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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Christo to Float 150-Ton Barrel Sculpture on London Lake

  • April 29, 2018 22:53
Christo The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake) Drawing 2018 in two parts 15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm) Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, hand-drawn map on vellum, technical data, mylar and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2018 Christo

The latest work by artist Christo is under construction in London  – it's a carefully floating stack of 7,506 barrels. The Mastaba will be a temporary draw in Hyde Park where the piece will float on Serpentine Lake from June 18 (weather permitting) to September 23, 2018. The Guardian writes: Is ...

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First Statue of a Woman Enters London's Parliament Square

  • NPR
  • April 24, 2018 18:15
Deputy Mayor for Culture, Justine Simons, and artist Gillian Wearing stand with the statue of Millicent Fawcett.

The first statue of a woman, and the first to be created by a female artist, went up in London's Parliament Square on Tuesday. For 150 years, monuments to only male statesmen have populated the square, including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and seven others. ...

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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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ARTFIXdaily Closed May 22 to 25

  • April 22, 2018 23:39
Yamashite Chair, part of National Portrait Gallery's 'Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now' exhibition.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from May 22 to 25. E-newsletter service will resume on May 28. Image: The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery now presents “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” the first major museum exhibition to explore the art form of cut-paper profiles in terms of their rich ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Iowa Museum Finds 16th Century Painting Worth Millions in Closet

  • wsls
  • April 04, 2018 12:21
Chicago painting conservator Barry Bauman with Otto van Veen’s  “Apollo and Venus” (Flemish, ca.  1600, unsigned); detail.

In February 2016, a museum director in Iowa was looking for some Civil War flags when a staff member mentioned there was an array of collection items in a little-used storeroom. Robert Warren, director of Hoyt Sherman Place, a Des Moines museum and theater, then noticed a painting wedged ...

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HBO's 'The Price of Everything' Takes on the Value of Beauty

  • Variety film review
  • April 02, 2018 23:37

A new HBO documentary on the art world pulls together an interesting array of characters for interviews on the value of art: gallery owner Mary Boone, Chicago philanthropist Stefan Edlis, auction house players such as Amy Cappellazzo, and artists like Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, Njideka Akunyily ...

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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 ...

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US Government's National Monument Reduction Puts Historic Sites at Risk

  • Huffington Post
  • April 01, 2018 22:39
Monarch Cave Ruin, a cliff dwelling on Comb Ridge

The recent downsizing of Bears Ears National Monument, one of America's public lands that the Trump administration has drastically shrunk, puts thousands of historic and archaeologically significant sites at risk. This singular Utah destination is now opened up for mining and drilling, along ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed April 12 and 13

  • March 27, 2018 19:52
René Magritte, The Enchanted Domain I, 1953; oil on canvas; Würth Collection, Künzelsau, Germany; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

ARTFIXdaily will be closed April 12 and 13, and subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on April 16. One of Spring's must-see exhibitions: In San Francisco, René Magritte: The Fifth Season — presented exclusively at SFMOMA from May 19 through October 28, 2018 — focuses on the latter half ...

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Eiffel Tower Could be Repainted, Red?

  • Smithsonian
  • March 21, 2018 14:14

When the Eiffel Tower is repainted for the 20th time since 1889, the iconic Parisian structure could return to its original color --- red. The Ministry of Culture and the City of Paris are mulling over paint options, and looking back at historic choices. Currently a mellow metal color, over the ...

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NYC Public Art Project Spotlights Climate Change, Birds and Audubon

  • March 21, 2018 12:19
Townsend’s Warbler by ATM.  Location: 601 W.  162 St.

In New York City over the last few years, North American birds have been slowly appearing --- in large-scale murals --- to emphasize that threatented birds might be disappearing. The Audubon Mural Project is bringing attention to endangered birds with dozens of public murals, a fitting ode to the ...

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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 ...

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Sotheby's Show, Getty Honor Cancelled After Harassment Claims Against Architect Richard Meier

  • New York Times
  • March 14, 2018 21:53
Richard Meier, in 1986

The New York Times reported Tuesday that renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier has been accused of sexual harassment by 5 women. In the wake of the allegations, Sotheby's closed an exhibit of collages and silk-screens by Meier at its S2 Gallery in New York. Cornell also ...

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LA's MOCA Fires Chief Curator Helen Molesworth

  • Los Angeles Times
  • March 14, 2018 12:08
Helen Molesworth

The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA) has ousted its chief curator, Helen Molesworth, first reported the LA Times. An email sent Monday to MOCA trustees from Director Philippe Vergne, and obtained by the Times, implied that Molesworth resigned. But from an email with artist ...

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Nearly $2 Million in Hudson River School Paintings Stolen From Warehouse

  • New York Daily News
  • March 13, 2018 22:57
Missing painting

An art owner notified police last summer that his collection of 19th-century paintings worth nearly $2 million was missing from a Brooklyn storage facility. The Hudson River School works were stored within the Crozier Fine Arts warehouse, which was sold to Iron Mountain in 2015. NYPD is ...

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