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Previously Unknown Thomas Gainsborough Drawings Discovered in Library Book
Twenty-five black-and-white chalk sketches by Thomas Gainsborough have been discovered at Windsor Castle. The sketches were in a leather-bound album of drawings that were misattributed to Sir Edwin Landseer. The album was a gift to Queen Victoria in 1874. The sketches sat on a shelf in the Print Room of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle until a historian identified them as having been made by Gainsborough. Among the sketches is the preparatory study for his 1748 Cornard Wood, currently on view in the National Gallery.
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Hobby Lobby Fined for Smuggling Iraqi Antiquities
Art supply store Hobby Lobby has been fined $3 million and ordered to forfeit over 3,000 Iraqi antiquities, which the superstore smuggled into the United States with the intention of displaying them at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Among the smuggled items include approximately 450 ancient cuneiform tablets. US Customs and Border Protection seized the items in 2011 while en route from United Arab Emirates and Israel to Hobby Lobby’s Oklahoma City’s headquarters.
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Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s 2017 Artist as Activist Fellows Announced
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in New York has named the 2017 recipients of its Artist as Activist fellowship. The fellowship recognizes collectives and individuals whose work is politically engaged. This year’s recipients were selected from 275 applicants and will each receive up to $100,000 over a two-year period. Recipients include Eve Abrams, Chicago Torture Justice Memorial, Erika Cohn, Jesse Krimes, Jo Kreiter, Michelle Ortiz, Zoey Martinson, Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra, and Spirithouse.
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