Sotheby's Sues Dealer Mark Weiss Over Alleged Fake Old Master Painting

  • Financial Times
  • February 07, 2017 13:55
'Unknown Man' portrait, said to be by Frans Hals

Sotheby's will head to court in London with dealer Mark Weiss and Mark Weiss Ltd. over an alleged fake Old Master painting that was sold in a private sale. Sotheby's later reimbursed the American buyer for the picture and is demanding that Weiss, who supplied the work to Sotheby's client, repay ...

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Atlanta's High Museum Waged a Super Bowl Twitter War

  • February 05, 2017 20:41
Is that Tom Brady as George Washington? Via Twitter @mfaboston

In a stunning comeback the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34 to 28 in overtime, to win Super Bowl LI on Sunday. Leading up to the big game, two art institutions had a fierce exchange of team-centric images called #MuseumBowl -- with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston featuring the ...

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Lunders Make Another Gift of $100 Million to Colby College Museum of Art

  • Portland Press Herald
  • February 02, 2017 18:10
courtesy Colby College

The Portland Press Herald reports that Colby College Museum of Art has received a gift worth $100 million from Peter and Paula Lunder. It is the couple's second gift of that magnitude to the institution in Waterville, Maine, which they have long supported in various ways, including substantial ...

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Anish Kapoor Creates Protest Piece: 'I Like America and America Doesn't Like Me'

  • February 01, 2017 15:31
Anish Kapoor

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor has released a riff on German artist Joseph Beuys’ famed 1974 performance piece, “I Like America and America Likes Me,” as a protest to the exclusionary policies of the Trump administration. Kapoor has reimagined the poster that Beuys made for his performance, ...

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Art Dealer in Knoedler Scandal Avoids More Prison Time

  • New York Times
  • January 31, 2017 18:51
A fake Pollock sold through Knoedler

Long Island art dealer Glafira Rosales will not be sentenced to more prison time after serving three months for her part in the $80 million scam that helped topple Manhattan's oldest art gallery. Rosales was sentenced to time served on Tuesday at Federal District Court in Manhattan. Her lawyers ...

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At Trial, Co-Defendant Claims He Tossed $100 Million in Stolen Art

  • Guardian
  • January 31, 2017 12:42
A 1906 pastoral scene by Matisse stolen from the Modern Art Museum in Paris on May 20, 2010.

Five paintings by the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Léger and Braque were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris almost seven years ago. A trial began Monday for three co-defendants in the 2010 heist, one of the biggest art thefts in history. Yonathan Birn tearfully claimed that ...

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Planned $75 Million International African American Museum Adds Billionaire Board Member

  • Post and Courier
  • January 29, 2017 14:15
Proposed site of the International African American Museum in Charleston

A proposed $75 million International African American Museum in Charleston, SC, has gotten the boost of a new billionaire board member. Sheila Johnson, billionaire CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owner of three professional sports teams, has agreed to join the museum’s board of ...

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Artist Christo Quits 20-Year, $15 Million Project in Protest of Trump

  • January 26, 2017 17:48
Christo, Over The River (Project for Arkansas River, State of Colorado), Drawing 2010.  13 7/8 x 15 1/4" (35.2 x 38.7 cm) .Pencil, pastel, charcoal and wax crayon Photo: André Grossmann © 2010 Christo

Renowned artist Christo has decided to halt his current Over the River project after two decades of work and $15 million of his own money has already been invested in it.  "I can't do a project that benefits this landlord," said Christo to the New York Times, of the federal land to be used for ...

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Still Foward-Looking: The Four Freedoms

  • January 26, 2017 12:10
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Freedom of Speech,” 1943, Story illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” February 20, 1943.  Norman Rockwell Museum Collections.  ©1943 SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN.

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The ...

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Inside NYC's Outsider Art Fair

  • January 19, 2017 18:47
Prophet Royal Robertson at SHRINE, booth 58.

In New York this weekend, the 2017 Outsider Art Fair, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion from January 19-22, marks the fair's 25th anniversary. The show's focus still remains self-taught, visionary and naive artists; folk artists working outside the realm of formal instruction; and those ...

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National Endowments for the Arts, Humanities Could Face Elimination Under Trump

  • The Hill
  • January 19, 2017 15:41
NEA Chairman Jane Chu quote

The Hill first reported that staff from the Trump transition team have been briefing White House career staff ahead of the inauguration about plans to slash government spending -- from major cuts for several departments to all out eliminations.  Budget cuts and program deletions are said to be ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

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Chinese Authorities Destroy Fake Terracotta Army at Bogus Attraction

  • Xinhua
  • January 17, 2017 20:37
The real terracotta army

A site with 40 copies of the famed terracotta warriors was demolished by Chinese authorities in a raid on Wednesday, according to reports. Tourists were confused, with one posting an online complaint, when they were duped into visiting the underwhelming, copycat attraction in the Lintong ...

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Swiss Art Dealer Sues Getty Museum for $77 Million

  • Courthouse News Service
  • January 17, 2017 20:37
A statue from the Torlonia collection.

In a federal lawsuit on Jan. 12, a Swiss art dealer claimed that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles unfairly dropped it from a deal for a portion of a multi-billion dollar private collection of Roman antiquities that the dealer was brokering, reports Courthouse News. Phoenix Art, of Geneva, claims ...

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Jeff Bezos Buys Museum Building for Private Residence

  • Washington Post
  • January 16, 2017 22:31
The former building of the Textile Museum was bought by Jeff Bezos.

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos has bought the former Textile Museum, a 27,000 square-foot property, intending to convert it into a single-family home, reports the Washington Post. The property sold for $23 million in cash. It is in the same neighborhood as the Obama's ...

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Wildenstein Patriarch Cleared in Tax Fraud Case

  • BBC
  • January 12, 2017 13:58
Guy Wildenstein

A French judge cleared art dealer Guy Wildenstein and seven other defendants of trying to conceal hundreds of millions of euros in assets, including paintings and international properties from French tax authorities. Even while the judge conceded that a "clear attempt" was made to hide assets, ...

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Maria Balshaw Expected to Succeed Serota as Tate Director

  • Manchester Evening News
  • January 11, 2017 20:40
Maria Balshaw

Maria Balshaw has been named as the likely successor of Sir Nicholas Serota, following his 30-year leadership, as the new director of London's Tate Galleries. Known for her revitalization of Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery, Balshaw would become the first female director of the Tate. The ...

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Hamilton Musical Set Designer Installs Display for Sotheby's Americana Week

  • January 11, 2017 15:28
Edward Hicks, Penn's Treaty (estimate $800,000/1.2 million)

David Korins, set designer for the Broadway hit Hamilton, served as creative director for Sotheby's installation of Americana Week in New York. Previews opened Wednesday for the blockbuster sales series, from Jan. 18 to 21, with art and objects that span centuries of American craftsmanship. ...

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Sumida Hokusai Museum, Dedicated to 'The Great Wave' Artist, Opens in Japan

  • Curbed
  • January 09, 2017 22:18
The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

Curbed reports that a stunning new museum designed by Kazuyo Sejima—half of the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA—opened in Tokyo, Japan last November. The Sumida Hokusai Museum was established to highlight the work of Katsushika Hokusai, a world-renowned ukiyo-e woodblock painter who was born ...

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Google Augmented Reality Platform Enters Museum Sphere at DIA

  • The Verge
  • January 09, 2017 22:18
Lumin at DIA

Verge reports that Google is partnering with select museums to bring its augmented reality platform called Tango to devices that will enhance visitor experience. Detroit Institute of Arts is the first institution to partner with Google in the endeavor, along with mobile developer GuidiGO. DIA ...

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