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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


Artwork from La Salle University Collection Hits the Auction Block

  • The Inquirer
  • April 18, 2018 13:00
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), The Temptation of St.  Anthony, painted in 1945-1946.  Oil on canvas in the artist's painted frame.  47⅞ x 35⅞ in (121.4 x 91.2 cm).  Estimate: $400,000-600,000.  This work is offered in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on 16 May at Christie’s in New York

Philadelphia's La Salle University is unloading a trove of 46 American and European artworks from its museum collections through Christie's in a series of sales beginning in New York this week. School trustees say the sale proceeds will fund initiatives from La Salle University’s five-year ...

Read More


Judge Rules for Berkshire Museum Sales of Norman Rockwell, Other Artworks

  • New York Times
  • April 06, 2018 14:33
THOMAS WILMER DEWING, The White Dress.  Oil on canvas.

A Massachusetts judge on Thursday gave the final approval for Berkshire Museum's controversial plan to sell artworks from its collections, including a significant Norman Rockwell painting that the artist gifted to the Pittsfield, Mass., institution.  The decision comes after a seven month ...

Read More


Constable Painting Returned to Heir in Notable Swiss Restitution Case

  • ARTnews
  • April 04, 2018 22:31
John Constable, Dedham from Langham, 1813.

Switzerland has a sparse history in returning Nazi-looted art to rightful heirs. A recent case bucks the trend and shows the success of one man's quiet, but steely determination to recover his family's art collection, which was decades-ago seized and forcefully sold by France's Vichy government ...

Read More


Art Dealer Graham Arader Lists His Antiques-Filled Hudson River Estate

  • Bloomberg
  • April 01, 2018 22:39

New York-based antique map, book, and print specialist W. Graham Arader has listed his 1850s Italianate Victorian residence in Nyack, New York, one of several of his historic residences. “I own the seventh-oldest house in San Francisco,” he told Bloomberg, “I own the only pristine beaux-arts ...

Read More


New Contemporary Art Museum to Debut in Florence

  • Firenze
  • March 18, 2018 19:53
Giorgio Morandi Natura morta, 1958 oil on canvas, 11 3/4 × 13 3/4 in Paesaggio, 1942 oil on canvas, 19 5/8 × 17 3/4 in © Giorgio Morandi, by SIAE 2018

Art collector Roberto Casamonti, founder of the Tornabuoni Art gallery, will open a contemporary art museum in Florence, Italy, on March 24. Housed in the Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, a Renaissance building overlooking Santa Trinita square, the museum will bring 20th century to contemporary ...

Read More


Hearst Castle Tour Guides Help Identify Artist of 17th-Century Painting

  • San Luis Obispo
  • March 07, 2018 22:26
Hearst Castle

Two tour guides at the historic castle built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst have helped unravel the mystery of attribution behind a 17th century artwork in the museum's collection. On a tour, a ray of sunshine illuminated a previously unnoticed or overlooked monogram and inscription on ...

Read More


UK Art Dealer Indicted in $50 Million Money-Laundering Scheme

  • Bloomberg
  • March 06, 2018 22:59
Picasso, Personnage, 1965,

U.S. prosecutors contend that a $50 million international stock-manipulation scam went bust when an undercover FBI agent was offered a Picasso to launder illicit profits. Six people and four companies have been named in the indictment handed down in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday. “The ...

Read More


Mystery Lingers Over Fate of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo

  • Independent
  • February 20, 2018 20:24
Aerial view of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate

Huguette Clark, the copper heiress who died at age 104 in 2011, left a will that envisioned her California mansion be turned into an arts nonprofit. Years later, the fate of the reclusive multimillionaire's 23-acre estate in Santa Barbara is still not clear. Her oceanside Bellosguardo estate ...

Read More


Big, New Picasso Museum to Open in Southern France With Rarely-Seen Works

  • Smithsonian
  • February 12, 2018 13:29
The future Jacqueline and Pablo Picasso Museum

A stepdaughter of Pablo Picasso plans to open a museum in the Southern French city of Aix-en-Provence by 2021. Catherine Hutin-Blay, the 70-year-old daughter of Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque (1927-1986), will display some 2,000 works that she inherited from her mother, in the former ...

Read More


Judge Rules for The Met to Keep Contested $100 Million Picasso

  • Courthouse News Service
  • February 08, 2018 11:01
Picasso's The Actor, 1904-05.

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to retain Pablo Picasso's painting "The Actor." A descendant of a German couple who fled the Nazis and sold the Picasso to finance an escape from World War II Europe, claimed the painting should be returned to her, or its $100 ...

Read More


Berkshire Museum Art Sales Case Heads to State Supreme Court

  • February 05, 2018 19:28
"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, was slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

An extension for the Massachusetts Attorney General office's investigation into the Berkshire Museum art sales concluded Monday. The museum and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office will next file a petition with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hear the case over the contested ...

Read More


The Louvre Displays Nazi-Looted Art in Restitution Effort

  • CNN
  • January 31, 2018 17:18

The Louvre Museum has opened an exhibit of artworks that were once seized by the Nazis during their occupation of France. Some 31 French-owned paintings are shown in an effort to reconnect the works of art with the heirs of their rightful owners. Each artwork is documented in the National ...

Read More


Massachusetts AG Seeks to Extend Berkshire Museum Injunction

  • NEPR
  • January 30, 2018 14:05
George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860

The Massachusetts attorney general has asked a state appeals court to extend an injunction blocking the Berkshire Museum from selling artworks for one more week. A trove of artworks, including two prized Norman Rockwell paintings, have been halted from being sold by the museum. Berkshire ...

Read More


La Salle University Faces Backlash Over Planned Sale of Artworks

  • Philly.com
  • January 04, 2018 21:47
Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925), Sandy Hollow, Manchester, Massachusetts, 1877, is set to be sold by La Salle University.

La Salle University in Philadelphia announced plans this week to sell 46 artworks from its museum collections to help fund teaching and learning initiatives, according to school officials. The art, includings works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Georges Rouault, and Albert Gleizes, could ...

Read More