Man Charged With Stealing Terracotta Warrior's Thumb

  • New York Times
  • February 19, 2018 22:28
A terra-cotta horse and warrior from the Franklin Institute’s exhibit.

A Delaware man has been charged with stealing the thumb of a $4.5 million terracotta warrior figure on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Michael Rohana was attending a Christmastime ugly sweater party at the museum when he entered the closed-off loan exhibition room, took a ...

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From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

  • December 04, 2017 14:53
David Driskell, "Ghetto Wall #2," 1970.  Oil, acrylic, and collage on linen, 60.0 × 50.0 (in).  DC Moore Gallery, at Art Basel Miami Beach, Survey, S6.

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in Miami with The ...

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Guggenheim Pulls Artworks from China Exhibition Amid Threats

  • September 26, 2017 14:05
Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other.

Threats of violence have forced the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to withdraw three controversial works featuring animals from an upcoming exhibition. "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World," a survey of Chinese contemporary art made between the 1989 Tiananmen Square ...

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Asian Art Museum Clinches Guinness World Record for Largest Human Flower Art

  • July 17, 2017 14:33
Humans form a record- sized lotus flower on July 15, 2017, in Lotus Live organized by the Asian Art Museum, SF.

A Guinness World Record was set Saturday when the Asian Art Museum organized 2,405 people at San Francisco's Civic Center to form a huge green and pink lotus flower together.  Dubbed Lotus Live, the event created the largest recorded human flower art and was meant to mark the 50th anniversary ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

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Sumida Hokusai Museum, Dedicated to 'The Great Wave' Artist, Opens in Japan

  • Curbed
  • January 09, 2017 22:18
The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

Curbed reports that a stunning new museum designed by Kazuyo Sejima—half of the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA—opened in Tokyo, Japan last November. The Sumida Hokusai Museum was established to highlight the work of Katsushika Hokusai, a world-renowned ukiyo-e woodblock painter who was born ...

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National Gallery of Australia to Get $11 Million in Compensation for Stolen Statue

  • ABC
  • September 26, 2016 21:38
Dancing Shiva — a 900-year-old bronze statue — was returned to India in 2014.

The Supreme Court of New York has granted a motion in favour of a $11 million payment to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), as compensation for its purchase of a stolen Indian antiquity from disgraced New York art dealer Subhash Kapoor that was later returned to India. The court has ...

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New Book Compiles the Best in Botanic Imagery

  • August 24, 2016 21:26
Plant: Exploring the Botancial World from PHAIDON

Plant: Exploring the Botancial World is a new compilation of 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever made. From Phaidon, the 353-page book will be released in September and includes a seminal Georgia O'Keeffe painting, exquisite images assembled by the Royal Botanic Garden ...

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Chinese Company Becomes Major Shareholder in Sotheby's

  • New York Times
  • August 01, 2016 14:33
Chen Dongsheng

China's Taikang Life Insurance disclosed last Wednesday that it had become Sotheby's biggest shareholder, with a 13.52% stake. Taikang is run by Chinese tycoon Chen Dongsheng, who helped found China Guardian Auction Co. Chen is an established power player in the Chinese art market. He modeled ...

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T Magazine Uncovers The Lost Frescoes of Rajasthan

  • T Magazine - New York Times
  • May 09, 2016 13:47
Built in the 1840s, Sone-Chandi ki Dukan in the village of Mahansar is brilliantly painted with scenes from Hindu mythology, including the lives of Rama and Krishna.

In the desert, painted onto once-great — and now, mostly abandoned — houses, is dazzling proof of the Indian state's opulent history. Aatish Taseer writes of this extraordinary past in T Magazine's upcoming May 22 Travel issue:  The pale hard land surrounding Delhi runs west into the ...

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Japanese Dealer Arrested for Offering Stolen Antiquity in New York

  • NY Post
  • March 22, 2016 21:37
"Footprints of Buddha" sculpture

A second-century sculpture called “Footprints of Buddha,” set to be shown in New York by Japanese antiquities dealer Tatsuzo Kaku, was allegedly stolen in 1989, according to authorities. Kaku was arrested on March 14 at the Mark Hotel on East 77th Street for smuggling in the $1.1 million relic, ...

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Gang Members Found Guilty in $79 Million U.K. Museum Thefts

  • BBC
  • February 29, 2016 15:10
Jade artifacts worth about £15m were stolen from Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum in April 2012

After a four-year investigation, members of an international organized crime gang have been found guilty in the thefts of artifacts worth up to £57m ($79m). Fourteen men will be sentenced in April for the raids on museums and an auction house in the U.K. Chinese jade and rhino horn were among ...

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Art Institute of Chicago Appoints New Director

  • Chicago Tribune
  • January 28, 2016 11:44
James Rondeau

After an international search, the Art Institute of Chicago has chosen James Rondeau, chair of the museum's department of modern and contemporary art, to replace Douglas Druick as president. The museum's board voted Thrusday morning for Rondeau, 46, to become president and Eloise W. Martin ...

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Art Institute of Chicago Receives Its Largest Cash Gift Ever

  • Chicago Tribune
  • January 27, 2016 11:55
Edward Kemeys's lion statue outside the Art Institute of Chicago

Massachusetts collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg, who died in Jan. 2015, has donated $35 million in her will to the Art Insitute of Chicago. The gift is earmarked for new art purchases and the final amount of money is yet to be determined. A supporter of the museum for 25 years, Edinburg ...

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2015 in Review: Art Crime

  • The Creators Project
  • December 26, 2015 14:02
DETAIL: Schilderij, Jacob Waben, Vrouw Wereld, 1622.  151 x 131 cm.  Stolen from the Westfries Museum, Hoorn, in 2005 and known to be in Ukraine, but not yet recovered by the museum.

Sensational stories of art crimes were plenteous in 2015. The Creators Project has put together a list of some of the biggest headlines, ranging from ISIS destroying the ancient buildings and artifacts of Palmyra to the brazen Ukranian ultranationalists who seek an exorbitant "finder's fee" for ...

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Indian Police Probe Deaths of Acclaimed Artist Hema Upadhyay and Her Lawyer

  • Times of India
  • December 14, 2015 12:43
Hema Upadhyay

Hema Upadhyay, the renowned Indian artist, and her legal counsel, Harish Bhambhani, were found dead in Mumbai on Dec. 12. Police are investigating the deaths as murders and several people have been questioned, including Upadhyay's ex-husband. The 43-year-old artist and her lawyer were found ...

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San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Highlights Something Old, Something New Aesthetic

  • October 22, 2015 16:11
Shell cameo of an angel in high relief from exhibitor Arthur Guy Kaplan.

Rooted in Victorian times and infused with the energy of today's tech industry, San Francisco is a place where old and new, tradition and innovation, blend seamlessly. West Coast art collectors and designers just as easily mix styles and periods, and flock to find treasures at the San Francisco ...

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Chinese Imperial Portrait Tops $344 Million Sale Series in Asia

  • Diamond World
  • October 08, 2015 14:10
Giuseppe Castiglione portrait of the Qianlong Emperor's favorite concubine

An imperial portrait depicting Chinese Emperor Qianlong's favorite consort fetched a record $17.6 million on Wednesday at Sotheby's in Hong Kong closing a five-day flurry of sales. An anonymous bidder prevailed after a 20-minute bidding battle for the painting by Italian court artist Giuseppe ...

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Indian Artist F.N. Souza's 'Birth' Brings Record $4 Million at Auction

  • Christie's
  • September 21, 2015 00:35
F.N.  Souza's Birth (detail) brought an artist record $4 million at Christie's.

Considered to be one of his finest works, 'Birth' by famed Indian artist Francis Newton Souza sold for a record $4.08 million (with buyer's premium) at Christie's New York on Sept. 17. The price set the record both for the artist and for any Indian painting. The sale total came to $8.7 million ...

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Counter-protesters Escalate 'Kimono Controversy' at MFA Boston

  • Boston Globe
  • July 19, 2015 19:06
Claude Monet’s La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume), 1876.

Protests that erupted this month over 'Kimono Wednesdays" at the Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston, have spurred other voices in support of the new event. Visitors were encouraged to "channel their inner Camille Monet" and don a kimono similar to the artist's wife in Claude Monet’s painting “La ...

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