Paul Allen, Microsoft Cofounder and Art Collector, Remembered

  • ARTnews
  • October 15, 2018 23:00
Milton Avery, Dancing Trees , 1960.  Oil on canvas, 52 x 66 in.  Paul G.  Allen Family Collection © 2015 Mi l ton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Paul Allen, the multibillionaire technology entrepreneur and art collector, died on Monday at age 65. The cause was complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his family. With his vast fortune built from cofounding Microsoft and investments, Allen was known for his philanthropy and ...

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Russian Billionaire Rybolovlev Hits Sotheby's With $380 Million Lawsuit

  • Bloomberg
  • October 03, 2018 11:46
Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couché au Coussin Bleu (1917), for which Rybolovlev paid over $120 million including commission fees.  Bouvier had gotten the work for him at $95 million.

Bloomberg's Katya Kazakina reports: The epic international legal drama that has pitted a Russian billionaire against a Swiss art entrepreneur [Yves Bouvier] took a new turn on Tuesday with Dmitry Rybolovlev slapping Sotheby’s auction house with a $380 million lawsuit in New York. Rybolovlev ...

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Italy Attempts to Foil The Frick's 'Most Important Painting Purchase' in Decades

  • August 26, 2018 22:42
François Gérard, Portrait of Prince Camillo Borghese (circa 1810).

In December, New York's Frick Collection revealed that it had made its most important painting purchase since 1991. Now, the Italian government says it didn't realize that the painting's subject was a prince, and officials want to keep the painting in the country. The Frick had announced its ...

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Artworks Rediscovered in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's Vault in 2019 Exhibition

  • The Art Newspaper
  • August 15, 2018 22:22
Andy Warhol's Mao Zedong series of portraits in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art vault.

A trove of artworks hidden away in Iran's Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will finally be on display next year. A planned exhibition of the long unseen works was scrapped for Berlin last year, and selections are now scheduled to show in Tehran. Modern American and European masterworks, and ...

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Sotheby's Earnings Takes a Hit from 'Pricing Error' on Artwork

  • CNBC
  • August 07, 2018 15:07
Buste de femme de profil by Pablo Picasso

Sotheby’s sold $3.45 billion of art during the first half of 2018, with $57.3 million net income in the second quarter of 2018—a decrease of $19.6 million, or about 26 percent, in comparison to the same period in 2017. Two artworks that were sold with guaranteed prices for the consignors seem ...

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Delacroix Blockbuster Breaks Attendance Record at Louvre, Heads to the Met

  • July 31, 2018 14:53
Eugène Delacroix, July 28, 1830: Liberty Leading the People.  1830.  1831 Salon.  Oil on canvas.  260 x 325 cm.  Musée du Louvre, Paris © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Michel Urtado

A record half a million people visited the Eugène Delacroix retrospective at the Louvre, which has closed before its reopening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the fall. In Paris, 180 works gave a full view of the French painter’s ouevre, while slightly fewer works will be shown in New York. ...

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Van Gogh Museum Teams Up with Vans on Wearables

  • July 26, 2018 23:10

Vans goes van Gogh... Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum has collaborated with classic sneaker maker Vans on a line of shoes and attire emblazoned with the seminal artist's work. Vincent van Gogh's most iconic images such as Sunflowers and a Self-Portrait will debut next week on sneakers and ...

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Art Dealer Says He Discovered Six De Koonings in New Jersey Storage Unit

  • The Guardian
  • July 23, 2018 15:21
Art dealer David Killen, right, and Lawrence Castagna, an art-restoration expert who once worked for artist Willem de Kooning, look over a painting, in New York.

A storage locker filled with artworks that an auction house passed up is said to include lost abstract expressionist paintings that could be worth millions of dollars. From the Guardian: A New York art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker for $15,000 says he has found ...

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston Brings Degas Pastel to Life

  • July 19, 2018 19:43
Edgar Degas, Dancers Resting, 1881–85.  Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard.  Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection.

A pastel of ballerinas by Edgar Degas has been enacted by two members of the Boston Ballet to highlight the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's summer exhibtion of pastels. It was also the artist's birthday on Thursday. The brief clip shows the ballerinas reflect the composition of the Degas work, ...

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Houston Man Sells Picasso Artwork on Nextdoor

  • Austin360
  • July 18, 2018 11:55

A Houston man recently offered up a portrait that he listed as by Pablo Picasso on Nextdoor. Known as an online forum for neighbors to share local information, sell items, and (oftentimes) complain to eachother, Nextdoor seems an unlikely platform to have success with art-selling, yet the ...

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Salvador Dali Foundation Sues Museum in California

  • Mercury News
  • July 15, 2018 16:39
Salvador Dali, 1939

The Salvador Dali Foundation has sued the Dali17 Museum in Monterey, Calif., for copyright infringement. The suit claims the two-year-old museum is illegally profiting from the surrealist artist's name, likeness, and the reproduction of his copyrighted artworks. “Defendants have been informed ...

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Italy Reopens Investigation Into Missing Caravaggio Masterpiece

  • Telegraph
  • June 20, 2018 17:08
A copy of "Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco" by Caravaggio hangs where the original was stolen from a church in Sicily.

Nearly 50 years have passed since a Caravaggio masterpiece was stolen, in a case considered by the FBI as in the top 10 art crimes worldwide. Investigators in Italy are now reopening the case of Caravaggio's missing Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco, which was cut from its frame ...

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20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

  • June 06, 2018 11:56
Charles Burchfield, Bee Hepaticus, 1962.  Collisart, Stand A32.

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

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Vodka-Driven Man Attacks Painting in Moscow Museum

  • South China Morning Post
  • May 29, 2018 18:41
Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581, by Ilya Repin

An 1885 masterwork by Russian realist Ilya Repin was badly damaged by a museum visitor in Moscow, sparking a renewed look into museum security across Russia, and the sale of alcohol in galleries.  From South China Morning Post: One of Russia’s leading art galleries announced on Monday it ...

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Man Busted in Fraud Scam After Offering Gardner Museum's Missing Masterpieces on Craigslist

  • Boston Herald
  • May 16, 2018 13:57
The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, from 1633, is the only seascape by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn.  It was cut from its frame and stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1990.

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for offering online two stolen artworks from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Todd Andrew Desper was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge to time served and three years of supervised release, three months of which will be spent in home ...

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Modigliani Nude Fetches $157.2 Million at Sotheby's

  • May 14, 2018 22:25
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)," 1917.

Amedeo Modigliani's largest work and his greatest nude has become the most valuable artwork ever sold at Sothebys—selling for $157 million in the May 14 Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale. Nu couché was acquired by its previous owner, Irish billionaire John Magnier, at auction in 2003 for ...

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25,000 People Bought a Piece of One Picasso

  • AD
  • May 03, 2018 21:02
Detail, Picasso's Musketeer Bust, 1968.

With Picasso's 'Musketeer Bust,' it's All for One, and One for All when 25,000 online buyers purchase the artwork. From Architectural Digest: QoQa is a Swiss website that typically offers discounted household items (like cooking utensils) or cheap airfare (like tickets to a number of North ...

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French Museum Discovers More Than Half of Its Art is Fake

  • BBC
  • April 30, 2018 12:54
'Collioure in the Pyrenees' by Étienne Terrus

Terrus museum in Elne in the south of France announced Friday that 82 works originally attributed to the Impressionist artist Étienne Terrus (1857-1922) are actually not by him. More than half the museum's collection is thought to be fake, prompting the town's mayor Yves Barniol to call the ...

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Modigliani Nude Could Bring $150 Million in Blockbuster Auction Series

  • CNBC
  • April 24, 2018 13:17
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)," 1917.

Record-breaking May sales are expected at the major New York auction houses with a nude painting by Amedeo Modigliani estimated to bring $150 million, representing the highest auction estimate ever. The two week sale series at the major auction houses could possibly total over $2 billion. A ...

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Antonio Banderas Portrays Picasso in 'Genius' Series

  • New York Times
  • April 19, 2018 23:05
Antonio Banderas plays Pablo Picasso in NatGeo's "Genius: Picasso" anthology series.

Actor Antonio Banderas, a native of Spain, seems to be perfectly cast as Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2, which premieres April 24. The first season of “Genius”, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, was nominated for 10 Emmys, and was watched by over 45 million ...

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