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'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 ...

Paul Allen, Microsoft Cofounder and Art Collector, Remembered

ARTnews / October 15th, 2018

Paul Allen, the multibillionaire technology entrepreneur and art collector, died on Monday at age 65. The cause was complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his family. With his vast fortune built from cofounding Microsoft and investments, Allen was known for his ...

Russian Billionaire Rybolovlev Hits Sotheby's With $380 Million Lawsuit

Bloomberg / October 3rd, 2018

Bloomberg's Katya Kazakina reports: The epic international legal drama that has pitted a Russian billionaire against a Swiss art entrepreneur [Yves Bouvier] took a new turn on Tuesday with Dmitry Rybolovlev slapping Sotheby’s auction house with a $380 million lawsuit in New York. Rybolovlev ...

Italy Attempts to Foil The Frick's 'Most Important Painting Purchase' in Decades

ArtfixDaily / August 26th, 2018

In December, New York's Frick Collection revealed that it had made its most important painting purchase since 1991. Now, the Italian government says it didn't realize that the painting's subject was a prince, and officials want to keep the painting in the country. The Frick had announced its ...

Artworks Rediscovered in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's Vault in 2019 Exhibition

The Art Newspaper / August 15th, 2018

A trove of artworks hidden away in Iran's Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art will finally be on display next year. A planned exhibition of the long unseen works was scrapped for Berlin last year, and selections are now scheduled to show in Tehran. Modern American and European masterworks, and ...