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U.S. Adds Chinese Art and Antiques to Proposed 25 Percent Tariff List

Gazette / May 23rd, 2019

As the Trump administration escalates its trade war with China, Chinese art and antiques could be subjected to a 25% import tax along with $200-billion worth of Chinese-made goods in a new 194-page tariff list. Last August, arts industry representatives in Washington successfully removed ...

Rediscovered Hokusai Work Displayed in Tokyo Exhibition While His 'Great Wave' Hits Chicago - and Banknotes

SF Gate / May 5th, 2019

Among Japan's most well-known artists, Edo-period ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) --- who created the iconic "The Great Wave off Kanagawa," which will feature on a Japanese banknote for the first time starting in 2024  --- is the subject of a new exhibition that ...

Known as Museum Donors, Sackler Family Now Under More Scrutiny in OxyContin Lawsuits

Boston / January 20th, 2019

Long-celebrated as arts and culture philanthropists, the Sackler family is increasingly in headlines for their company's role in pushing OxyContin, the prescription drug that has helped fuel a nationwide opioid epidemic. A legal filing filed in Massachusetts last week newly alleges that 8 Sackler ...

Record Setting $65 Million Chinese Painting Tops Strong Sale in Hong Kong

CNN / October 1st, 2018

CNN: A painting by the Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki sold for a record 510 million Hong Kong dollars ($65 million) Sunday, leading one of Asia's largest ever art auctions. The artist's abstract work "Juin-Octobre 1985" is now the most expensive painting ever to go under the hammer in Hong ...

Museum Featuring Westervelt CEO Jack Warner's Collection Will Close, and More Art Sold

ArtfixDaily / August 23rd, 2018

The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art in Alabama, housing the renowned collection of 17th-20th century American and Asian fine art, furniture and decorative arts formed by the late Westervelt Company CEO Jack Warner, will close on Aug. 31. In a statement the museum noted: "While The Westervelt Company ...

Ai Weiwei's New Work 'Life Cycle' Debuts in L.A. This Fall

ArtfixDaily / August 19th, 2018

Marciano Art Foundation will present a solo exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, on view from September 28, 2018 — March 3, 2019, at the Los Angeles non-profit. This exhibition is Ai’s first major institutional exhibition in Los Angeles and will feature the new and unseen work Life ...

GQ Investigates the Rise in Chinese Art Thefts Worldwide

GQ / August 19th, 2018

GQ sent writer Alex W. Palmer to investigate the sharp increase in Chinese art heists at museums worldwide. In 2010, there was a brazen break-in at the Swedish royal residence, with the state collection at the Chinese Pavilion raided of antiquities on the grounds of Drottningholm Palace. Not ...

Tariff Plan Could Dampen U.S. Market in Chinese Art

Bloomberg / August 9th, 2018

From Bloomberg: The art world is growing anxious about President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. The administration’s list of $200 billion in goods targeted for duties includes paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics and historical collectibles, along with antiques older than 100 ...

Man Charged With Stealing Terracotta Warrior's Thumb

New York Times / February 19th, 2018

A Delaware man has been charged with stealing the thumb of a $4.5 million terracotta warrior figure on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Michael Rohana was attending a Christmastime ugly sweater party at the museum when he entered the closed-off loan exhibition room, took a ...

From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

ArtfixDaily / December 4th, 2017

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in ...

Guggenheim Pulls Artworks from China Exhibition Amid Threats

ArtfixDaily / September 26th, 2017

Threats of violence have forced the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to withdraw three controversial works featuring animals from an upcoming exhibition. "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World," a survey of Chinese contemporary art made between the 1989 Tiananmen Square ...

Asian Art Museum Clinches Guinness World Record for Largest Human Flower Art

ArtfixDaily / July 17th, 2017

A Guinness World Record was set Saturday when the Asian Art Museum organized 2,405 people at San Francisco's Civic Center to form a huge green and pink lotus flower together.  Dubbed Lotus Live, the event created the largest recorded human flower art and was meant to mark the 50th ...

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

Antiques and the Arts Weekly / January 18th, 2017

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 ...

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

Curbed / January 9th, 2017

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 ...

National Gallery of Australia to Get $11 Million in Compensation for Stolen Statue

ABC / September 26th, 2016

The Supreme Court of New York has granted a motion in favour of a $11 million payment to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), as compensation for its purchase of a stolen Indian antiquity from disgraced New York art dealer Subhash Kapoor that was later returned to India. The court has ...

New Book Compiles the Best in Botanic Imagery

PHAIDON / August 24th, 2016

Plant: Exploring the Botancial World is a new compilation of 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever made. From Phaidon, the 353-page book will be released in September and includes a seminal Georgia O'Keeffe painting, exquisite images assembled by the Royal Botanic Garden ...

Chinese Company Becomes Major Shareholder in Sotheby's

New York Times / August 1st, 2016

China's Taikang Life Insurance disclosed last Wednesday that it had become Sotheby's biggest shareholder, with a 13.52% stake. Taikang is run by Chinese tycoon Chen Dongsheng, who helped found China Guardian Auction Co. Chen is an established power player in the Chinese art market. He modeled ...

T Magazine Uncovers The Lost Frescoes of Rajasthan

T Magazine - New York Times / May 9th, 2016

In the desert, painted onto once-great — and now, mostly abandoned — houses, is dazzling proof of the Indian state's opulent history. Aatish Taseer writes of this extraordinary past in T Magazine's upcoming May 22 Travel issue:  The pale hard land surrounding Delhi runs west into the ...

Japanese Dealer Arrested for Offering Stolen Antiquity in New York

NY Post / March 22nd, 2016

A second-century sculpture called “Footprints of Buddha,” set to be shown in New York by Japanese antiquities dealer Tatsuzo Kaku, was allegedly stolen in 1989, according to authorities. Kaku was arrested on March 14 at the Mark Hotel on East 77th Street for smuggling in the $1.1 million ...

Gang Members Found Guilty in $79 Million U.K. Museum Thefts

BBC / February 29th, 2016

After a four-year investigation, members of an international organized crime gang have been found guilty in the thefts of artifacts worth up to £57m ($79m). Fourteen men will be sentenced in April for the raids on museums and an auction house in the U.K. Chinese jade and rhino horn were among ...