Iran Sentences American Art Dealer, Spouse to Lengthy Prison Terms

  • Washington Post
  • January 31, 2018 12:33
Undated photo of Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari and his Iranian wife, Afarin Neyssari.  Vafadari was sentenced to 27 years in prison, while Neyssar, who has permanent residency in the U.S., received a 16-year sentence, the Center for Human Rights in Iran said Wednesday, Jan.  31, 2018.

Iran has sentenced Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari and his wife, Afarin Neyssari, to prison, according to a New York-based rights group on Wednesday. They were arrested in July 2016. The couple, who are Zoroastrians, were allegedly targeted for their faith and their ties to Western ...

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Saudi Arabia Plans Mega-Sized Arts Center

  • January 30, 2018 17:27
Magnetism, Ahmed Mater, 2011, an installation of magnet and iron filings.

Artist Ahmed Mater is spearheading a new arts intiative backed by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud. The goal is to make Saudi Arabia an arts hub, with a center to promote contemporary art making and viewing, reports Bloomberg.  On Monday, Mater announced ...

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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 ...

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National Gallery of Art Postpones Chuck Close Exhibition Over Misconduct Allegations, Debate Ensues

  • New York Times
  • January 29, 2018 20:36
Chuck Close self-portrait, 86th St.  Station, NYC

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has postponed an upcoming exhibition of works by artist Chuck Close after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged.  Close told the New York Times that the allegations are "lies." He says, "I've done nothing wrong and I'm being crucified." In a ...

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Louvre Closes Bottom Floor as River Seine Rises

  • Los Angeles Times
  • January 28, 2018 23:10
At the Louvre, 2016.

Floodwaters have the River Seine rising after weeks of heavy rain in France. In Paris, schools, some parks, and river boat service have been closed, and as a precaution, the lower floor of the Louvre also was shut. The peak of the floodwaters is expected on Sunday night into Monday morning, ...

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Sting Narrates a Video Preview of the Met's Thomas Cole Exhibition

  • January 28, 2018 22:41
Thomas Cole‘s ‘The Course of Empire: Destruction’ (1836)

Opening January 30 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings will examine, for the first time, the artist’s transatlantic career and engagement with European art. Click here to watch a video introduction to Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic ...

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White House Loan Request for Van Gogh Countered with Gold Toilet Offer

  • Independent
  • January 25, 2018 18:15
Maurizio Cattelan, America.

The White House reportedly requested a loan of a Vincent van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Since Van Gogh’s 1888 Landscape With Snow could not be loaned, the museum responded that it could instead offer an 18 karat gold sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan, first reported the ...

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Mennello Museum Features New York School Innovator Grace Hartigan

  • Mennello Museum
  • January 24, 2018 10:55
Grace Hartigan, Marilyn, 1962.

Through March 18, 2018, the Mennello Museum of American Art, in Orlando, is showing a collection of seminal works by New York School artist Grace Hartigan. "I have found my subject, it concerns that which is vulgar and vital in American life, and possibilities of its transcendence into the ...

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Paddle8 Merges with Swiss Tech Company

  • New York Times
  • January 23, 2018 10:39
Paddle8 advisors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss shown in a TV commerical for pistachios.  The pair famously sued Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook and are known as early advocates of Bitcoin.

Online auctioneer Paddle 8 is merging with a Swiss tech company called The Native, which specializes in e-commerce, reports the New York Times. The move comes after Paddle8's parent company, Auctionata, filed for bankruptcy last year. Paddle8 and The Native will focus on blockchain technology ...

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Titian Painting from the Collection of Charles I's Plumber at Auction

  • CNN
  • January 22, 2018 14:52
Titian, Saint Margaret

A Titian painting once owned by King Charles I of England and given to his plumber is set to hit the auction block in New York. Reports CNN: The six-and-a-half foot painting "Saint Margaret" was originally given to royal plumber John Embry following Charles I's execution in 1649 as part of a ...

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Most Members Quit National Park Service Advisory Panel in Protest

  • Washington Post
  • January 17, 2018 14:24
John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California.  Muir wrote: "Any fool can destroy trees.  Through all the wonderful, eventful centuries ...  God has cared for these trees...but he cannot save them from fools -- only Uncle Sam can do that." - Our National Parks (1901) chapter 10.

This week, 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members have resigned, leaving the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks, reports the Washington Post. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, departing board chairman ...

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Google App Finds Your Face Match in Historical Paintings

  • Independent
  • January 15, 2018 21:15

Ever wondered what your doppelgänger looked like if painted by the likes of Gainsborough, Sargent or Picasso? Google's got an app for that. A new feature of the Google Arts and Culture App will match an image of your face with a painted portrait that looks like you. The app does not work in ...

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Cutting-Edge U.S. Embassy in London Opens Chock-Full of Art This Week

  • January 14, 2018 23:09
View southwest at the new U.S.  Embassy London in Nine Elms, across park.  Photographer: Richard Bryant/arcaidimages.com

The 1960s building that housed the U.S. embassy in London needed costly renovations and posed security risks in busy Mayfair, prompting a decision in 2007 to purchase a new site. Opening to the public on January 16, the new U.S. embassy resides in South London's Nine Elms area, below the Thames, ...

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Manhattan DA Seizes More Antiquities from Billionaire Collector

  • New York Times
  • January 06, 2018 16:47
A white ground oil vessel taken in the raid.

Antiquities that prosecutors say were looted from Greece and Italy were taken from the Manhattan home and office of billionaire collector Michael H. Steinhardt on Friday. Known for his Greek artifact collection and patronage of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hedge fund manager Steinhardt ...

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Giant Balloon Adrift from Art Installation Causes Chaos in London

  • Time Out
  • January 05, 2018 14:56

A giant inflatable balloon that went up in Oxford Circus to promote the Lumiere London art festival brought a bit of unexpected publicity for the event. When high winds picked up, the art installation came loose and tossled over the busy shopping district, during rush hour, causing havoc for ...

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Lawsuit Erupts Over George Inness Painting Consignment

  • Courthouse News Service
  • January 05, 2018 14:56
“Shades of Evening,” an 1877 oil painting by American landscape artist George Inness

An 1877 landscape painting by American artist George Inness is at the center of a dispute over its consigment to a gallery by the family's matriarch. Tennessee couple Richard and Becky Hearty filed a complaint in Cleveland. They contend that Richard J. Hearty Sr. gifted the piece to son Hearty ...

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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 ...

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The Most Popular Art News Stories on ARTFIXdaily in 2017

  • December 30, 2017 15:17
"Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities," a major international loan exhibition organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Va., in partnership with the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Italy’s Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi.  Sandro Botticelli and workshop, Venus (detail), about 1484–90.  Oil on canvas, transferred from panel.  Galleria Sabauda, Turin.  lnv.  172.

Top art news stories in 2017 included: Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi Sold for a Mind-Boggling Record Art Price of $450.3 Million The Jesus portrait will head to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, but it's still unclear whether the Saudi crown prince bought it as a gift for the museum, or if it's a loan, or if ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed from Dec. 18 to 31 - Happy Holidays!

  • December 14, 2017 20:48
The Singing Tree is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London through Jan.  6.

ARTFIXdaily will closed from Dec. 18 to 31, with e-newsletter service resuming on January 1, 2018. Thank you to our readers and ArtGuild members for contributing to an art-filled world in 2017! Happy Holidays! IMAGE SHOWN: Set designer Es Devlin is known for the kinetic illuminated stage ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed through Thursday, Dec. 14

  • December 11, 2017 23:37
A painted version of actress Saoirse Ronan as Marguerite Gachet in the film “Loving Vincent.”

ARTFIXdaily will be closed through this Thursday, Dec. 14, and e-newsletter service will return to inboxes on Friday, Dec. 15. The closure will resume Dec. 18-31. Happy Holidays!

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