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Linda Wolk-Simon to Head Morgan Library & Museum's Department of Drawings and Prints
New York's
Morgan Library & Museum announced on February 25, 2011 the appointment of Linda Wolk-Simon as its new Charles W. Englehard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints. Responsible for an ever-growing collection of some 25, 000 works on paper from the 14th Century to the present, she assumes her new positions in May 2011. Read more












British Museum Conserves and Displays Looted Afghan Ivory Inlays
An anonymous benefactor recently identified and purchased abroad 20 ivory inlay fragments (1st Century A.D.) stolen during the Taliban's senseless looting and destruction of the National Museum of Afghanistan between 1992 and 1994. Scientifically examined and treated by specialists at the
British Museum as part of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Programme, they are now on view in the institution's special exhibition Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World (March 3-July 3, 2011). Read more. 








Brooklyn Museum Unveils First Phase of Great Hall Renovation
Brooklyn Museum, in the throes of its historic Great Hall's extensive renovation, unveiled today the first phase of changes made to its ground floor. The updated space's thoroughly modern redesign, which includes the creation of a new South Gallery, was conceived by award-winning studio Ennead Architects (formerly known as Polshek Partnership). Read more.





British Museum Acquires Precious Nimrud Ivories
British Museum announced this morning its recent acquisition of the Nimrud Ivories (9th-7th Century B.C.), an extensive collection of finely carved decorative elements from ancient Assyrian furniture, containers, chariots and horse trappings. Read more











Review | Henry, Roger. Synchronized Chronology: Rethinking Middle Eastern Antiquity – A Simple Correction to Egyptian Chronology Resolves the Major Problems in Biblical and Greek Archaeology. New York: Algora Publishing, 2003.
In Synchronized Chronology: Rethinking Middle Eastern Antiquity – A Simple Correction to Egyptian Chronology Resolves the Major Problems in Biblical and Greek Archaeology, Roger Henry attempts to resolve what he perceives to be structural problems (e.g., two duplicate dynasties) within the conventional chronology of ancient Egypt's kings. Read more.







Rugs and Ritual in Tibetan Buddhism
Wikipedia defines "Shock Art" as "contemporary art that incorporates disturbing imagery, sound or scents to create a shocking experience." But artists — and Buddhists — have been using the power of shock to alter, raise and open conscious awareness for many centuries. Buddhist parable often contains simple non-sequiturs meant to jolt it. Read more










Review | Marsh, Joanna, et al. Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow (exh. cat.). Washington, D.C. and London: Smithsonian American Art Museum and D Giles Limited, 2010.

Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates a modern-day painter's outstanding accomplishments with its publication of Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow. The beautifully illustrated 176-page catalogue accompanies the talented artist's first United States retrospective (November 19, 2010 to May 8, 2011). Read more










Review | Bewer, Francesca A. A Laboratory for Art: Harvard's Fogg Museum and the Emergence of Conservation in America, 1900-1950. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Art Museums, 2010.
During the 19th Century, many public and private art collections in the United States displayed remarkable reproductions of classical Greek and Roman sculptures, Old Master paintings and prints. It was only in the next 50 years that authentic works became increasingly available for acquisition by interested parties at a fraction of today’s prices. Read more.





$10 Million Gift Launches Costume Institute Renovation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York's
Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that Lizzie and Jonathan M. Tisch donated $10 million for the creation of a major 4,200-square-foot exhibition space within the ground-level Costume Institute. Read more



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