Bristol Artist Mounts Undesignated BLM Statue

Marc Quinn from Bristol in the North of England made headlines on July 15th. This African descendant took his formidable artistic skillsets & mounted a Black lives Matter statue without the permission of local authorities. It was installed by Marc Quinn throughout the dead of night, taking photographs with his sculpture earlier into the morning hours. Following the lack of legal permission to position this sculpture in Bristol’s downtown sector, law enforcement removed the statue & relocated it to the local museum.

The morning of July 15th was a brisk Wednesday in Bristol, which didn’t deter Marc Quinn from erecting his sculpture of Jenn Reid. This woman is known for being an iconic activist in the Black Lives Matter campaign; her statue stood in-place of Edward Colston. This man was a slave trader from Colonial Britain & African descendants in Bristol couldn’t help emphasizing that horrific history shouldn’t be celebrated.

Marc Quinn didn’t inform the Bristol Council that he’d be erecting a statue on the plinth that held Edward Colston. Council members didn’t want to remove the statue but had to stand without the purviews of British law. However, Bristol Council tweeted that Marc Quinn could pick-up the sculpture from their museum, or they’d happily accept it to their collection.

An Auction

Marc Quinn requested that Bristol Museum hold a digital auction for his sculpture of Jenn Reid, indicating that funds garnered would be donated to two charities that support African history in Great Britain’s School Curriculum. If auctioned funds cannot be earned, Quinn remarked that he’d happily give it to the Bristol Museum. This shows that Marc was using the sculpture more to emphasize the importance of BLM Activists, not anger or disturb the Bristol Council. It appears the two parties are now working together to earn charitable donations through his Jenn Reid’s Sculpture.

Both Parties Address Bristol

An official statement from the Council was released to their minor population. They remarked their sympathies with having to remove the sculpture and emphasized that all civilians in Bristol should maintain a position on what happens with the plinth which held Edward Colston. Marc Quinn would also release a formal statement to the people of Bristol, indicating that he hadn’t received permission & is happy to know that his actions didn’t garner anger from the Council.

Banksy Returns in London’s Underground

Rarely does an artist obtain viral posts on social media, which isn’t the case for Banksy, an unidentified street painter that’s created notable works witnessed by millions worldwide. Located in the United Kingdom, Banksy will find unexpected locations to stuff & dazzle passersby. Nobody has ever uncovered the identity of Banksy, often supporting the concept of his secret character. Banksy’s paintings frequently relate to political statements that’ve angered members of parliament.

After not being seen since drawing painting for the National Health Service in Southampton General Hospital, the unidentified artist would’ve been remaining indoors under lockdown protocols to guarantee personal safety. British, American, Australian, Canadian, and First-World Nations not wearing face masks during the COVID-19 Pandemic prompted the return of Banksy. This became evident with his recently released video on Instagram, which captions “If You Don’t Mask Up, You Don’t Get It”. Since being uploaded to his profile, there have been 1+ million views, with this post becoming more popular than the majority. It’s because for the first-time supporters of Banksy have witnessed his physical frame, noting that this unidentified artist is male.

Video Shows Banksy in London’s Underground

Banksy walks through London’s Underground onto an arriving train, covered in medical gear to assist from COVID-19. This included a White-Pandemic Infection Suit, Gasmask, and Blue Surgical Gloves. While walking onto the train, a spray can & canvas are displayed by Banksy. He quickly begins working throughout the underworld train car, depicting rats from the ceiling. These rodents carry face masks for parachutes & dispense hand sanitizer from bright-blue skies down onto a darkened humanity. His image is meant to define how humanity has become higher carriers of disease & urban waste than the rodent.

The social media posting ends with Banksy walking from the underground train car & back onto the roads of Great Britain. The sounds of “I Get Knocked Down from Chumbawumba” is playing in the background. Banksy is highlighting here that that masking-up against the intolerant will always return to fight another day, inevitably acquiring victory. The final image become the post cuts out are the words “I Get Locked Down, I Get Up Again”. It’s suspected that Great Britain’s Underground will permit this painting to resume in the unidentified train car for months to come.

Michigan Home Raided for Selling Fake Art

The Federal Bureau of Investigations confirmed that they’d raided the home of Donald Henkel in Michigan. This follows after the known artist became creating a “Forgery Ring”. Donald masterfully sold fake paintings & sports memorabilia to American civilians. The FBI detailed evidence against Donald Henkel, who sold forged copied of paintings from three noteworthy artists. The forged artists include George Copeland Ault, Ralston Crawford, and Gertrude Abercrombie. All three are infamous for designing geometric compositions that display simple shapes & objective outlines. 

Forged artwork isn’t the exclusive crime committed by Donald Henkel. The 60-Year-Old Thief also counterfeited sports memorabilia from notable legends in Major League Baseball. Counterfeited items include signed baseballs, gloves, bats, hats, and jerseys. Players represented on illegal memorabilia included Willie Mays & Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig and Alex Rodriguez.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations identified that Donald Henkel operated this forgery ring between March 2016 – April 2020. Law enforcement became aware of the criminal proceedings of Henkel through online forums. Progression in their case against Henkel wouldn’t move forward until the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s because Donald was forced to resume all criminal proceedings through digital databases. FBI Personnel swept through these databases, obtaining necessary information that garnered a search warrant from a Michigan Judge.

Arriving on-scene, FBI Agents noted an immediate influx of forged products within the confines of Donald Henkel’s home. This included forged copies of historical Mickey Mouse Drawings. Evidence shows that Henkel was mastering the signature of Walt Disney, and members of the Beatles. Agents remarked that it’s rare to see a forger go to extensive lengths to master their art, indicating that Henkel is proficient with this level of crime. FBI Agents will interrogate Donald Henkel on his former lifestyle before March 2016, possibly revealing other forgery scams.

The Community Reacts

The Managing Director of Herschel Adler Museum spoke on the forging of their artwork. Elizabeth Field emphasized that regardless of these forged paintings being fake or note, they display true beauty for whoever holds them. Elizabeth did note that mastering forged artwork on this level is the nightmare forever dealer, defeating their stronghold of maintaining exclusive painting’s that most cannot obtain.

President Trump Angers Art Community

Thousands of Americans are shocked & angered by the recent announcement made by President Donald Trump. The National Garden of American Heroes was commissioned by America’s leader, with the President remarking this monument will tell the incredible story of the United States. Task Forces governing over the construction of this garden has been provided sixty days to locate a property & modern design blueprints.

The National Garden of American Heroes will replace dozens of statues that have been vandalized & removed from cities across the United States. Vandalism of these statues began after the George Floyd Incident, with many disputing the actions of protestors & activists. They’re destroying the history of America, whether it’s positive or negative. President Trump is demanding that all statues be manufactured realistically & accurately display the individual it’s representing.

Nationwide protests for the Black Lives Matter Movement prompted Americans to destroy monuments of slave owners during the Civil War. These actions weren’t warranted by Donald Trump, with the US President claiming the Confederate Flag stands with America’s heritage. That Donald isn’t incorrect with his sentiments; the culture associated with the Confederate Flag is sadistic & horrifying. After receiving notable criticism towards his issued views during the 2020 Campaign Rally, President Trump commissioned the “National Garden of American Heroes”.

The Arriving Statues

Condemning Anti-Racism protestors during July 4th at Mount Rushmore, it was clarified that all statues vandalized & removed throughout America from the Confederate Era will be recreated at “The National Garden of Heroes”. Hoping to avoid backlash, Trump clarified that Martin Luther King Junior & Harriet Tubman would also appear in this garden. It’s this very action that prompted a significant backlash against Donald Trump’s commission. Placing two iconic figures that stood for African American Anti-Racist Movements with leaders during the slave era is extensively disrespectful. Trump has avoided all questions that ask if this decision was based on racism.

Additional “Historical Figures” that will appear in the National Garden of Heroes include Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Douglas MacArthur, Billy Graham, George Patton, Davy Crocket, Junipero Serra, Christopher Columbus, and Marquis de Lafayette. All these individuals have disrupted African American lifestyles in their lifetimes.

Louvre Museum Reopening on July 6th

The Musée du Louvre in Paris has announced it will reopen on the 6th of July. The largest art museum in the world, it will be the first time in almost four months that visitors will be allowed to view the priceless art and artefacts that are on exhibit within the museum.

However, those who have visited before will find the experience to be much different than in the past. For starters, all victors who enter the 227-year-old institution will need to call in advance to schedule a time slot. They also will be required to wear masks if over the age of elven. Guests arriving at the Musée du Louvre will be met with signs that direct pedestrian traffic in one direction and those hoping to make use of its cloakroom will find it closed. Therefore, as a result, the Musée du Louvre will not be allowing in any large bags, suitcases, or knapsacks.

Additional Restrictions in Effect

In addition to the restrictions relating to travel within the Musée du Louvre and the mandatory mask requirement, only roughly 70 percent of the museum will be open for public access. However, to the benefit of those who book an appointment, they will be able to view many of the museums’ prized venues including its Roman and Greek Roman antiquities galleries, its English, Spanish and Italian paintings halls and those areas that are dedicated to 19th-century French painting. In addition, visitors will be able to see the top attractions such as the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory of Samothrace.

In some respects, the new rules in place will benefit those hoping to catch a glance of the Mona Lisa, a painting that is often difficult to appreciate due to the large number of guests that pose to take selfies in front of the painting. The new rules will require that those wishing to view the masterpiece form in ques that respect social distancing and only allow two victors at a time will be permitted to view the Mona Lisa for 10-15 minute increments.

The Musée du Louvre welcomes the reopening, especially the chance to begin once again generating revenue. It is estimated that the museum has lost $45 million since March when it was forced to shut down amid the pandemic. Ticket sales are a substantial part of the museums’ estimated yearly revenue of $100 million, the remainder being part advertising, part sales from souvenirs.

Nazi Submarine Factory Becomes Digital Art Venue

The Third Reich was destroyed by the Allied Forces 75 years ago, with their acts forever being remembered in history. People still use fallen vehicles, submarines, and ships that were used by the Nazis for a variety of reasons that would’ve angered Adolf Hitler. The latest comes in the form of the U-Boat Nazi Submarine Factory, with forty-one thousand square metres being used to showcase a digital art centre. It’s now considered the most prominent digital art centre worldwide & is located at the Bordeaux Docks in France.

German Nazis occupied France throughout 1941 & 1943; it’d be this occupation that saw North America enter World War II. Their assistance alongside the British Armed Forces allowed to Nazis to ultimately be deterred from Frances borders, allowing freedom to resume after a horrendous period of history. While occupying French Territory, the Nazis built a submarine factory that consumed 40+ thousand square metres of space. Its unique environment combines dark areas & ominous flowing water throughout this digital art venue.

This art venue is located inside “The Bassins” of this factory, which is where U-Boats would be launched after production. It’s 110-Metres and has significantly sized pools that would hold sixteen Nazi Submarines—implementing this space to showcase “The Kiss by Adele Bloch-Bauer”, which is a famous painting that’s been transferred into the digital era. Once stolen by the Third Reich in the 1940s, this painting can now be viewed in a manner never-before-seen. All while eighty hidden speaks play classical music from Beethoven, Mahler, and Wagner.

Coronavirus Restrictions

The COVID-19 Pandemic forced this art venue to be delayed by two months. Initially slated to arrive in late May, it wouldn’t first be seen by public attendees until June 12th. Those that wanted to witness this incredible digital art venue were informed that multiple social distancing measures are being enforced. Wearing protective face equipment was required, including temperature checks upon the attendee’s arrival.

Potential attendees were also informed that bookings must be made pre-emptively, lasting a maximum of half-an-hour. These measures haven’t stopped hundreds in France from making their bookings. Lockdown restrictions in France have forced many to remain indoors for prolonged periods. This’ll be the first event where they can escape, with The Kiss by Adele Bloch-Bauer Digital Art Venue being a perfect choice.

Spanish Archaeologist Arrested for Falsifying Findings

Roman artefacts have now been documented as falsified, prompting the arrest & imprisonment of the Spanish Archaeologist that deface priceless artworks from the Roman Era. This defacing was accomplished in hopes of becoming famous in the Archaeologist field. Several artefacts were destroyed by Eliseo Gil, with this man obtaining 2+ years in prison for falsifying hundreds of records. Charges also included the defacing of Roman artefacts.

Evidence from Archaeologist experts noted that details in Eliseo Gil’s findings weren’t possible, including the Basque Language being written 600 years before its creation. Gil hasn’t appeared remorseful for committing these crimes, which are now considered the most substantial manipulations in Roman Archaeology.

Law enforcement contested in court that this man should see the maximum prison time available. However, evidence was circumstantial & didn’t prove that Eliseo himself had conducted these acts. The defence claimed that other members in the community had tampered with these Roman artefacts before Eliseo Gil located them. It’s what prompted the two years & three months prison sentence.

The History

Eliseo Gil made international headlines in 2006 when unveiling his excavation findings. Located in Velia, the artefacts found would rewrite history books in the region for a short period. Experts noted by 2008 that multiple discrepancies were found with these artefacts. That included modern glue being found in lab samples, and then “RIP” was located on Christian artefacts. Considering that Christian faith doesn’t believe in using this acronym on their tombstones, experts knew this to be falsified.

The crucifixion design & RIP letterings were drawn onto a broken Roman vase, which would be tested through lab samples. Modern glue designed from China was traced & then the manufacturer located. Their manufacturing recipe was identical to the adhesive used by Eliseo Gil. It’s this evidence that prompted a decade-long investigation into this Archaeologist, with him continuously protesting any involvement with this matter.

It’s suspected that his license to headline Archaeologist Dig Sites won’t be permitted moving forward. It should be mentioned multiple other men involved with assisting Eliseo Gil in his criminal actions were arrested as well. These individuals knowingly were aware of what the Archaeologist had done.

Vancouver Art Gallery Lists Protocols for Reopening

June 15th will mark when the Vancouver Art Gallery reopens for public gatherings. Visitors familiar with this institution will notice changes in their operations, which have been prompted with the COVID-19 pandemic. These health & safety measures were released on June 5th, indicating that those wanting to visit will have to abide by provincial health guidelines. Refusal will prompt that individual immediately being removed from the premise, with local health authorities being informed of this civilian’s incompliance. Multiple reports could prompt that individual entering “Incompliance Status”, resulting in fines being issued

The Vancouver Art Gallery maintains four galleries, all on separate floors. This is allowing VAG to support a guest capacity of 225 under provincial health guidelines. Floor markets will be implemented, with signage also listed. Visitors will be informed upon entering the institution to abide by the markers & signs, enabling certain social distancing.

Managing the 225-capacity limitation is being maintained through online bookings. Visiting the Vancouver Art Gallery without a “Timed Entry VAG Ticket” will see those individuals turned away. Booking these tickets is possible for one-hour intervals, with each consumer allowed to visit once per day. The online system supporting VAG Tickets is going live on June 9th for Private Members of this institution, with the general public allowed to purchase Timed Entry Tickets by June 11th.

Measures are being enforced once civilians enter the Vancouver Art Gallery. All ticketholders must commit to a two-metre distancing protocol, with this institution demanding that masks be worn. Those visiting this facility without protective face equipment will be forced to purchase a cover from the gallery. Refusal to buy a mask will prompt that individual being removed from the premise. There’ll be additional measures enlisted before June 15th, with those being available through the Digital Gallery Visitor Guide by the 11th.

It should be mentioned that Plexiglass Barriers have been installed, protecting the Vancouver Art Gallery workforce from possible contracts of COVID-19. All visitors will also be told to hand regularly sanitize, ensuring that a stringent cleaning process is enacted. Those feeling unwell are recommended not to attend this facility & return their ticket.

National Arts Drive Announced by RAW Artists

The development of art in rural communities throughout North America can reunite the people. Multiple institutions are engaging with new formats to showcase art based on recent events in 2020. RAW Artists is the most influential institution creating a showcase venue, which will be formatted in a manner never-before-seen. Artistic individuals working with RAW in the United States, Mexico, and Canada will display their pieces of art from their homes. The venue is being called the RAW National Arts Drive, where it’ll be held across these three nations on June 6th. Artwork will be seen from Front Lawns, Driveways, Balconies, and Rented Commercial Space. Local musicians will also be playing their latest songs to those passing by. This is the perfect way to display art with social distancing in mind.

The artistic stylings seen throughout Canada will resemble true isolation, with the overwhelming majority remaining indoors under the enforced social distancing measures. American artwork relating to COVID-19 will mimic the desire for freedom, breaking from the enacted legislation and avoiding policies like their president. Mexicans participating in the National Arts Drive are suspected to relate towards the protection of families, essence of religion, and unfavourable health care conditions.

The Executive Director of RAW Artists clarified that resources are available for supporting artists. It’ll provide them with the necessary tools to create paintings, which will include canvases and utensils. Those traversing through the neighbourhoods where the National Arts Drive are located will notice that these paintings are available for purchase. All pictures sold will have their funds donated towards COVID-19 Relief Aids.

Successor Failure?

It’s unknown if the National Arts Drive will be successful. These artists are dependent on letting their communities know about the upcoming festival of art. A significant factor that’ll boost their popularity in rural communities across North America is the NAD Application. Visitors can learn detailed information regarding the paintings they visit, provide comments similar to social media, and even follow those individuals on Instagram. This method of contact is unlike anything else that’s ever been seen in the art community. It could revolutionize how GenX Artists approach their supporters.

Famous Egyptian Artist Passes Away

Supporters behind the international art community were saddened to learn that an iconic artist from Egypt had died. Adam Henein was famous for creating some of the most influential paintings & sculptures in Modern Egyptian, with his designs resembling the outstanding designs associated with pharaohs. Confirmation of his death was made by the Henein Foundation’s director, who informed media personnel that Adam died at 91 from age-related complications.

Adam Henein stands as the most influential artist in modern Arabian culture. His career centred around the workings of Egyptian sculptures & paintings. When mimicking these works, Adam would famously utilize the same materials used by his ancient ancestors. This would include Papyrus, Bronze, and Granite. One of the more conventional themes seen in Adam’s work included bird in motion, which would transcend both forms of his art style. Fans of Henein often find similar birds located in one painting & then a sculpture, showing the connectivity behind Adams work.

Egypt hasn’t forgotten the man who famously worked on the Sphinx, repairing individual sections of this iconic & ancient beast. This is a right granted to the highest-qualified artists in Egypt. Chances to improve the Sphinx is rare, with an opportunity coming every few hundred years. Close friends to Adam Henein remarked that the motif of birds was considered in his repairs. Henein considered placing a hieroglyph similar to his infamous birds. The fallout of these actions would be severe and prompted the educated artist to remain dedicated to the original design.

The History of Adam Henein

Adam Henein was born in 1929 at the same Cairo Hospital where he’d die. Born into a family of Asyut Metalworkers, his life would forever be changed when walking into the “Cairo Egyptian Antiquities Museum” for the 1st time. Within his biography, it’s recalled that Adam felt an odd feeling that was similar to discovering a new place in our world. This feeling was beyond that of physics or textbooks.

This prompted a young Adam to move towards as artistic, educational background, which began in the early 1950s. Less than five years later and he’d obtain a degree from the “Cairo School of Fine Arts”. After receiving this degree, Adam Henein would join the Munich Fine Arts Academy in the 1960s. This extensive formal training enabled him to acquire capabilities that most artists dream of obtaining.