MOCA LA Taps MoMA PS1 Director to Lead

  • New York Times
  • August 01, 2018 14:05
Klaus Biesenbach

After years of tumult and high turnover, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is heading into a new chapter with a new director. Once again recruiting from New York, the oft-embattled MOCA has chosen Klaus Biesenbach, who currently leads MoMA PS1 in Queens and is curator-at-large at MoMA, ...

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Swedish Crown Jewels Swiped by Thieves

  • July 31, 2018 20:26

Thieves stole prized royal crown jewels from the Strängnäs Cathedral in Sweden, according to the Swedish Police Authority on Tuesday. Two crowns and a royal orb were taken and the suspects escaped in a motor boat from below the church.  As of Tuesday night, police were still pursuing the ...

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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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SF Court Rules for Norton Simon Museum to Keep Nazi-Looted Paintings

  • SFGate
  • July 30, 2018 18:20
"Adam" and "Eve" painted by German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder around 1530

In a long running case, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Southern California museum can keep a pair of prized 16th century paintings that an heiress of a Dutch art dealer has sought since the 1990s. The Renaissance paintings were looted by the Nazis during World War II, and the court ...

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Thomas Jefferson's Books Discovered in a Lake Tahoe Dumpster

  • Sacramento Bee
  • July 30, 2018 13:03
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

A man who was picking through a dumpster in 2014 for a community service project unexpectedly recovered a slice of American history. For two years, Max Brown researched his find: a pile of 15 worn books, retrieved from a trove of many more volumes that he left behind, in the Incline Village, ...

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Sculptor and Rockefeller Scion Allegedly Helped Russian Interests

  • Bloomberg
  • July 29, 2018 21:37
Maria Butina

From Bloomberg: A scion of the Rockefeller clan, George D. O’Neill Jr., was one of the U.S. conservatives who allegedly helped Mariia Butina’s efforts to build a secret line of communication back to the Kremlin, judging by details in recent U.S. filings. O’Neill, a 68-year-old sculptor and a ...

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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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Grant Allows Bates College Museum to Acquire Marsden Hartley Art, Create Online Resource

  • Bates
  • July 18, 2018 20:08
“Intellectual Niece,” a 1939 oil painting by Marsden Hartley.  (Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, Bates College Museum of Art)

The Bates College Museum of Art in Maine has acquired a prized painting by American modernist Marsden Hartley, with funds from a $100,000 grant to the museum from a foundation in New York City. The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts helped fund the purchase of ...

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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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Pop-Up wndr museum to Feature Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room

  • July 17, 2018 15:00
Yayoi Kusama's “Let’s Survive Forever."

Tickets have gone on sale for one of Yayoi Kusama's famed Infinity Rooms in a new location at the wndr museum—an art and science pop-up in Chicago's West Loop, opening in August. Pronounced "wonder" museum, the pop-up space has no end date yet, but tickets are sure to go fast for 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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Motherwell Painting Found After Missing for Four Decades

  • New York Times
  • July 15, 2018 16:39
Robert Motherwell's Untitled, 1967

A monumental painting by 20th century American master Robert Motherwell was recently found after going missing four decades ago, announced the FBI and Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, last week. Berman said: “The storied past of this ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed From June 25 to July 6

  • June 24, 2018 23:45
Rendering of For Lazy Lobster, part of the Artscapes series at the de Young museum in San Francisco this summer, by Cosima von Bonin, 2018.  Courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from June 25 to July 6. Subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on July 9. ArtGuild members may continue to post press releases to the ArtWire section during the closure. The image above is for Artscapes, a new series of playful installations designed by artists ...

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Gallery Owner Arrested for Placing 11-Foot Drug Spoon Sculpture Outside Purdue Pharma

  • Hartford Courant
  • June 24, 2018 23:45
"Purdue" by Domenic Esposito

From the Hartford Courant: A Stamford, Connecticut, art gallery owner was arrested and charged with a criminal misdemeanor and a felony Friday morning after dropping an 800-pound steel sculpture of a bent, burnt heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma, a top manufacturer of opioids, and then ...

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Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

  • June 20, 2018 18:49
Grafton Tyler Brown, Cascade Cliffs, Columbia River, 1885.  Oil on canvas.  17 x 32 inches.  Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art.  Photo © John Wilson White Studio

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced this week that the Southern California institution will close its doors. On June 13, at a PMCA Board meeting, Chairman Jim Crawford recommended that the museum close after the current exhibitions ...

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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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Napoleon's Hat From Waterloo Battle Brings $400,000 at Auction

  • New York Times
  • June 18, 2018 18:13
Napoleon reviews the Imperial Guard before the Battle of Jena.

A hat said to have been dropped by Napoleon Bonaparte on the battlefield of Waterloo catapulted to about $400,000 at an auction in France. The over 200-year-old artifact, one of 19 extant of Napoleon's iconic black bicorns, sold in Lyon for 350,000 euros, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of ...

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Second Major Fire Consumes Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building

  • The Art Newspaper
  • June 18, 2018 18:13

A blaze that broke out on June 15 at Glasgow School of Art has left its historic heart devastated for a second time since a fire in 2014. Considered Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) building was undergoing a massive £35m restoration, including the ...

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