There is no place more fascinating than the art world, but merely keeping up with news about artists and museums, collectors and art fairs, trends and breakthroughs can be challenging even for the most voracious reader. With ‘The Canvas,’ our goal is to bring you a concise selection of the stories from around the web we think you shouldn’t miss: important news, exciting happenings and new initiatives, and some unexpected gems. Enjoy!

Hiding the Louvre’s Pyramid
in Plain Sight

The Louvre is now home to a new work of contemporary art: a 70-foot-tall trompe l’oeil by French street artist JR. Colossal black and white photographs of the Louvre’s 16th-century buildings mask I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid – on view through 27 June. (Wall Street Journal)

Immersive, 3D Painting Now at Your Fingertips

With a virtual reality (VR) lens and console in hand, artists can now paint in three dimensions on a fully immersive virtual canvas. The app, Google’s newly launched ‘Tilt Brush,' allows artists to create works viewable from every angle in a palette that extends to denim, leather and even snow and stars. (CNN)

Roman Artifacts that Look Like They Were “Cast Yesterday”

Thousands of coins and Roman artefacts have been discovered in the ancient harbour of Caesarea, on Israel's Mediterranean coast, in an "amazing state of preservation." The ship carrying the goods was caught in a storm outside the harbour and sank, where it remained undiscovered for nearly 2,000 years. (VICE)

Inside Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Eccentric Studio

In the early 1920s, heiress and artist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney assembled a compound of studios and salons along a single street in New York’s Greenwich Village. The interlocked buildings became the birthplace of The Whitney Museum of American Art and, for a brief time, visitors will be admitted to tour the “mystically hallucinogenic” space. (The New York Times)

Renaissance Painting Restructured from Fragments

Virtually destroyed in the 1700s by acid and multiple paint overs, The Adoration of the Shepherds by Italian artist Sebastiano del Piombo has been completely restored by replicating pigments identical to those used by the artist, some of which were not visible to the naked eye. (BBC)

Discover the Architect Rebuilding a Country

The surprise winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize is Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect at the forefront of emergency shelter and incremental housing. Charismatic and never without a sketchbook in hand, Aravena approaches his work with equal parts design and diplomacy – community-building as collaboration. (T Magazine

Other Stories We Love

• The first review of the Tate Modern’s Herzog & de Meuron extension – a “tour de force” (The Art Newspaper)

• David Zwirner to represent Josef Albers’ estate (The New York Times)

• Why New Yorkers always wear black (New York Magazine)

• Iran’s legendary Shah collection will travel to Berlin (Artnet)