Art & Licensing News

  • Curious Zelda strikes book deal, will it be next cute pet hit for licensing?
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on August 16, 2018 at 9:29 am

    It’s been a while since the world went mad for another cute pet with a frighteningly large Twitter following, so it seems perfect timing for the launch of Curious Zelda. Sphere is publishing the first book of the London rescue cat - called Curious Zelda - whose startled look has attracted a ... […]

  • DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free toys land in the UK
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on August 16, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Universal Brand Development is readying for the UK launch of a new line of toys inspired by its animated series, DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free. Just Play and Playmobil will lead the series’ licensing programme that will feature collectables, dolls and horses, play-sets, plush and deluxe sets. The ... […]

  • Where ‘Block Party’ Has a Score of Meanings
    Posted by ANTWAUN SARGENT on August 16, 2018 at 9:00 am

    In Brooklyn, young artists reconsider a summer ritual, that is part celebration, part town-hall meeting. […]

  • Japan's Moomin Valley Park opening date confirmed
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on August 16, 2018 at 8:52 am

    The grand opening date of a brand new Moomin Valley Park visitor attraction in Japan has finally been confirmed. The new theme park will take up residence in Hanno, Saitama in Japan and will officially open its doors to visitors on March 16th 2019. The Moomin Valley Park will aim to bring the charm ... […]

  • Artist Martin Puryear Chosen for U.S. Pavilion at Venice Biennale
    Posted by ROBIN POGREBIN on August 15, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    The selection marks the second time in a row that an African-American artist will represent the United States. […]

  • What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
    Posted by MARTHA SCHWENDENER, WILL HEINRICH and JILLIAN STEINHAUER on August 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Paintings by Bruce Kurland and new photographs by his daughter Justine Kurland; Jonas Mekas’s experimental work; and Kiki Smith’s art at the Museum at Eldridge Street. […]

  • Peter Paul Rubens Work to Return to Antwerp for Research and Exhibition
    Posted by Sam on August 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Peter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of the Innocents will travel to the Rubenshuis museum in Antwerp this fall from the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Newspaper reports.  The painting, last sold in 2002 for £49.5 million, will be a part of research projects during its loan. “We can imagine with disbelief that he painted as much as he did within […]

  • Münster Draws Closer to Purchasing Nicole Eisenman Sculpture
    Posted by Sam on August 15, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Nicole Eisenman and Anton Kern, have agreed to significantly reduce the price for the fountain sculpture requested by the City of Münster, putting the city’s fundraising efforts much closer to completion. “We wanted the bulk of the funding to come from Münster citizens,” says dealer Maria Galen, who has led the push for the sculpture. “But we […]

  • Artist Withdraws Work from Anton Kern Show Following Criticism
    Posted by Sam on August 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Artist Jamie Isenstein has withdrawn her work from a summer group exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery following criticism of what some deem inadequate critique of racist subject matter.  The show, which aimed to address Peter Sellers’s film The Party (in which the lead actor wears brown face), drew criticism from artists Ajay Kurian and Vijay Masharani for failing to fully address the […]

  • Martin Puryear Confirmed as US Rep for 2019 Venice Biennale
    Posted by Sam on August 15, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Martin Puryear has been confirmed as the representative for the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Madison Square Park Conservancy announced today. “Martin Puryear confronts contemporary issues as a maker of objects in the studio,” says exhibition curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport, the deputy director and senior […]

  • Tate Liverpool Profiled in BBC
    Posted by Sam on August 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    The BBC profiles Tate Liverpool this week, and the impact that the institution has had on the city. “Coming from the Left, my idea of economic regeneration was to do with factories and shipyards – the idea that art could be an economic driver didn’t figure for me. But, looking back, that was out of date,” says comedian […]

  • Kassel Prosecutor Drops Investigation of Documenta
    Posted by Sam on August 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The Kassel state prosecutor’s office has dropped an investigation into misuse of funds by the management of the 2017 edition of Documenta, Art Newspaper reports. “The mere fact that some projects don’t comply with the tastes of some observers or—in their view—are not suited to the goal of promoting the event, doesn’t meet the conditions for […]

  • The Miss Universe Organisation leaps into licensing with Endemol Shine North America
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on August 15, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Endemol Shine North America and The Miss Universe Organisation have partnered to work on commercial initiatives in the United States. The joint announcement was made today by Endemol Shine North America senior vice president of brand and licensing partnerships, Tamaya Petteway and The Miss Universe ... […]

  • Pussy Riot Member Smuggles Self Across Russian Border
    Posted by Sam on August 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Maria Alyokhina, one of three founding members of Pussy Riot, has snuck across the border to reach the UK, following her prevention of leaving Russia by border guards. “Pussy Riot founder Maria refused to be captive and silenced,” the group said in a statement. “She was absolutely determined to perform the show and will be there in […]

  • Sci-Fi franchise Dune is coming to the tabletop gaming arena ahead of new film
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on August 15, 2018 at 10:32 am

    The expansive Dune sci-fi franchise is coming to the tabletop space, thanks to a new partnership between Gale Force Nine, Legendary Entertainment and Herbert Properties. As master licensee, GF9 will produce original tabletop games drawing from the extensive Dune franchise, including printed work by ... […]