Our articles this week demonstrate the role of art in the political, social and economic realms. At the Museum of Modern Art, a new donation of more than 100 artworks from the Cisneros collection will transform the New York institution into a leading hub for the study of Latin American art. Meanwhile, Impressionist & Modern art masterpieces from the collection Sergei Shchukin, once deemed “too decadent” by Joseph Stalin, will go on view together for the first time at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

102 Latin American Artworks
Go to MoMA

Over the past 16 years, Venezuelan collectors Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and her husband, Gustavo Cisneros, have donated 40 works of Latin American art to the Museum of Modern Art. Now, a major new gift and research institute are set to transform the New York museum.  (The New York Times)


British Museum Swaps Ancient
Statues for Andy Warhol

To compete with the increasing number of contemporary art galleries in London, The British Museum will host its first-ever exhibition of contemporary artworks. The American Dream: Pop to the Present, assembles more than 200 prints by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha and others, tracing the history of American art from the 1960s to modern day. (The Telegraph)


Alex Katz Creates New Artful Pieces for H&M

No stranger to successful partnerships, fashion giant H&M will collaborate with Alex Katz for a new collection of womenswear, menswear, accessories and home décor, in the contemporary artist’s famously hypersaturated hues.  (Vogue)


 

Leading Cultural Voices Protest
the Axing of A-level Art History

With the UK Exam Board no longer offering A-level art history classes, leading cultural figures are speaking out on the importance of arts education and the potential dangers of it being taken away. (The Guardian)


After Being Hidden by Stalin, the Shchukin
Art Collection Goes on Display

The upcoming exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton reunites over 130 paintings from the collection of Moscow textile magnate Sergei Shchukin, decades after the Impressionist and Modern artworks were hidden by Joseph Stalin. (Vanity Fair)

Mafia Allegedly Providing Guns to Terrorists in Exchange for Antiquities

Two mafia groups in Southern italy are being investigated for trading weapons to members of ISIL in exchange for Greek and Roman artefacts looted from Unesco World Heritage Sites. The report comes at  (Apollo Magazine)



 

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