Hitler's 'Mobile Device of Destruction' Sells at US Auction

  • February 20, 2017 16:49
Siemens phone belonging to Adolf Hitler

A telephone bidder acquired Adolf Hitler's red-painted telephone for $243,000 at a US auction. The auction house described the lot as “arguably the most destructive weapon of all time, which sent millions to their deaths.” The unidentified North American buyer purchased the World War II ...

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Egypt Reopens the Museum of Islamic Art, Renovates Historic Home of French Archaeologist

  • February 20, 2017 16:08
Stoppelaere house

Cultural preservation moved forward in Egypt over the past month. Terrorist attacks have slumped tourism to popular sites, but recent efforts have successfully reviltalized landmarks, including the Cairo museum damaged by a car bomb three years ago. Egyptian President Al-Sisi hosted UNESCO ...

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Museum Leaders Speak Out Against Proposed Elimination of Funding For National Endowment for the Arts

  • February 19, 2017 22:39
Thomas J.  Campbell

The Hill first reported in January that the National Endowment for the Arts is under threat, again. With a 2017 budget at $149.8 million -- the NEA is a tiny fraction of federal spending -- the 52-year-old agency has been subjected to budget cuts and threats of elimination before. It has also ...

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New Global Arts Coalition Launches to Counter Right-Wing Populism

  • February 16, 2017 18:54
Still of animated web banner by Mark Titchner for Hands Off Our Revolution.

Hundreds of artists have signed on to a new coalition that aims to counter right-wing ideology and policies with public-facing responses in art. The group called Hands Off Our Revolution already lists support from notable artists, musicians, writers, and gallerists such as Ed Ruscha, Anish ...

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Museums Plan First Public Exhibitions of Gurlitt's Hidden Art Trove in November

  • Kunstmuseum Bern
  • February 15, 2017 15:32
Max Liebermann from the Gurlitt hoard.

Dates have been announced for exhibitions showcasing some of the 1,500 artworks discovered hidden in the apartment of the late Cornelius Gurlitt in Munich and in another residence.  The Museum of Fine Arts in the Swiss capital, Bern, and the Art and Exhibition Hall in the German city of Bonn ...

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UK Puts Temporary Export Ban on Parmigianino

  • Guardian
  • February 12, 2017 22:05

The UK government has placed a temporary export bar on a 16th-century masterpiece to allow time for a UK-based buyer to come up with £24.5m ($30 million). The J. Paul Getty Museum announced in August its intention to acquire Parmigianino's exquisite "The Virgin and Child with Saint Mary ...

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Iranian Museum Exhibits Over 500 Artifacts Repatriated From the West

  • Tehran Times
  • February 09, 2017 21:27
National Museum of Iran

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 ...

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Oprah Reportedly Sold Gustav Klimt Painting for $150 Million

  • Bloomberg
  • February 08, 2017 12:30
Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Bloomberg's Katya Kazakina reports that billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey sold a Gustav Klimt masterpiece for $150 million to a Chinese buyer in 2016, according to an anonymous source with knowledge of the deal. Oprah bought “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” for an artist auction record ...

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Sotheby's Sues Dealer Mark Weiss Over Alleged Fake Old Master Painting

  • Financial Times
  • February 07, 2017 13:55
'Unknown Man' portrait, said to be by Frans Hals

Sotheby's will head to court in London with dealer Mark Weiss and Mark Weiss Ltd. over an alleged fake Old Master painting that was sold in a private sale. Sotheby's later reimbursed the American buyer for the picture and is demanding that Weiss, who supplied the work to Sotheby's client, repay ...

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Atlanta's High Museum Waged a Super Bowl Twitter War

  • February 05, 2017 20:41
Is that Tom Brady as George Washington? Via Twitter @mfaboston

In a stunning comeback the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34 to 28 in overtime, to win Super Bowl LI on Sunday. Leading up to the big game, two art institutions had a fierce exchange of team-centric images called #MuseumBowl -- with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston featuring the ...

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Lunders Make Another Gift of $100 Million to Colby College Museum of Art

  • Portland Press Herald
  • February 02, 2017 18:10
courtesy Colby College

The Portland Press Herald reports that Colby College Museum of Art has received a gift worth $100 million from Peter and Paula Lunder. It is the couple's second gift of that magnitude to the institution in Waterville, Maine, which they have long supported in various ways, including substantial ...

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Anish Kapoor Creates Protest Piece: 'I Like America and America Doesn't Like Me'

  • February 01, 2017 15:31
Anish Kapoor

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor has released a riff on German artist Joseph Beuys’ famed 1974 performance piece, “I Like America and America Likes Me,” as a protest to the exclusionary policies of the Trump administration. Kapoor has reimagined the poster that Beuys made for his performance, ...

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Art Dealer in Knoedler Scandal Avoids More Prison Time

  • New York Times
  • January 31, 2017 18:51
A fake Pollock sold through Knoedler

Long Island art dealer Glafira Rosales will not be sentenced to more prison time after serving three months for her part in the $80 million scam that helped topple Manhattan's oldest art gallery. Rosales was sentenced to time served on Tuesday at Federal District Court in Manhattan. Her lawyers ...

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At Trial, Co-Defendant Claims He Tossed $100 Million in Stolen Art

  • Guardian
  • January 31, 2017 12:42
A 1906 pastoral scene by Matisse stolen from the Modern Art Museum in Paris on May 20, 2010.

Five paintings by the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Léger and Braque were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris almost seven years ago. A trial began Monday for three co-defendants in the 2010 heist, one of the biggest art thefts in history. Yonathan Birn tearfully claimed that ...

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Planned $75 Million International African American Museum Adds Billionaire Board Member

  • Post and Courier
  • January 29, 2017 14:15
Proposed site of the International African American Museum in Charleston

A proposed $75 million International African American Museum in Charleston, SC, has gotten the boost of a new billionaire board member. Sheila Johnson, billionaire CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owner of three professional sports teams, has agreed to join the museum’s board of ...

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Artist Christo Quits 20-Year, $15 Million Project in Protest of Trump

  • January 26, 2017 17:48
Christo, Over The River (Project for Arkansas River, State of Colorado), Drawing 2010.  13 7/8 x 15 1/4" (35.2 x 38.7 cm) .Pencil, pastel, charcoal and wax crayon Photo: André Grossmann © 2010 Christo

Renowned artist Christo has decided to halt his current Over the River project after two decades of work and $15 million of his own money has already been invested in it.  "I can't do a project that benefits this landlord," said Christo to the New York Times, of the federal land to be used for ...

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Still Foward-Looking: The Four Freedoms

  • January 26, 2017 12:10
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Freedom of Speech,” 1943, Story illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” February 20, 1943.  Norman Rockwell Museum Collections.  ©1943 SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN.

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The ...

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Inside NYC's Outsider Art Fair

  • January 19, 2017 18:47
Prophet Royal Robertson at SHRINE, booth 58.

In New York this weekend, the 2017 Outsider Art Fair, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion from January 19-22, marks the fair's 25th anniversary. The show's focus still remains self-taught, visionary and naive artists; folk artists working outside the realm of formal instruction; and those ...

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National Endowments for the Arts, Humanities Could Face Elimination Under Trump

  • The Hill
  • January 19, 2017 15:41
NEA Chairman Jane Chu quote

The Hill first reported that staff from the Trump transition team have been briefing White House career staff ahead of the inauguration about plans to slash government spending -- from major cuts for several departments to all out eliminations.  Budget cuts and program deletions are said to be ...

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From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

  • Antiques and the Arts Weekly
  • January 18, 2017 22:40
Justin Rothshank, Donald Trump Tableware Set, 2016 earthenware, glaze, ceramic decals 9" H x 20" W x 6" D.  At Ferrin Contemporary's exhibition Know Justice: Justin and Brooke Rothshank, on view at the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair.

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 ...

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