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Fragonard's 'The Souvenir,' Fabritius' 'The Goldfinch' in Movies Draw New Audiences to Museums

Guardian / September 15th, 2019

Fragonard's image of a lovestruck Julie D’Etange and Fabritius' portrait of a tiny chained bird from the Dutch Golden Age loom large in two 2019 films that draw inspiration from classic artworks. A well-received film released earlier this year in the U.S. and recently in the U.K. has ...

After Auctioneer's Tip, Los Angeles Police Seek Owners of Art Trove Stolen in the '90s

Los Angeles Times / September 4th, 2019

A Southern California auctioneer alerted police when stolen items were brought in for valuation this summer. The Los Angeles Police Department is now searching for the original owners of over 100 paintings, antiques, documents, antique firearms and collectibles that were taken in the 1990s from ...

Crime Ring Used Social Media For Multi-million Dollar Art Thefts Around Houston

Houston Chronicle (slideshow includes images of stolen artwork) / July 25th, 2019

Burglars used social media to monitor victims' activities, scout their homes, and steal millions in artwork and other property, say Houston police. Seven people have been arrested in connection to the crimes. Among the victims was attorney Tony Buzbee, who is running for Houston mayor. He ...

Artist Leo Villareal Lights Up London With 'Illuminated River' Across Thames Bridges

ArtfixDaily / July 18th, 2019

Heads of traitors on spikes, bustling industry, quiet moonlit scenes by artists from Grimshaw to Whistler, the River Thames and its bridges have figured large in the lore of London. Now the public will see the historic waterway in a whole new light. Artist Leo Villareal – in collaboration with ...

'Lost' Caravaggio Valued at $170M Sells Prior to Auction

Los Angeles Times / June 26th, 2019

A recently attributed Caravaggio painting of Judith decapitating Assyrian general Holofernes sold privately earlier this week before a scheduled auction on Thursday. "Judith and Holofernes" depicts the dramatic Bible story of a Jewish heroine's efforts to save her people from the invading ...

The First US Museum Devoted to Posters Debuts in June

Hyperallergic / June 5th, 2019

This summer, the U.S. will get its first poster museum with the opening of The Poster House in New York. The 15,000 square-foot museum debuts June 20 on West 23rd Street in Chelsea, Manhattan. The space includes three exhibition spaces, interactive displays, and a children’s area. A ...

Ahead of Exhibition, Restorers Discover a Monet Water Lilies Painting Under His 'Wisteria'

New York Times / June 3rd, 2019

Claude Monet intended for his final masterpieces to be shown together in a Paris museum. The French state chose the Orangerie at the Tuileries to install his “Grandes Decorations," a series of now-prized water lily paintings created at the Impressionist's resplendent garden in Giverny. But ...

Simon de Pury Wins Legal Dispute With Friend Over Commission in 'Handshake' Deal for Gauguin

ArtNews / May 16th, 2019

Former Sotheby’s Europe chairman Simon de Pury has won a legal battle with his childhood friend over the sale of one of the world’s most expensive paintings to the emir of Qatar, reports The National. Britain’s highest court ruled on Wednesday for de Pury, and Michaela de Pury, in a ...

Monet Haystack Brings the Impressionist's Record Price of $110.7 Million

Bloomberg / May 14th, 2019

An 1890 painting from the iconic haystack series by Claude Monet brought $110.7 million (with fees) at Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday, setting a record for the Impressionist painter. “Les Meules,” estimated to bring $55 million, went to a bidder on the floor after a near-8 minute ...

The Clark Demands German Far-Right Party Stops Using Its Art in Posters

CBS / April 30th, 2019

A 19th-century artwork that resides in a U.S. museum collection has been used in political posters by a German far-right political party, and the museum is not having it. "Slave Market," an 1866 canvas by Jean-Leon Gerome, depicts a black slave trader showing a young, naked, lighter-skinned ...

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

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2019

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 ...

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

ArtfixDaily / March 14th, 2019

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 ...

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

ArtfixDaily / February 14th, 2019

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 ...

The Art of Carl Gustav Jung Is Brought Together in a Slightly Mind-Blowing Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / February 5th, 2019

The Illuminated Imagination: The Art of C. G. Jung, an exhibition now on view at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, through April 28, 2019, shows that the famed Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung had a whole other side ...

Painting On Loan In Europe From MFA Houston Is Nazi Loot, Claim Heirs

Houston Chronicle / February 2nd, 2019

A legal claim has been filed for an artwork currently on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to a museum in Germany. Heirs of French real estate developer Gaston Levy, who lost his massive collection of French Impressionist artworks to the Nazis in World War II, say ...

Museum Readies to Display Newly Restored Multi-million Dollar Painting Found in Closet

Des Moines Register / January 23rd, 2019

In 2016, an Iowa museum director was looking in a closet for a Civil War-era flag when he found a long-lost painting worth millions. Now with a full restoration completed and a security system in place, "Apollo and Venus," the rediscovered ca. 1600 work by renowned Dutch artist Otto van Veen, ...

Virtually Browse (and Support) the 20 Museums Closed by the Government Shutdown

ArtfixDaily / January 15th, 2019

With the 19 federally-funded Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art in DC closed due to the continuing federal government shutdown, people can still view collections and support these vital American institutions--online. The Smithsonian website has an array of thematic exhibitions ...

Art Expert Says Cat Destroyed His Rare 17th-Century Painting

Telegraph / January 10th, 2019

A cat wrecked a rare 17th-century portrait painting, according to the pet's owner, UK-based art historian and writer Dr. Bendor Grosvenor. Grosvenor says the £5,000 ($6,371) artwork by Scottish artist John Michael Wright was scratched up by his cat, named Padme, after he had applied a warm ...

U.S. Judge to Hear Ongoing Case of Heir's Nazi-Looted Pissarro Held by Museum in Spain

Los Angeles Times / December 3rd, 2018

Nearly 80 years after a woman was forced to sell a painting to Nazi officials in order to escape Germany in 1939, a judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday will determine a case brought by her heirs against a museum in Spain that now has the artwork. Madrid’s Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza has ...

Thieves Take Renoir Painting Off Wall Just Prior to Auction in Vienna

CBS / November 28th, 2018

Three middle-aged men entered an auction house in Vienna and removed a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir from a wall on Monday, according to a police statement. The artwork was displayed on the second floor for an upcoming sale at the Dorotheum auction house. Each thief ...