Update: Since the time of publishing, reports that ISIS has set off explosions in Palmyra’s Temple of Baalshamin— one of the better-preserved pieces of architecture in the Roman-era Unesco World Heritage site—have been confirmed by Syrian officials. The exact timeline of its destruction is in dispute, with some saying it took place as recently as Sunday.
Forbes published an exposé on the Academy of Art University (AAU), which, under the leadership of Elisa Stephens, has transformed from a regional institution into one of the nation’s largest private art universities. As Katia Savchuk reports, the university lures “starry-eyed art students into taking on massive amounts of debt based on the ‘revolutionary principle’ (Stephens’ phrase) that anyone can make a career as a professional artist. No observable talent is required to gain admission to AAU. The school will accept anyone who has a high school diploma and is willing to pay the $22,000 annual tuition (excluding room and board), no art portfolio required.” (via Forbes)
Vice chairman of the Whitney Museum’s board of trustees, 82-year-old Melva Bucksbaum died this week. The extensive collector and trustee at numerous other institutions created the prestigious Bucksbaum Award, the $100,000 prize presented to an artist showing in the Whitney Biennial. (via ARTnews)
in 2013—evidence leads to Larry Estrella, Dean Coroniti, and Oscar Roberts, who have been convicted of selling the works at pawn shops, from which four of the six paintings have been recovered. (via ARTnews)