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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Motherwell Painting Found After Missing for Four Decades

  • New York Times
  • July 15, 2018 16:39
Robert Motherwell's Untitled, 1967

A monumental painting by 20th century American master Robert Motherwell was recently found after going missing four decades ago, announced the FBI and Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, last week. Berman said: “The storied past of this ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed From June 25 to July 6

  • June 24, 2018 23:45
Rendering of For Lazy Lobster, part of the Artscapes series at the de Young museum in San Francisco this summer, by Cosima von Bonin, 2018.  Courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from June 25 to July 6. Subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on July 9. ArtGuild members may continue to post press releases to the ArtWire section during the closure. The image above is for Artscapes, a new series of playful installations designed by artists ...

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Gallery Owner Arrested for Placing 11-Foot Drug Spoon Sculpture Outside Purdue Pharma

  • Hartford Courant
  • June 24, 2018 23:45
"Purdue" by Domenic Esposito

From the Hartford Courant: A Stamford, Connecticut, art gallery owner was arrested and charged with a criminal misdemeanor and a felony Friday morning after dropping an 800-pound steel sculpture of a bent, burnt heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma, a top manufacturer of opioids, and then ...

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Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

  • June 20, 2018 18:49
Grafton Tyler Brown, Cascade Cliffs, Columbia River, 1885.  Oil on canvas.  17 x 32 inches.  Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art.  Photo © John Wilson White Studio

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced this week that the Southern California institution will close its doors. On June 13, at a PMCA Board meeting, Chairman Jim Crawford recommended that the museum close after the current exhibitions ...

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Italy Reopens Investigation Into Missing Caravaggio Masterpiece

  • Telegraph
  • June 20, 2018 17:08
A copy of "Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco" by Caravaggio hangs where the original was stolen from a church in Sicily.

Nearly 50 years have passed since a Caravaggio masterpiece was stolen, in a case considered by the FBI as in the top 10 art crimes worldwide. Investigators in Italy are now reopening the case of Caravaggio's missing Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco, which was cut from its frame ...

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Napoleon's Hat From Waterloo Battle Brings $400,000 at Auction

  • New York Times
  • June 18, 2018 18:13
Napoleon reviews the Imperial Guard before the Battle of Jena.

A hat said to have been dropped by Napoleon Bonaparte on the battlefield of Waterloo catapulted to about $400,000 at an auction in France. The over 200-year-old artifact, one of 19 extant of Napoleon's iconic black bicorns, sold in Lyon for 350,000 euros, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of ...

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Second Major Fire Consumes Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building

  • The Art Newspaper
  • June 18, 2018 18:13

A blaze that broke out on June 15 at Glasgow School of Art has left its historic heart devastated for a second time since a fire in 2014. Considered Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) building was undergoing a massive £35m restoration, including the ...

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Gardner Museum Links Past and Present in Exhibition Featuring Prized Antiquity

  • WBUR
  • June 17, 2018 22:55
Detail of Farnese Sarcophagus, about 225 AD.  Marble, 163.2 x 62.23 x 26.67 cm (64 1/4 x 24 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum now explores the storied history and singular beauty of the Farnese Sarcophagus—as a centerpeice of a new exhibition—featuring its recent conservation, in-depth scholarship and a 3D artistic repsonse to the ancient artifact. With its glorious images of ...

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'Frida Mania' Hits London, Lands on Google Arts & Culture

  • June 14, 2018 12:44
Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939.  © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

This week, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum opened the much-anticipated show Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up, on view until November 4. Frida look-a-likes showed up dressed in Kahlo's signature style at the exhibition opening. On view are many objects that have never left the artist's homeland; ...

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Chinese Vase Found in Shoebox Fetches $19 Million at Auction

  • ABC
  • June 13, 2018 18:59
detail

An 18th-century Chinese vase found in a shoebox in an attic in France has sold for 16.2 million euros ($19.1 million) at auction in Paris, reports Reuters. The vase went for more than 20 times the pre-sale low estimate of 500,000 euros, making it the highest price ever for a single item sold by ...

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Ralph Coburn, Abstract Artist, Remembered

  • Miami Herald
  • June 10, 2018 23:39
Ralph Coburn's "Blue, White, Green”

Abstract artist Ralph Coburn died June 5 in Miami, age 94. “Not enough people know about Coburn’s work, which is spare, beautiful, witty, and uncannily satisfying,” Sebastian Smee, the then art critic for Boston Globe, wrote in 2010. “Coburn himself, I’ve been told, is modest to a fault, which ...

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Father Countersued Over Basquiat Painting Sale

  • Courthouse News Service
  • June 10, 2018 23:11

From Courthouse New Service: Claiming that her father’s lawsuit gutted the auction of a Basquiat masterpiece, the middle daughter in a family of art collectors brought a $100 million legal demand of her own Thursday in the latest swat of an ugly family dispute. “Flesh and Spirit” sold for ...

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20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

  • June 06, 2018 11:56
Charles Burchfield, Bee Hepaticus, 1962.  Collisart, Stand A32.

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

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New V&A Location Part of £1.1 Billion Transformation of East London Into Cultural Hub

  • The Times
  • June 05, 2018 22:23
Rendering for the new V&A building

A new outpost for the V&A is part of a £1.1 billion plan for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to be transformed into the “East Bank,” a cultural hub hosting branches of Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion and University College London (UCL). London Mayor Sadiq Khan ...

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$1 Billion Grand Egyptian Museum Readies for Opening

  • CNN
  • June 05, 2018 19:43
Interior rendering, Grand Egyptian Museum

Egypt hopes to lure tourists again with its $1 billion Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in a soft launch by year's end. The largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization, the new 5.2-million-square-foot building is a draw in itself, offering a sweeping overlook of the Great ...

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UK's Corbyn Backs Returning Parthenon Sculptures to Greece

  • Independent
  • June 04, 2018 11:17
Parthenon Sculptures

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn would return the Parthenon sculptures to Greece if elected Prime Minister, he said in an interview with Greek newspaper Ta Nea. Corbyn believes the sculptures, also called the Elgin Marbles, "belong to Greece." The international cultural agency UNESCO also weighed ...

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Museum Sells Chinese Vase from Storage for $14.5 Million

  • Tulsa World
  • May 30, 2018 23:49
detail

A museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has sold an exquisite vase -- long tucked away in storage -- for a windfall at auction. The piece was made in the early 1700s at the order of the Chinese emperor Qianlong.  The vase was offered in Christie's Hong Kong spring sales series that fetched a total $399 ...

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Vodka-Driven Man Attacks Painting in Moscow Museum

  • South China Morning Post
  • May 29, 2018 18:41
Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581, by Ilya Repin

An 1885 masterwork by Russian realist Ilya Repin was badly damaged by a museum visitor in Moscow, sparking a renewed look into museum security across Russia, and the sale of alcohol in galleries.  From South China Morning Post: One of Russia’s leading art galleries announced on Monday it ...

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U.S. Investigation into Art Dealer Fizzles After $450 Million Da Vinci Sale

  • Bloomberg
  • May 29, 2018 13:39
In November 2017, Christie’s New York sold 'Salvator Mundi,' a depiction of Christ as ‘Saviour of the World,’ by Leonardo da Vinci, for $450,312,500 (including buyer’s premium), the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

When Leonardo da Vinci's ethereal "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-smashing $450 million last fall, a year-long federal investigation into a Swiss art dealer's mark-ups of artworks sold to a Russian billionaire seems to have evaporated. A longstanding dispute between fertilizer magnate Dmitry ...

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