Stolen Paul Signac Painting Discovered in Ukraine

  • Daily Beast
  • April 25, 2019 14:39
The 1915 painting "Port of La Rochelle" by Paul Signac, that was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France, last year, shown at a briefing on April 23, 2019, at the Interior Ministry in Kiev, Ukraine.

An Impressionist painting stolen from a museum in France was found in the Ukraine home of a man being investigated for murder. Valued at $1.7 million, Paul Signac's 1915 work, titled Port de La Rochelle, was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France, last year. The work was cut from ...

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Art Detective Pushes the IRA Theory in Gardner Art Heist

  • Boston Herald
  • April 22, 2019 19:20
Vermeer's The Concert.  Whereabouts unknown since the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in 1990.

Dutch art detective Arthur Brand told the Boston Herald that he's been in touch with the IRA, following up on one theory that 13 priceless paintings stolen in the world's biggest art heist have been hidden in Ireland for 3 decades.  The March 1990 crime left the world without the masterpieces ...

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The Extraordinary 'Journeys' of Artist-Explorer Tony Foster Remind Us That Everyday is Earth Day

  • April 21, 2019 22:48
Two of Tony Foster's complete watercolor 'Journeys' are on view at The Foster, Palo Alto, Calif.

“It was about the human need to revere certain natural places in the world.”— Tony Foster says of his art. British artist-explorer Tony Foster (b. 1946) might seem like a relic of the past with his 19th-century style of highly-detailed watercolor landscapes. Yet Foster's work has special ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed April 14 to 19

  • April 14, 2019 22:05
Ursula von Rydingsvard, For Natasha, 2015; Cedar and graphite, 9 ft.  1 in.  x 6 ft.  7 in.  x 3 ft.  6 in.; © Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.; Photo by Michael Bodycomb

ARTFIXdaily is closed April 14 to 19 during a redesign of some features. Subscribers can look for the next e-newsletter on April 22. A buzzworthy exhibition on view now: Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling National Museum of the Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, through July 28, ...

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Salvador Dalí Museum Plans a $38 Million Expansion With More Augmented Reality Exhibits

  • April 09, 2019 19:00
Opening June 15, 2019, "Visual Magic: Dali’s Masterworks in Augmented Reality," will include The Hallucinogenic Toreador by Salvador Dalí, 1968–1970.  ©Salvador Dalí.  Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Artists Rights Society), 2017 / In the USA ©Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc.  St.  Petersburg, FL 2017.

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, has announced plans for a major $38 million expansion. Around $30 million of that estimated cost would go to constuction of a new wing with 20,000 square feet for community spaces and digital exhibits. One expense will be 'Digital Dalí,' an ...

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L.A. County Supervisors Approve Funds for the $650 Million New LACMA Building

  • LAist
  • April 09, 2019 19:00
Rendering for a new LACMA building

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to provide $117.5 million in county funding to move forward LACMA's new building plan. The total cost estimate for the project is $650 million, to be largely culled from private donations. Art-loving actors Brad Pitt and Diane ...

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Cottingley Fairies Photos from An Early 20th Century Viral Hoax Hit the Auction Block

  • Guardian
  • April 03, 2019 18:41
Frances Griffiths photograph of her cousin Elsie Wright in 1920.

"Photographs of what is considered to be one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century are expected to fetch nearly £70,000 when they are sold at auction," reports The Guardian. "Pictures of the Cottingley Fairies were taken in July and September 1917 by the 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her ...

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Where In the World Is 'Salvator Mundi'?

  • New York Times
  • March 31, 2019 23:55
Detail of Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ painted as 'Savior of the World,' was called a rediscovered masterpiece...and now its location is unknown. This artwork's bizarre saga involves an image of Jesus getting a near-half-billion dollar world record auction price from a Saudi bidder at ...

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Museums Reject Sackler Donations As New York Adds Another Lawsuit Naming Family Members

  • New York Times
  • March 28, 2019 18:17
The Sackler Courtyard, V&A Exhibition Road Quarter.  Image © Hufton + Crow

The billionaire Sackler family faces a fresh lawsuit from the state of New York over the role of some of its members in the opioid crisis. As owners of Purdue Pharma, makers of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, several Sackler family members are under scrutiny for aggressively marketing a drug ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed March 18 to 22

  • March 17, 2019 22:17
Southern California Coast by George Symons (1861-1930) Oil on canvas – 40 x 50 inches.  The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine

ARTFIXdaily is closed this week for maintenance. E-newsletter service will resume on March 25. This week: Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine, has on view (to March 20) a tribute to the California Coast entitled Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode the California Coast, ...

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This Week: A Stolen-Found De Kooning Resurfaces, and Police Fool Thieves With Fake Brueghel

  • March 14, 2019 12:23
University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tuscon will once again display de Kooning's Woman-Ochre after a restoration and exhibit at the Getty.  The painting was stolen in 1985, and found in 2017 at an estate sale.

Willem de Kooning's 'Woman-Ochre,' recently rediscovered in an estate sale after being stolen from a museum in 1985, will finally see the light of day. Said to be worth $100 million, the painting was found for sale by a New Mexico antiques dealer in 2017. It had been cut from its frame and ...

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Silicon Valley Plans to Erect a Monument to Itself

  • The Atlantic
  • March 11, 2019 22:24

Silicon Valley has a new initiative underway for a landmark that speaks to the tech hub's influence.  Mounting "techlash" over the role Facebook and other companies have in undermining public life are behind this need for Silicon Valley to "cement its legacy in the built environment," claims ...

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Another Year Passes Without National Medal of Arts Awards

  • March 05, 2019 22:18
Will Barnet, Self-Portrait, 1981, was part of the exhibition "Will Barnet at 100" – the artist’s first New York museum retrospective – at the National Academy Museum on Sept.  16-Dec.  31, 2011.  Barnet received a 2011 National Medal of Arts on Feb.  13, 2012

The White House's prestigious annual recognition of American artists, the National Medal of Arts awards, have not been announced or given since President Trump took office in January 2017. This represents the longest gap between ceremonies since the founding of the award in 1985. The arts have ...

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Hank Willis Thomas Picked to Create Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Monument for Boston

  • March 05, 2019 22:18
Rendering of “The Embrace” designed by Hank Willis Thomas with MASS Design Group.

Hank Willis Thomas was selected as the winner of a competition for a public monument in Boston to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The Kings met in Boston while he was attending theology school at Boston University and she was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music in ...

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USPS Honors Artist Ellsworth Kelly With 2019 Stamps

  • March 01, 2019 10:40
Ellsworth Kelly 2019 stamp collection from USPS.

The USPS will issue 2019 stamps featuring the vibrant work of American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015). The selection comes after Forever® stamp collections that have honored Andrew Wyeth (in 2017), Hudson River School artists (in 2014), and modern masters including Duchamp, Davis, Demuth and ...

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After Prison Sentencing, Art Dealer Mary Boone Will Close Her Gallery

  • ARTnews
  • February 24, 2019 22:16
New York magazine in 1982 with Mary Boone on the cover.

Veteran New York art dealer Mary Boone, 67, will shutter her eponymous gallery. She was sentenced on Feb. 14 to thirty months in prison for filing false tax returns, with prosecutors alleging that she defrauded the IRS of over $3 million. “I had 49 wonderful years in art,” Boone told ARTnews. ...

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The Met Will Return A Newly Acquired Antiquity to Egypt Due to Dubious Provenance

  • New York Times
  • February 19, 2019 14:40
The golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will return a golden-sheathed coffin from the 1st century B.C. to Egypt after investigators revealed the piece was allegedly looted in 2011. Newly acquired for nearly $4 million by the Met, the heavily ornamented artifact was inscribed for Nedjemankh, a ...

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Blenheim Palace Displays New Acquisitions of Key Works From Its Lost Collections

  • February 14, 2019 22:29
Churchill's Coast Scene on the Riviera

A new exhibition at the UK's magnificent Blenheim Palace is showcasing recently acquired works of art, including rarely seen works by Sir Winston Churchil, and family portraits from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. "Art and the Churchill Family" is on view through March 16. Blenheim has a ...

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'Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form' Brings Together Key Works by the Famed Regionalist at The Surovek Gallery

  • February 06, 2019 13:41
Thomas Hart Benton, “Youth Music - Study”, 1973.  Oil on board, 14 ¼ x 17 ¾ inches.

The Surovek Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, is presenting a new exhibition of around 65 works by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), the famed Regionalist painter known for chronicling the beauty, joys and sorrows of everyday life in America. On view from February 7 to March 15, 2019, "Thomas Hart ...

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From Maroon 5's Adam Levine to a De Young Museum Exhibition This Summer, Tattoo Art Won't Be Unseen

  • February 05, 2019 13:22
Don Ed Hardy (American, b.  1945) Surf or Die, 2004.  Color lithograph with metallic gold powder, 772 x 572 mm (30 3/8 x 22 1/2 in.) Printed by Bud Shark.  Published by Shark’s Ink, Colorado.

On Sunday, the Super Bowl halftime performance with Maroon 5 gave a surprising show of tattoo body art. After band frontman Adam Levine stripped off his shirt, an eyeful of tattooed words, symbols and images came into full view. Notably, "CALIFORNIA" inscribed across the singer's abdomen, plus ...

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