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Records Set for Bourgeois, Fontana in $331.8 Million Christie's Sale

ArtfixDaily / November 10th, 2015

Christie's continued on its winning streak Tuesday night with a $331.8 million sale of post-war and contemporary art, just a day after it sold a Modigliani nude portrait for a record-shattering $170.4 million. While not every lot in the sale was a winner (some fell below guarantees/estimates and ...

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Reopens With More Space Two Years After Tourist Breaks Statue

ArtfixDaily / October 30th, 2015

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy, re-opened on Oct. 29, 2015, following a gallery expansion. It is the world's largest repository of Florentine medieval and Renaissance sculpture with 750 statues and about 250 artworks including masterpieces by ...

Art Swindler Luke Brugnara Gets 7 Years in Prison

Courthouse News Service / October 21st, 2015

On Tuesday in San Francisco a federal judge sentenced former commercial real estate mogul Luke Brugnara to 7 years in prison for swindling a New York art dealer. The fraud verdict comes after the June 2014 disappearance of millions of dollars worth of art delivered to Brugnara. Art ...

Olga Hirshhorn, Art Collector and Widow of Museum Founder, Remembered

Washington Post / October 4th, 2015

Olga Hirshhorn, wife of the late founder of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and known as a significant art collector and patron in her own right, passed away at her home in Naples, Florida on Oct. 3. She was 95. The fourth wife of financier and mining tycoon Joseph Hirshhorn, Olga ...

Rodin Bust Swiped in Broad Daylight From Danish Museum

DW / August 20th, 2015

A bronze bust by Auguste Rodin was stolen by two men dressed as tourists in daytime hours at a museum in Denmark. Danish newspaper Politike reported this week that the theft occurred July 16 at Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum. Rodin's "The Man with the Broken Nose," part ...

The Vatican Launches App for Crowdfunding Restorations

The Guardian / August 17th, 2015

Not all are in favor of the Vatican Museums' Patrum, a new app designed as a philanthropic crowdfunding venture to support the treasures in the Vatican. The Guardian's Jonathan Jones, for one, thinks the app could lead to restoration projects that are more harmful than good for art and ...

Fraudster Brugnara Claims He Will "Perish" in Jail, Files Motion for Acquittal

Courthouse News Service / July 22nd, 2015

San Francisco-based convicted swindler Luke Brugnara, who is serving time for fraud, wants to fire his laywers, get bail to recuperate, and hire new counsel. Brugnara is under federal prosecution for taking and not paying for $11 million in fine art, including a $2 million Degas bronze that ...

Rare Rodin Recovered 25 Years After Theft

Independent / July 9th, 2015

A rare sculpture by Auguste Rodin was found a quarter-century after it was stolen in a $1-million heist from a Beverly Hills home. A disgruntled housekeeper of an art collector had bragged about the home's contents at a local bar, eventually resulting in house keys being copied for a pair of ...

Hedge Fund Billionaire Revealed as Buyer of Record-Busting Sculpture

PageSix / June 8th, 2015

Hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen was the anonymous bidder who won the world's most expensive sculpture in May, according to Page Six. Alberto Giacometti’s “Man Pointing” brought a record price of $141.3 million at Christie’s on May 11. The 1947 masterpiece, also titled “L’Homme au ...

Crystal Bridges Museum to Reveal Major Acquisitions

NYTimes / June 3rd, 2015

Walmart heiress Alice Walton has spent nearly $150 million on art in the last year, reports the New York Times, and some of her most recent purchases are yet to be made public. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Bentonville, Ark., museum largely bankrolled by Walton, is expected to make ...

Artist Richard Serra Receives France's Highest Honor

Observer / June 1st, 2015

Artist Richard Serra has been chosen  France's most prestigious award, the insignia of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. French ambassador Gérard Araud bestowed the award Monday at the French Embassy in New York. Begun in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honor is the ...

National Portrait Gallery Unveils New Sculpture of Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

ArtfixDaily / May 31st, 2015

A newly commissioned portrait of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been unveiled at  the National Portrait Gallery, London, and is now on view. A painted bronze sculpture, by artist Sean Henry, shows Berners-Lee standing at two-thirds life-size on a tall plinth, ...

Greece Passes On Legal Action Over Elgin Marbles

BBC / May 14th, 2015

Despite waging a high-profile campaign for their return, Greece will not take legal action against the UK over the repatriation of the Elgin Marbles, the Parthenon's famous sculptural frieze. About 30 percent of the marbles reside at the British Museum. They were acquired 200 years ago by Lord ...

Chris Burden, Pioneering Performance Artist, Remembered

wsj / May 10th, 2015

Known as a pioneer in performance art, and later sculpture, Chris Burden died in Los Angeles on Sunday at age 69. In the 1970s, Burden shocked with his groundbreaking performance pieces that had him shot in the arm, crucified, eletrocuted, and secured in a locker for five days. Later, Burden ...

NYC's Museum of Biblical Art Will Close Its Doors, Despite Crowds for Recent Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2015

Visitor attendance has been high for exhibitions at New York's Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA). But the popularity of the current show Sculpture in the Age of Donatello is not keeping the museum afloat. The museum's board announced this week that MOBIA will shut down in June after the 23 ...

Accused Art Thief Escapes Federal Custody

Courthouse News / February 10th, 2015

Accused art thief Luke Brugnara has escaped a federal building in San Francisco and is currently on the lam.

Former Fashion Designer Helmut Lang Debuts Artwork in New York

WSJ. Magazine / January 6th, 2015

Since leaving the fashion industry a decade ago, Helmut Lang has transitioned to the art world, working from his Long Island estate on a series of sculptures.

British Museum Angers Greece with Elgin Marble Loan to Hermitage

CNN / December 7th, 2014

Amid sanctions imposed by NATO nations on Russia over actions in Crimea and Ukraine, Great Britain has loaned "a marble ambassador of a European ideal" with a cultural message for Moscow.

Insurer Refuses to Pay for Lost Degas Sculpture

NY Daily News / December 3rd, 2014

Lloyd's of London says it won't pay for a $3 million Degas ballerina sculpture that went missing after delivery to a California collector, reports the NYDaily News. “The claim of the loss of Degas bronze results from theft or dishonesty by a person to whom the insured property was entrusted,” ...

Hedge Fund Manager Steve Cohen Revealed as Buyer of $101M Giacometti

Page Six / November 11th, 2014

Billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen is the secret buyer of the Alberto Giacometti sculpture “Chariot.”