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British Art Dealer Convicted of Stealing Artwork from Rolling Stones Guitarist

Rolling Stone / September 13th, 2017

British art dealer Jonathan Poole has been sentenced to prison for stealing artworks from his clients. Poole's clients included the Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, along with the estates of Miles Davis and John Lennon. He plead guilty to 26 charges of fraud and theft made between ...

Antiquities Dealer Sues Wall Street Journal Over Article on ISIS Link

Courthouse News Service / July 18th, 2017

An antiquities dealer has sued the Wall Street Journal over an article linking his family-run art gallery to ISIS, reports Courthouse New Service. It is the second major lawsuit instigated by the gallery this year. Hicham Aboutaam, head of the Manhattan-based Electrum, the agent ...

Brancusi Fetches Record-Setting $57 Million, Nazi-Seized Picasso Makes $45 Million at Christie's

ArtfixDaily / May 16th, 2017

New York's auction "gigaweek" is underway with Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art offered over four days. Christie's started it off with a solid sale total of $289.2 million, above the $200 million expected. Two notable works soared of the 55 lots offered; in all 78 percent of the lots ...

Iranian Museum Exhibits Over 500 Artifacts Repatriated From the West

Tehran Times / February 9th, 2017

Some 558 historical artifacts including sculptures, earthenware, coins and jewelry, repatriated from Western museums over the last two years, went on display Monday at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Tehran Times reports: "Last November, 30 historical artifacts which had been smuggled ...

Jeff Koons Gives Giant Bouquet Sculpture to Paris in Honor of Terror Victims

France 24 / November 22nd, 2016

Artist Jeff Koons announced Monday that he will give a monumental sculpture to France in honor of 130 victims lost in November 2015's jihadist attacks on Paris. The 34-foot bronze, stainless steel and aluminum "Bouquet of Flowers" will depict a bunch of tulips in a hand resembling the Statue of ...

New, Larger Museum Planned at Statue of Liberty

ArtfixDaily / October 6th, 2016

A new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum within the Statue of Liberty National Monument on New York's Liberty Island was unveiled Thursday. The larger building will replace a small exhibition space inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Architect Nicholas Garrison designed the ...

EXPO CHICAGO Expands Art Program Inside Navy Pier and Around the City

ArtfixDaily / September 19th, 2016

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, has an expanded program of artists this year selected for IN/SITU, EXPO Projects, IN/SITU Outside and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project. IN/SITU, curated by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi, features ...

Heatherwick's The Vessel to Rise Up in New York's Hudson Yards

ArtfixDaily / September 14th, 2016

It boasts 154 interconnecting stairways, 2,400 steps, and 80 landings comprising a mile's worth of walkways. And all of it will lead to nowhere on the Far West Side of Manhattan. New York Times reports that The Vessel is the much-debated, $150-million public landmark set to center the main ...

Christie's Auction in London Brings a Soft Total on Eve of Brexit Vote

Bloomberg / June 22nd, 2016

On the eve of the referendum that decides whether the U.K. stays in the European Union, Christie's had its smallest tally for a major evening sale of Impressionist and modern art in more than a decade. The sale total came to 25.6 million pounds ($37.8 million), well below its presale ...

Leon Black Gets Disputed Picasso Bust

Bloomberg / June 15th, 2016

A 1931 plaster “Bust of a Woman” will go to billionaire Leon Black after lengthy litigation in New York was resolved. The new ownership was announced Wednesday although the case was settled last month. Black was challenged by Qatar's royal family for the sculpture which depicts Picasso's lover ...

Tour the Art Studios Where Whitney Museum Began

New York Times / May 17th, 2016

A $30,000 grant from the National Trust of Historic Preservation will in part support public tours of the New York City art studios where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942) began her vision of an American art museum. Whitney's series of studios along West 8th Street in Greenwich Village ...

$7.25 Million Settlement for Near-Fatal Fall at Rodin Museum

Philly.com / May 10th, 2016

Philly.com reports: An engineer who nearly died after falling 38 feet through a glass ceiling of the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia more than three years ago has reached a settlement with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the museum's security company for $7.25 million, attorneys said ...

Sotheby's Reports Quarterly Loss, Possible Investor, and a Record Rodin

ArtfixDaily / May 9th, 2016

Gigaweek at the New York auctions began with news from Sotheby's of a quarterly loss, followed by a boost from an announcement of investor interest and mixed results for its Monday sale. A wider-than-expected first-quarter net loss of $25.9 million in the quarter on revenues of $106.5 million ...

MoMA Offers Voluntary Buyouts to Staffers

New York Times / May 3rd, 2016

Following the Met's announcement recently of possible layoffs to balance a $10 million deficit, the Museum of Modern Art says it will offer buyout packages to senior staff. Those with over nine years at the museum, age 55 and over, will be eligible. “The museum is in a transitional stage in ...

This Week's New York Art Fairs in a Nutshell

New York Times / March 1st, 2016

The New York Times delivers a succinct guide to this week's several art fairs --- featuring modern masters to emerging artists --  in New York. Art critic Ken Johnson notes these fairs "provide the chance to take the temperature of global culture." Visit the show's websites to ...

Heirs of Famed Designer Viktor Schreckengost Scrap Museum Plans In Favor of Auction, Donations

Cleveland.com / February 29th, 2016

The heirs of industrial designer, artist, and sculptor Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008) have dropped the idea of creating a new museum to house his legacy in Cleveland and have decided instead to auction key pieces and to donate others to the Western Reserve Historical Society. ...

As Trial Looms Over Courbet Nude, Facebook Censors Copenhagen's Mermaid, Philadelphia's Pop Art

San Jose Mercury News / February 14th, 2016

An appeals court in France has ruled that a lawsuit brought against Facebook by a Parisian teacher can move forward. The ruling comes after recent uproar over Facebook's censorship of art images, including an iconic statue and a Pop Art piece on view at major museums. Facebook suspended the ...

Ecuador Repatriates 567 Cultural Objects From Argentina and Spain

culturaypatrimonio / February 8th, 2016

Some 567 cultural objects have been returned to Ecuador by Argentina and Spain, according to minister of culture and heritage in Ecuador, Guillaume Long. Long announced on Feb. 3 that the objects were formally handed over in Quito, in a ceremony with Argentina’s ambassador to ...

William Edmondson Sculpture Fetches Auction Record for Outsider Art

ArtfixDaily / January 23rd, 2016

Christie's inaugural sale of self-taught artists on Friday was led by William Edmondson’s Boxer, which brought $785,000, well above its $150,000-250,000 estimate. The price set a record in the category, according to Christie's, surpassing the previous top price set ...

Gagosian Gallery Battles Qatar Royal Family Over Picasso at MoMA

Bloomberg / January 13th, 2016

A sculpture of Pablo Picasso’s mistress and model, Marie-Therese Walter, on view in a current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, has leaped into the limelight with a court battle over ownership. Picasso’s 1931 sculpture Bust of a Woman was purchased by gallery owner ...