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2017 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced for the UK’s best new building

The shortlist for the prestigious 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building has been announced today (Thursday 20 July). The six shortlisted buildings will now go head-to-head for architecture’s highest accolade, to be awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Tuesday 31 October 2017. Now in its 22nd year, the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize is sponsored by... | Read More

Artist Peter Smeeth awarded 2017 Packing Room Prize for his portrait of Lisa Wilkinson

For 35 years Art Gallery of New South Wales head packer, Steve Peters, with 51% of the vote, has maintained that the Packing Room Prize should be awarded to a portrait, “that’s good and looks just like the sitter.” In 2017, his final year judging the prize, Peters announced a portrait of journalist and television personality Lisa Wilkinson AM, by Central Coast artist Peter... | Read More

Hake’s Americana scores world-record prices in $1.1M July auction

Now in its 50th-anniversary year, Hake’s Americana cemented its reputation as “the home of million-dollar pop culture sales,” and then some, in achieving a $1.1 million total on July 11 and 13. In its second auction outing of 2017, Hake’s two-session online-only event blazed to new record highs in several categories, with political memorabilia and comic art putting in... | Read More

Nationalmuseum acquires two Italian scenes by Martinus Rørbye and Constantin Hansen

Nationalmuseum has acquired two Italian scenes by Danish golden age artists: Loggia on Procida by Martinus Rørbye (1835) and The Temple of Minerva at the Forum Nervae by Constantin Hansen (circa 1840). Each piece in its way represents some of the finest work produced by north European artists on their travels to the south. What is more, the two paintings are unusually effective in expressing the... | Read More

Getty announces acquisition of a group of 16 master drawings and a painting by Watteau

The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the most important acquisition in the history of the Museum’s Department of Drawings. Acquired as a group from a British private collection, the 16 drawings are by many of the greatest artists of western art history, including Michelangelo, Lorenzo di Credi, Andrea del Sarto, Parmigianino, Rubens, Barocci, Goya, Degas, and others. From the same... | Read More

Linkin Park singer Bennington dead in apparent suicide

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who overcame a troubled childhood to top the charts with an angry but melodic brand of metal, was found dead Thursday in an apparent suicide. He was 41. "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true," Linkin Park's guitarist and main songwriter Mike Shinoda wrote on Twitter. The Los Angeles County coroner's office said it received a call just after 9 am (1600 GMT)... | Read More

Neil Armstrong moon bag sells for $1.8mn in New York

A bag Neil Armstrong used to collect the first ever samples of the moon -- which was once nearly thrown out with the trash -- sold at auction Thursday for $1.8 million, Sotheby's said. The outer decontamination bag, which was flown to the moon on Apollo 11 and still carries traces of moon dust and small rock, was sold on the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. Auctioneer Joe... | Read More

Spanish police recover 3 stolen Francis Bacon paintings

Spanish police have recovered three of five paintings by British artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015, they said Thursday. "I can confirm that three paintings have been recovered," a police spokeswoman said. She said she could not give more details because of the ongoing investigation to find the remaining two artworks. The five paintings are estimated to be worth... | Read More

Claim that Israeli student stole from Auschwitz stirs controversy

Controversy has erupted after an Israeli art student reportedly claimed to have stolen items from the Auschwitz death camp for an exhibit, but her school said Thursday the claim was false. The school said the student, whose grandparents survived the Holocaust, had in fact taken items from outside the site in Poland, not the camp itself, which is now a memorial and museum. "We found out that she... | Read More

Spanish painter Salvador Dali exhumed to test if fortune teller is his daughter

Forensics experts exhumed Salvador Dali's remains from a tomb in his Spanish hometown on Thursday, nearly three decades after his death, in order to test a fortune teller's claims that she is the only daughter of the surrealist. Working behind closed doors, they removed a slab weighing more than a tonne which covers the tomb of the artist at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueras in northeastern... | Read More
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