LOVE Returned—Sculptor Robert Indiana’s 830-pound iconic aluminum sculpture, LOVE, is now back home at the John F. Kennedy Plaza/LOVE Park in Philadelphia. In February ‘17 it was removed for refurbishing and restored to its original red and purple color scheme instead of the red and light blue colors it had for the last three decades.
NEA News—The new NEA Guide to the National Endowment for the Arts is now available. It provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for various grants—for organizations, literature fellowships, lifetime honors and partnerships. Note: The Challenge America application, which offers support primarily to small and mid-size organizations, has a Part 1 deadline of April 12. See arts.gov.
Hotline Available—The New York Foundation for the Arts, nyfa.org, provides free resources for artists. #ArtistHotline is available to help define and achieve your career goals. The monthly Artist Professional Development Day takes place the third Wednesday of each month on Twitter from 11 a.m.—4 p.m. EST. To participate you’ll need a Twitter handle and to include the above hashtag with each of your Tweets.
Tours Available—Monthly “Mind’s Eye” tours and workshops for visitors who are blind or have low vision are conducted at the Guggenheim Museum, NYC, by arts and education professionals. For those who wish to visit on their own, the free app includes verbal imaging tours and VoiceOver. Upcoming dates: March 14, April 9, and May 9. guggenheim.org/mindseye. And a similar monthly program at MoMA is “Art in Sight”; space is limited and preregistration is required. moma.org
Auction News—Sotheby’s Masters Week sales series totaled $82.5 million in NY. The Evening Sale of Master Paintings set 11 new artist records, including for Nicolas Lancret and Hans Holbein the Elder. Americana Week: We the People achieved $13.9 million, with a printing of The Declaration of Independence bringing $1.2 million. At Christies, Americana Week sales totaled $8.26 million. Swann’s Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks auction brought $1.6M, led by Photographic Views of the Red River Raft, 1873, at $93,750.
Milestone Reached—Renowned Delaware sculptor Andre Harvey died recently in Wilmington at the age of 76. In a career spanning over four decades, Harvey produced an extensive volume of small- and large-scale realistic bronze sculptures, which were purchased by numerous public and private collections and featured in national and international exhibitions.
History Made—The Met announced that Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer attracted 702,516 visitors during its three-month run, placing it among the Museum’s most visited exhibitions of all time. Additionally, it was also the most visited drawings exhibition ever organized by the Met.
Celebration Planned—In conjunction with the Armory Show, the Global Fine Art Awards Ceremony will be held on March 8 in NYC to honor the best curated exhibitions around the world and announce the 2017 Award Winners. Among the Nominees: Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall, David Hockney, Jaume Plensa, Andy Goldsworthy, Tomas Saraceno, Shirin Neshat, Dia al-Azzawi, Slater B. Bradley, Li Chen, William Eggleston and Ai Weiwei