News Recap: June 8, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

  Vincent Van Gogh,   Sunflowers   (1889), via Wikimedia Commons

Vincent Van Gogh, Sunflowers (1889), via Wikimedia Commons

Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” Might Change Color
Researchers have determined that one of the yellow paints used in Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1889) is sensitive to light, which will cause the pigment to change color over time. The University of Antwerp in Belgium and Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands examined the painting at the Van Gogh Museum in 2016 through Macroscopic X-ray Powder Diffraction, a new process that allows testing without touching the painting. It was determined that one of the two chrome yellow pigments used in Sunflowers is microscopically turning from yellow to an olive green. It is not yet visible to the naked eye, but traces were found “in the pale yellow background and the bright yellow petals, but also in the green stems and flower hearts, thus indicating their higher risk for past or future darkening,” according to a report.
Read the full story (The New York Times)

Dia Art Foundation Announces Plans to Revitalize and Expand
As the result of an impending $72 million fundraising campaign, the Dia Art Foundation will be revitalizing and expanding its New York spaces. The two Dia spaces in Chelsea will merge into one, offering over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space and a reintroduction of the Dia Bookstore to the Chelsea neighborhood. A previous Dia space in SoHo will also reopen and the basement galleries of Dia: Beacon will be built out, adding 11,000 square feet to the museum’s already massive 300,000 square feet facility. Jessica Morgan, Director of the Dia Art Foundation, said of the multi-year project, “It’s not about square footage, because we have 300,000 square feet up in Beacon—it’s about what spaces can do.”
Read the full story (ArtNews)

TIME’s Cover Made by Drones
For the first time in TIME Magazine’s history, the cover was made by drones. In a special issue addressing the recent popularity of drones, TIME partnered with Intel’s Drone Light Show and Astraeus Aerial Cinema Systems to recreate its iconic cover. Over 900 drones were flown at once to achieve the look. It was one of the largest drone shows ever performed in the United States, measuring at 328 feet tall. A separate drone captured the event, and a still from the video was used for the cover image.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Donates Over Half of Remaining Collection
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has officially begun to wind down its operations by donating over 400 works of art from its remaining holdings to the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Foundation also donated over 500,000 documents to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Lichtenstein passed in 1997 and is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lichtenstein, the President of the Foundation. She said, “I like the idea handing it off, and seeing what the future brings.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)