Scholar Claims Leonardo's $450 Million Painting Was Largely Done by Another Artist

  • CNN
  • August 08, 2018 22:01
Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

In a newly revised book titled "Leonardo da Vinci," due out next month, a scholar makes his case for the world's most expensive painting to be not solely created by the master himself, but by another hand. From CNN: Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," the world's most expensive painting, ...

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'The Brady Bunch' House Will Get a 70s Style Restoration by HGTV

  • CNN
  • August 07, 2018 21:10
Brady Bunch house

HGTV is the new owner of a North Hollywood, Calif., home that was featured as the exterior setting for the popular 1970s series, "The Brady Bunch." Listed at $1.9 million, multiple offers, including one from singer Lance Bass, likely drove up the price for the split-level. "This iconic ...

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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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Gerry Lenfest, Philadelphia Philanthropist and Arts Patron, Remembered

  • August 06, 2018 15:21
Gerry Lenfest

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, 88, passed away on Aug. 5, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. A leading philanthropist and driver of civic causes and the arts for the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region, Lenfest gave away over $1.3 billion in just two decades. After building a fortune in ...

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Artists in Protest Art Exhibition Protest the Museum Hosting It

  • New York Times
  • August 05, 2018 23:42
Women's March, Wellington, NZ, credit Andy McArthur

Artists represented in an exhibition of protest art in London voiced concerns to the museum over its hosting of an event for a defense contractor. Then, in an ironic twist, some artists of the protest art came to withdraw their artwork from the Design Museum in London, in protest. Artist ...

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Authorities in China Demolish Ai Weiwei's Studio

  • NPR
  • August 05, 2018 23:09
 Ai Weiwei, Dog's head sculpture, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, 2011

Authorities in China razed the art studio of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei over the weekend. A longtime critic of the Chinese government, Ai was quick to repsond to the destruction of his space on Instagram. "Farewell," Ai wrote. "They started to demolish my studio 'Zuoyuo' in Beijing ...

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Rarely-Seen Thomas Hart Benton Painting Emerges in Martha's Vineyard Gallery

  • Vineyard Gazette
  • August 02, 2018 22:30

A gallery in West Tisbury, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, has reportedly acquired a much-admired painting by American master Thomas Hart Benton. The 1926 painting of a moving train, titled Going West, has rarely been exhibited in public. While the similar lithograph is widely known, ...

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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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