Dallas sent shockwaves across the country and around the globe. Politicians began ... More

Leading the highlights of fine art is lot 48, Abstracted Figures, 1952, by the Guatemalan Mexican artist, Carlos Merida.

MONROVIA, CALIF.- Discover the vibrant colors and rich cultural heritage of Latin America at the Latin American Art + Design sale presented by John Moran Auctioneers on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024. Featuring 130 lots by renowned artists from North, Central, and South America, this auction ... More

Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai presents Michaël Borremans' "The Promise"   An intimate look at Andy Warhol's best-known subjects   Photo Elysťe opens exhibition that explores the experience offered by the photo booth

MichaŽl Borremans, Missile, 2017. Oil on canvas, 17 x 14 1/4 in / 43.2 x 36 cm. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner © MichaŽl Borremans, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.

SHANGHAI.- Prada presents “The Promise”, an exhibition dedicated to MichaŽl Borremans, with the support of Fondazione Prada. On view from 22 March to 14 May 2024 at Prada Rong Zhai, a 1918 historic residence in Shanghai restored by Prada and reopened in October 2017, the exhibition is ... More

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Campbell's Soup Can, 1961. Casein and pencil on canvas, 20 x 16 in. Hall Collection, courtesy Hall Art Foundation © 2024 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Hall Art Foundation.

GREENWICH, CT .- A new exhibition of Andy Warhol’s works on view at the Bruce Museum provides art enthusiasts the opportunity to see some of the 20th century’s most celebrated and quintessentially American ... More

Christian Marclay, invited by the museum to immerse himself in the Photo Elysťe collections in 2021, chose to explore these thousands of faces recorded by the museum's photo booth.

LAUSANNE.- Four portraits taken by a machine and printed in just a few minutes! This is the experience offered by the photo booth since its invention in 1924. It was an immediate success, particularly with the proliferation of identity documents requiring a portrait complying with specific ... More

50 years after historic home run, Hank Aaron gets a stamp and a statue   Heritage Auctions celebrates world's first $28+ million comics auction   What's next for Jane Goodall? An immersive spectacle in Tanzania.

The stamp was announced on Monday, April 8, 2024, the 50th anniversary of Aaron’s record-breaking 715th career home run. (U.S. Postal Service via The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Hank Aaron, the celebrated baseball player who faced down racism as he broke the Major League Baseball record for most career home runs, was honored Monday with a United States Postal Service Forever stamp and a statue at Baseball’s Hall of Fame. The commemorations marked the 50th anniversary of Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974, which launched him past ... More

Don Heck Tales of Suspense #39 Iron Man Origin Story Page 9 Original Art (Marvel, 1963).

DALLAS, TX.- The previous record for any comic book and comic art auction was eclipsed by Heritage Auctions’ April 4-7 completely sold-out blockbuster event, which realized $28,204,583 after the sun set Sunday evening. That shatters the previous record of $26.5 million set at Heritage in September 2021. Long before closing, the April 4-7 Comics & Comic Art Signature ģ Auction had already been a headline-maker: It opened ... More

Jane Goodall, the groundbreaking primatologist and environmental activist, gestures during an interview at the Hotel Elysťe in New York on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. (Erinn Springer/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Are you ready for the Jane Goodall Experience? It’s getting ready for you. “Dr. Jane’s Dream,” an immersive spectacle by former Walt Disney Imagineers and African artisans celebrating the groundbreaking English primatologist and environmental activist, is taking form in a cultural complex in Tanzania. Its debut, in the safari gateway ... More

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Virgil Abloh's legacy is about to get louder
NEW YORK, NY.- Many companies, including fashion companies, may be going silent about their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the face of political change. The last round of major designer appointments may not have included a single creative director of color. But at least one group is doubling down on its commitment to broadening the style-talent pipeline. At its annual gala on April 8, Peter Arnold, the executive director of the Fashion Scholarship Fund, the nonprofit that is dedicated to expanding access to the industry for underprivileged students, and Shannon Abloh, the widow of Virgil Abloh, will unveil a new strategic plan for the Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund. The new initiative will double the number of recipients and expand the way the fund defines support. As such, it marks the next step in Shannon Abloh’s efforts to consolidate her husband’s legacy. Virgil Abloh, the pion ... More

A protest set to banjo: Jamar Roberts' dance for hard times
NEW YORK, NY.- “This isn’t fun.” That’s what choreographer Jamar Roberts told members of the Martha Graham Dance Company at a recent rehearsal of “We the People,” his first work for the troupe. The antifun note was needed because the music suggested otherwise. “We the People” is set to rearranged songs from “You’re the One,” the latest and most playful album by singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens. It’s rocking-chair porch music or accompaniment for a foot-stomping hoedown. But Roberts’ dance, which will have its New York premiere April 17 as part of the Graham company’s season at New York City Center, isn’t a hoedown. It’s a protest, dressed in denim. (The costumes are by Karen Young.) For much of the work, the dancers face the audience confrontationally, fists raised. They move fast and hard — as if “yelling at people,” as Roberts ... More

Here comes the Sun. And there it goes.
NEW YORK, NY.- The North American total eclipse of 2024 began with a hushed calm in MazatlŠn, Mexico, as crowds along the shores of the Pacific Ocean felt the temperature drop and the darkness descend. “It’s happening!” shouted Dr. James Raniolo, 50, a doctor from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, who had booked a last-minute ticket to MazatlŠn to see the eclipse. For the millions of Mexicans, Americans and Canadians in the path of totality Monday, the eclipse offered a celestial diversion, a break from politics, a respite from relentless images of foreign wars and myriad other troubles. In Russellville, Arkansas, couples used the occasion to stage a mass wedding. A Beatles tribute band called the Liverpool Legends provided the musical accompaniment. “This is a big gig for us,” one of the singers said. “We’ve never opened for the sun before.” Naturally, the band played “Here Comes the Sun.” ... More

'Traces of Existence' exhibition opens at Griffin Museum of Photography
WINCHESTER, MASS.- The Griffin Museum of Photography is presenting the exhibition Traces of Existence, featuring photographs by artists Alejandro Cartegena, Muriel Hasbun, Ilena Doble Hernandez, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Alejandro Morales. Open April 6 through June 9, the exhibition speaks to ideas of migration, history, reminiscence, family, and existence through experimental photography, such as collage, visual juxtapositions, and physical manipulations. Though distinguished stylistically, the artists' exploration of their identity and homeland unite them conceptually. In her series Pulse: New Cultural Registers, Muriel Hasbun references her homeland, El Salvador, through depictions of seismic registers. The exhibition also features a video installation by the artist titled Paper Boats (Barquitos de Papel), which asks visitors ... More

Delmore Schwartz's poems are like salt flicked on the world
NEW YORK, NY.- Come with me, down the rabbit hole that is the life and work of Brooklyn-born poet Delmore Schwartz (1913-66). There are two primary portals into Delmore World. Neither involves his own verse. Reading about Schwartz is more invigorating than reading him, or so I have long thought. He was so intense and unbuttoned that he inspired two of the best books of the second half of the 20th century. The first portal is James Atlas’ 1977 biography, “Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet.” Atlas’ book has more drama and critical insight than seven or eight typical American literary biographies. I would be hard-pressed to name a better one written in the past 50 years, in terms of its style-to-substance ratio and the fat it gets into the pan. Atlas follows Schwartz, the bumptious son of Jewish Romanian immigrants, through his alienated ... More

Internet traffic dipped as viewers took in the eclipse
NEW YORK, NY.- As the moon blocked the view of the sun across parts of Mexico, the United States and Canada on Monday, the celestial event managed another magnificent feat: It got people offline. According to Cloudflare, a cloud-computing service used by about 20% of websites globally, internet traffic dipped along the path of totality as spellbound viewers took a break from their phones and computers to catch a glimpse of the real-life spectacle. The places with the most dramatic views saw the biggest dips in traffic compared with the previous week. In Vermont, Arkansas, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio — states that were in the path of totality, meaning the moon completely blocked out the sun — internet traffic dropped by 40% to 60% around the time of the eclipse, Cloudflare said. States that had partial views also saw drops ... More

Why a savory English pastry is beloved in a California town
NEW YORK, NY.- In a charming former mining town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, you can taste pieces of California history dating back nearly 175 years. Their crusts are buttery and flaky, with steaming layers of meat and vegetables inside. These are pasties, crescent-shaped hand pies that originated as a lunch food for miners in Cornwall, England, and have become a mainstay in Grass Valley, 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. The pasty — pronounced “pass-tee,” rhyming with “nasty” — arrived in California with Cornish workers who began emigrating to the gold fields in the 1850s to toil in the rich mines near Grass Valley, like the Empire mine. By the end of the century, three-quarters of Grass Valley residents were of Cornish descent. Although that’s no longer the case (and the last of the mines closed decades ago), their Cornish traditions live on. Grass Valley, which is home to roughly 1 ... More

'In the Round: 20th Century' Cape Ann sculpture exhibition celebrates the sculptors of Cape Ann
(GLOUCESTER, MASS).- Drawing on its own collection and from private collections in the region, the Cape Ann Museum is presenting a special exhibition exploring the work of a selection of sculptors on Cape Ann. In the Round: 20th Century Cape Ann Sculpture opened on April 6 and remains on view through June 23. Augmented by programming, the exhibit explores several themes including the line of artists who followed in the footsteps of Charles Grafly, the work of sisters Anna Hyatt Huntington and Harriet Hyatt Mayor and other trailblazing women sculptors, and sculpture in the public realm. “Cape Ann is a special place where sculptors thrive in our community” says Oliver Barker, Director of the Cape Ann Museum. “The Cape Ann Museum is proud to showcase the accomplishments of 20th Century artists and their connections to Cape ... More

'Is she sure?' How the Breeders joined Olivia Rodrigo's Guts Tour.
NEW YORK, NY.- Olivia Rodrigo remembers her life in two parts: before she heard the Breeders’ “Cannonball” and after, she told the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, when her Guts World Tour arrived in New York. And that is how the ’90s alt-rock idols came to play the New York arena for the first time last week, 31 years after that song from their platinum 1993 album, “Last Splash,” charted on Billboard’s Hot 100. Rodrigo’s camp initially approached the Breeders in September about opening some dates on the tour supporting her second album, “Guts.” “My first reaction was: Wow, that seems kind of odd,” the band’s bassist, Josephine Wiggs, said in an interview. “But after I’d thought about it for a while, I thought, ‘That’s actually really genius.’” Kim Deal, the singer-guitarist who leads the band with her twin sister, Kelley, said she was surprised when they got the invite. “I’d heard ... More

You know Marlon James and Edwidge Danticat. Now meet Astrid Roemer.
NEW YORK, NY.- For many readers in the United States, the literature of the Caribbean is a familiar one: Take Marlon James, Edwidge Danticat and Junot DŪaz, for starters. The Dutch Caribbean still seems an unknown territory, though, and Two Lines Press decided to publish “On a Woman’s Madness,” a novel by Dutch-Surinamese author Astrid Roemer, without quite knowing how it would be received. When the book — a fever dream of personal liberation set in midcentury Suriname, a former Dutch colony on South America’s Caribbean coast — was shortlisted for the National Book Award for translated literature last year, it was a pleasant surprise for both the publisher and the author. The jury’s recognition of “this brash, lush, experimental book about a queer Black Surinamese woman” felt like a victory, said CJ Evans, Two Lines’ editor-in-chief, even ... More

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On a day like today, British painter Ben Nicholson was born
April 10, 1894. Benjamin Lauder Nicholson, OM (10 April 1894 - 6 February 1982) was an English painter of abstract compositions (sometimes in low relief), landscape and still-life. In this image: Ben Nicholson, 1936 (gouache) 38.1 x 50.2 cm. (15 x 19 3/4 in.). Photo: Bonhams.

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