UK's Corbyn Backs Returning Parthenon Sculptures to Greece

  • Independent
  • June 04, 2018 11:17
Parthenon Sculptures

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would return the Parthenon sculptures to Greece if elected Prime Minister, he said in an interview with Greek newspaper Ta Nea. Corbyn believes the sculptures, also called the Elgin Marbles, "belong to Greece." The international cultural agency UNESCO also weighed ...

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Museum Sells Chinese Vase from Storage for $14.5 Million

  • Tulsa World
  • May 30, 2018 23:49
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A museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has sold an exquisite vase -- long tucked away in storage -- for a windfall at auction. The piece was made in the early 1700s at the order of the Chinese emperor Qianlong.  The vase was offered in Christie's Hong Kong spring sales series that fetched a total $399 ...

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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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U.S. Investigation into Art Dealer Fizzles After $450 Million Da Vinci Sale

  • Bloomberg
  • May 29, 2018 13:39
In November 2017, Christie’s New York sold 'Salvator Mundi,' a depiction of Christ as ‘Saviour of the World,’ by Leonardo da Vinci, for $450,312,500 (including buyer’s premium), the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

When Leonardo da Vinci's ethereal "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-smashing $450 million last fall, a year-long federal investigation into a Swiss art dealer's mark-ups of artworks sold to a Russian billionaire seems to have evaporated. A longstanding dispute between fertilizer magnate Dmitry ...

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Louvre Returns to Top List of 20 Most Popular Museums

  • Travel + Leisure
  • May 28, 2018 22:48
Louvre

According to a ranking from the Themed Entertainment Association, the Louvre was the most visited museum in the world in 2017. After two years of falling from its top spot, attendance at the Louvre increased 9.5 percent last year. Of the world’s top 20 most popular museums, half are in Europe — ...

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Jeff Koons' 'Tulips' Spurned by Paris Museum

  • france 24
  • May 28, 2018 22:48
© France 24 screen grab

After months of controversy, a Jeff Koons sculpture the American artist gave the city in remembrance of the 2015 Paris attacks victims will not find a home in front of the capital’s Museum of Modern Art and the Palais de Tokyo.

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Philippe Vergne Exits LA MoCA

  • LA Times
  • May 26, 2018 21:27
Still from a KCET interview with MOCA director Philippe Vergne.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles announced on Friday, just before the long holiday weekend, that director Philippe Vergne will depart. The decision came after various spurts of turmoil within the museum, including Vergne's recent decision to terminate its respected chief curator, ...

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Record Prices Abound at Sotheby's $392 Million Contemporary Art Sale

  • May 17, 2018 12:41
Kerry James Marshall's Past Times (1997) set a new record for a living African American artist of $21.1m with fees

On Wednesday, Sotheby's tallied $392.3m total with fees for contemporary art in New York, setting 15 artist records among the 75 lots offered. Just two works failed to sell—by Yayoi Kusama and Lucio Fontana. An Asian private collector won David Hockney's "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa ...

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Richard Gray, Noted Gallerist, Remembered

  • WTTW
  • May 17, 2018 12:06
Richard Gray

Richard Gray, a celebrated art dealer, civic leader, and philanthropist, died Wednesday morning at his home in Chicago, surrounded by family. He was 89 years old. In 1963, Gray founded the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and he later opened another gallery in New York City. With his wife Mary, ...

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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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Dutch Art Dealer Rediscovers a Rembrandt

  • Reuters
  • May 16, 2018 13:04
Jan Six with the rediscovered Rembrandt.

Dutch art dealer Jan Six says he knew right away that a painting catalogued as by an unknown artist, in the circle of Rembrandt van Rijn, was the work of the master himself. “I saw so many details pointing in Rembrandt’s direction, that I was totally convinced,” he said about previewing the ...

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Actress Portia de Rossi Launches a New Kind of Art Venture

  • AD
  • May 15, 2018 20:46
Synograph of Sarah Bird’s painting Inkberry Holly.

"Arrested Development" actress Portia de Rossi is working with Fujifilm to democratize art. And her company's motivation is also it's motto: Support Artists. Not Art. De Rossi's new venture, called General Public, collaborates with artists by recreating their original works as Synographs™ (or ...

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Museum in Jerusalem to Get $40 Million Expansion and Refreshed Content

  • Haaretz
  • May 15, 2018 20:46
Rendering of the renovated entrance for Tower of David Museum.

The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is gearing up for a $40 million expansion in 2019. Part of the renovation will be an enhanced entrance, which will be repositioned on the west side, plus a new wing, archaeological digs, and expanded content including artworks, changing ...

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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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Protest Planned Outside Sotheby's Over Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • May 12, 2018 17:09
Henry Moore – THREE SEATED WOMEN, 1942.

The grassroots citizens' group Save the Art – Save the Museum has invited fellow supporters to join a permitted protest at Sotheby’s on Monday, May 14 from 5:45 to 7 p.m. at 1334 York Avenue in New York City. The protest is timed to coincide with the auction of two of 40 deaccessioned works of ...

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Diego Rivera, American Art Hits Record Prices in $106 Million Rockefeller Sale

  • May 09, 2018 20:52
Diego Rivera, The Rivals, 1931, oil on canvas, sold for $9.76 million.

Bidders went bonkers for The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller on the second night of the sales series at Christie's in New York City's Rockefeller Center. The first two days of Rockefeller sales have totaled over $765 million, with more to go this week and jewelry in June. Provenance — ...

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Alleged Painting Slasher at Aspen Gallery Denies Doing It

  • Aspen Times
  • May 06, 2018 18:29
A screen shot from surveillance cameras inside an Aspen art gallery show the suspect right before he slashed a nearly $3 million painting in May 2017.

The British man accused by police of slashing a $3 million painting at an Aspen art gallery last year says he didn't do it. Nick Morley, 40, is named by police and prosecutors as the man dressed in black who walked in and cut the Christopher Wool artwork at Opera Gallery in May 2017. Morley ...

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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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The Museum of Lost Art

  • Bloomberg
  • May 02, 2018 23:04
Rogier van der Weyden’s Justice of Trajan and Herkinbald was destroyed in a fire in the late 17th century.  A 15th century tapestry that had copied part of its design is all that remains.

In a new book, The Museum of Lost Art, (May 4, Phaidon, $35) author Noah Charney spotlights the great art that the world has lost. What’s been destroyed, Carney writes in the book’s introduction, includes “more masterpieces than all of the world’s museums combined.” In 280 pages, Carney ...

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Pacific Standard Time Boosted SoCal Economy by Over $430 Million

  • May 01, 2018 19:32
Judithe Hernández, The Purification , 2013.  Pastel mixed-media on archival wood board.  30 x 40 in.  © 2016 Judithe Hernández.  Part of "One Path Two Journeys" at Millard Sheets Art Center.

The Getty-funded, regional arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA contributed around $430.3 million to the Southern California economy between September 2017 and January 2018, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). From the report's ...

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