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Crystal Bridges Museum to Announce Major Purchases

June 4, 2015  •  The New York Times

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will soon announce major purchases that fill gaps in its collection and fulfill its mission to include more women in the canon of American art: Jasper Johns's renowned "Flag" painting from 1983, which the museum bought at Sotheby's in November for $36 million (outlasting three other ardent bidders), and four works by Louise Bourgeois, including her monumental bronze, steel and marble spider sculpture "Maman." The Bourgeois purchases, concluded in December 2014, together are worth an estimated $35 million to $40 million.

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An Enveloping Battle Between Kings
Masterpiece: The Lion Hunt Reliefs

May 9, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

A roaring lion, reared up on his hind legs, an arrow through his brow, faces his opponent: a king who holds him at arm's length with one bare hand and plunges a short sword through his stomach with the other. This king, muscles visible in his forearm, embodies might, the victor even in a one-on-one battle with a ferocious king of beasts.

On its own, this powerful scene would stop many museum-goers in their tracks. Yet it is just one image in a roomful of them, artfully carved into alabaster panels that are collectively known as the lion hunt reliefs. Housed since 1856 at the British Museum, they date to seventh-century B.C. Assyria and rank among the finest relics of ancient civilization.

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Met Founds Research Institute Centered on Lauder's Cubist Gift

March 19, 2015  •  The New York Times

When the cosmetics magnate Leonard A. Lauder was trying to decide which museum should inherit his $1 billion collection of Cubist art, he asked those he was considering how they would keep the collection alive as a focus of intellectual inquiry and public interest. "We wanted to avoid the usual 'donation, installation, catalog and then what?' " said Emily Braun, Mr. Lauder's longtime curator.

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Spring Museum Exhibitions, From Masks to Renoirs

March 19, 2015  •  The New York Times

Here's a sampling of promising exhibitions around the country this spring.

Northeast

BOSTON "Arlene Shechet: All at Once." The first museum survey of art by this sculptor, who specializes in using clay, includes more than 150 of her often colorful, glazed, polymorphic works. June 10 through Sept. 7. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue; 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.

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Otis Kaye: His Subject Was Money

March 12, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

New Britain, Conn.

Otis Kaye—you've probably never heard of him. Even many art historians do not recognize his name. But "Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery," a small exhibition here at the New Britain Museum of American Art, shows this eccentric artist, who sold only a few pictures in his lifetime (1885-1974), to be well worth knowing.

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