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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 ...

Art Institute of Chicago Appoints New Director

Chicago Tribune / January 28th, 2016

After an international search, the Art Institute of Chicago has chosen James Rondeau, chair of the museum's department of modern and contemporary art, to replace Douglas Druick as president. The museum's board voted Thrusday morning for Rondeau, 46, to become president and Eloise W. Martin ...

Art Institute of Chicago Receives Its Largest Cash Gift Ever

Chicago Tribune / January 27th, 2016

Massachusetts collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg, who died in Jan. 2015, has donated $35 million in her will to the Art Insitute of Chicago. The gift is earmarked for new art purchases and the final amount of money is yet to be determined. A supporter of the museum for 25 years, Edinburg ...

2015 in Review: Art Crime

The Creators Project / December 26th, 2015

Sensational stories of art crimes were plenteous in 2015. The Creators Project has put together a list of some of the biggest headlines, ranging from ISIS destroying the ancient buildings and artifacts of Palmyra to the brazen Ukranian ultranationalists who seek an exorbitant "finder's fee" for ...

Indian Police Probe Deaths of Acclaimed Artist Hema Upadhyay and Her Lawyer

Times of India / December 14th, 2015

Hema Upadhyay, the renowned Indian artist, and her legal counsel, Harish Bhambhani, were found dead in Mumbai on Dec. 12. Police are investigating the deaths as murders and several people have been questioned, including Upadhyay's ex-husband. The 43-year-old artist and her lawyer were ...

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Highlights Something Old, Something New Aesthetic

ArtfixDaily / October 22nd, 2015

Rooted in Victorian times and infused with the energy of today's tech industry, San Francisco is a place where old and new, tradition and innovation, blend seamlessly. West Coast art collectors and designers just as easily mix styles and periods, and flock ...

Chinese Imperial Portrait Tops $344 Million Sale Series in Asia

Diamond World / October 8th, 2015

An imperial portrait depicting Chinese Emperor Qianlong's favorite consort fetched a record $17.6 million on Wednesday at Sotheby's in Hong Kong closing a five-day flurry of sales. An anonymous bidder prevailed after a 20-minute bidding battle for the painting by Italian ...

Indian Artist F.N. Souza's 'Birth' Brings Record $4 Million at Auction

Christie's / September 20th, 2015

Considered to be one of his finest works, 'Birth' by famed Indian artist Francis Newton Souza sold for a record $4.08 million (with buyer's premium) at Christie's New York on Sept. 17. The price set the record both for the artist and for any Indian painting. The sale total came to $8.7 million ...

Counter-protesters Escalate 'Kimono Controversy' at MFA Boston

Boston Globe / July 19th, 2015

Protests that erupted this month over 'Kimono Wednesdays" at the Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston, have spurred other voices in support of the new event. Visitors were encouraged to "channel their inner Camille Monet" and don a kimono similar to the artist's wife in Claude Monet’s painting “La ...

Art Dealer Robert Ellsworth Left Waitresses a Hefty Tip

NYPost / May 11th, 2015

Renowned Asian art dealer and collector Robert "King of Ming" Ellsworth left two of his favorite waitresses massive tips in his will. Ellsworth, who died at 85 last August after a fall, gave $50,000 each to Maureen Donohue-Peters, 53, and her niece Maureen Barrie, 28. The pair served ...

NYC Prosecutors Seek Custody of $100M in Artifacts

Telegraph / April 16th, 2015

New York City prpsecutors are asking a judge for custody of a trove of 2,622 Hindu and Buddhist treasures plundered from South Asia and seized by U.S. authorities. New York storage facilities were raided from 2012 to 2014 to recover the relics as part of the investigation of art dealer Subhash ...

Rare Painting by Hokusai Purchased for New Museum in Japan

Japan Times / March 4th, 2015

Known the world-over for his "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa," Hokusai (1760-1849) will be celebrated with a new museum in Tokyo and the acquisition of a rare painting by the famed ukiyo-e woodblock print artist. Tokyo’s Sumida ward, in the north of the city, announced ...

Smithsonian Unveils $2 Billion Renovation Plan

ArtfixDaily / November 19th, 2014

A master plan to renovate and improve the South Mall campus of the Smithsonian Institution was revealed with an estimate of $2 billion.