Museum of Fine Arts Boston Brings Degas Pastel to Life

  • July 19, 2018 19:43
Edgar Degas, Dancers Resting, 1881–85.  Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard.  Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection.

A pastel of ballerinas by Edgar Degas has been enacted by two members of the Boston Ballet to highlight the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's summer exhibtion of pastels. It was also the artist's birthday on Thursday. The brief clip shows the ballerinas reflect the composition of the Degas work, ...

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Houston Man Sells Picasso Artwork on Nextdoor

  • Austin360
  • July 18, 2018 11:55

A Houston man recently offered up a portrait that he listed as by Pablo Picasso on Nextdoor. Known as an online forum for neighbors to share local information, sell items, and (oftentimes) complain to eachother, Nextdoor seems an unlikely platform to have success with art-selling, yet the ...

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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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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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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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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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Man Busted in Fraud Scam After Offering Gardner Museum's Missing Masterpieces on Craigslist

  • Boston Herald
  • May 16, 2018 13:57
The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, from 1633, is the only seascape by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn.  It was cut from its frame and stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1990.

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for offering online two stolen artworks from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Todd Andrew Desper was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge to time served and three years of supervised release, three months of which will be spent in home ...

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Modigliani Nude Fetches $157.2 Million at Sotheby's

  • May 14, 2018 22:25
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)," 1917.

Amedeo Modigliani's largest work and his greatest nude has become the most valuable artwork ever sold at Sothebys—selling for $157 million in the May 14 Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale. Nu couché was acquired by its previous owner, Irish billionaire John Magnier, at auction in 2003 for ...

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25,000 People Bought a Piece of One Picasso

  • AD
  • May 03, 2018 21:02
Detail, Picasso's Musketeer Bust, 1968.

With Picasso's 'Musketeer Bust,' it's All for One, and One for All when 25,000 online buyers purchase the artwork. From Architectural Digest: QoQa is a Swiss website that typically offers discounted household items (like cooking utensils) or cheap airfare (like tickets to a number of North ...

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French Museum Discovers More Than Half of Its Art is Fake

  • BBC
  • April 30, 2018 12:54
'Collioure in the Pyrenees' by Étienne Terrus

Terrus museum in Elne in the south of France announced Friday that 82 works originally attributed to the Impressionist artist Étienne Terrus (1857-1922) are actually not by him. More than half the museum's collection is thought to be fake, prompting the town's mayor Yves Barniol to call the ...

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Modigliani Nude Could Bring $150 Million in Blockbuster Auction Series

  • CNBC
  • April 24, 2018 13:17
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)," 1917.

Record-breaking May sales are expected at the major New York auction houses with a nude painting by Amedeo Modigliani estimated to bring $150 million, representing the highest auction estimate ever. The two week sale series at the major auction houses could possibly total over $2 billion. A ...

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Antonio Banderas Portrays Picasso in 'Genius' Series

  • New York Times
  • April 19, 2018 23:05
Antonio Banderas plays Pablo Picasso in NatGeo's "Genius: Picasso" anthology series.

Actor Antonio Banderas, a native of Spain, seems to be perfectly cast as Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2, which premieres April 24. The first season of “Genius”, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, was nominated for 10 Emmys, and was watched by over 45 million ...

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Artwork from La Salle University Collection Hits the Auction Block

  • The Inquirer
  • April 18, 2018 13:00
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), The Temptation of St.  Anthony, painted in 1945-1946.  Oil on canvas in the artist's painted frame.  47⅞ x 35⅞ in (121.4 x 91.2 cm).  Estimate: $400,000-600,000.  This work is offered in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on 16 May at Christie’s in New York

Philadelphia's La Salle University is unloading a trove of 46 American and European artworks from its museum collections through Christie's in a series of sales beginning in New York this week. School trustees say the sale proceeds will fund initiatives from La Salle University’s five-year ...

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Judge Rules for Berkshire Museum Sales of Norman Rockwell, Other Artworks

  • New York Times
  • April 06, 2018 14:33
THOMAS WILMER DEWING, The White Dress.  Oil on canvas.

A Massachusetts judge on Thursday gave the final approval for Berkshire Museum's controversial plan to sell artworks from its collections, including a significant Norman Rockwell painting that the artist gifted to the Pittsfield, Mass., institution.  The decision comes after a seven month ...

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Constable Painting Returned to Heir in Notable Swiss Restitution Case

  • ARTnews
  • April 04, 2018 22:31
John Constable, Dedham from Langham, 1813.

Switzerland has a sparse history in returning Nazi-looted art to rightful heirs. A recent case bucks the trend and shows the success of one man's quiet, but steely determination to recover his family's art collection, which was decades-ago seized and forcefully sold by France's Vichy government ...

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Art Dealer Graham Arader Lists His Antiques-Filled Hudson River Estate

  • Bloomberg
  • April 01, 2018 22:39

New York-based antique map, book, and print specialist W. Graham Arader has listed his 1850s Italianate Victorian residence in Nyack, New York, one of several of his historic residences. “I own the seventh-oldest house in San Francisco,” he told Bloomberg, “I own the only pristine beaux-arts ...

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New Contemporary Art Museum to Debut in Florence

  • Firenze
  • March 18, 2018 19:53
Giorgio Morandi Natura morta, 1958 oil on canvas, 11 3/4 × 13 3/4 in Paesaggio, 1942 oil on canvas, 19 5/8 × 17 3/4 in © Giorgio Morandi, by SIAE 2018

Art collector Roberto Casamonti, founder of the Tornabuoni Art gallery, will open a contemporary art museum in Florence, Italy, on March 24. Housed in the Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, a Renaissance building overlooking Santa Trinita square, the museum will bring 20th century to contemporary ...

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Hearst Castle Tour Guides Help Identify Artist of 17th-Century Painting

  • San Luis Obispo
  • March 07, 2018 22:26
Hearst Castle

Two tour guides at the historic castle built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst have helped unravel the mystery of attribution behind a 17th century artwork in the museum's collection. On a tour, a ray of sunshine illuminated a previously unnoticed or overlooked monogram and inscription on ...

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UK Art Dealer Indicted in $50 Million Money-Laundering Scheme

  • Bloomberg
  • March 06, 2018 22:59
Picasso, Personnage, 1965,

U.S. prosecutors contend that a $50 million international stock-manipulation scam went bust when an undercover FBI agent was offered a Picasso to launder illicit profits. Six people and four companies have been named in the indictment handed down in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday. “The ...

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Mystery Lingers Over Fate of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo

  • Independent
  • February 20, 2018 20:24
Aerial view of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate

Huguette Clark, the copper heiress who died at age 104 in 2011, left a will that envisioned her California mansion be turned into an arts nonprofit. Years later, the fate of the reclusive multimillionaire's 23-acre estate in Santa Barbara is still not clear. Her oceanside Bellosguardo estate ...

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