New Contemporary Art Museum to Debut in Florence

  • Firenze
  • March 18, 2018 19:53
Giorgio Morandi Natura morta, 1958 oil on canvas, 11 3/4 × 13 3/4 in Paesaggio, 1942 oil on canvas, 19 5/8 × 17 3/4 in © Giorgio Morandi, by SIAE 2018

Art collector Roberto Casamonti, founder of the Tornabuoni Art gallery, will open a contemporary art museum in Florence, Italy, on March 24. Housed in the Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, a Renaissance building overlooking Santa Trinita square, the museum will bring 20th century to contemporary ...

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Hearst Castle Tour Guides Help Identify Artist of 17th-Century Painting

  • San Luis Obispo
  • March 07, 2018 22:26
Hearst Castle

Two tour guides at the historic castle built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst have helped unravel the mystery of attribution behind a 17th century artwork in the museum's collection. On a tour, a ray of sunshine illuminated a previously unnoticed or overlooked monogram and inscription on ...

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UK Art Dealer Indicted in $50 Million Money-Laundering Scheme

  • Bloomberg
  • March 06, 2018 22:59
Picasso, Personnage, 1965,

U.S. prosecutors contend that a $50 million international stock-manipulation scam went bust when an undercover FBI agent was offered a Picasso to launder illicit profits. Six people and four companies have been named in the indictment handed down in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday. “The ...

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Mystery Lingers Over Fate of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo

  • Independent
  • February 20, 2018 20:24
Aerial view of Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate

Huguette Clark, the copper heiress who died at age 104 in 2011, left a will that envisioned her California mansion be turned into an arts nonprofit. Years later, the fate of the reclusive multimillionaire's 23-acre estate in Santa Barbara is still not clear. Her oceanside Bellosguardo estate ...

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Big, New Picasso Museum to Open in Southern France With Rarely-Seen Works

  • Smithsonian
  • February 12, 2018 13:29
The future Jacqueline and Pablo Picasso Museum

A stepdaughter of Pablo Picasso plans to open a museum in the Southern French city of Aix-en-Provence by 2021. Catherine Hutin-Blay, the 70-year-old daughter of Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque (1927-1986), will display some 2,000 works that she inherited from her mother, in the former ...

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Judge Rules for The Met to Keep Contested $100 Million Picasso

  • Courthouse News Service
  • February 08, 2018 11:01
Picasso's The Actor, 1904-05.

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to retain Pablo Picasso's painting "The Actor." A descendant of a German couple who fled the Nazis and sold the Picasso to finance an escape from World War II Europe, claimed the painting should be returned to her, or its $100 ...

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Berkshire Museum Art Sales Case Heads to State Supreme Court

  • February 05, 2018 19:28
"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, was slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

An extension for the Massachusetts Attorney General office's investigation into the Berkshire Museum art sales concluded Monday. The museum and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office will next file a petition with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hear the case over the contested ...

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The Louvre Displays Nazi-Looted Art in Restitution Effort

  • CNN
  • January 31, 2018 17:18

The Louvre Museum has opened an exhibit of artworks that were once seized by the Nazis during their occupation of France. Some 31 French-owned paintings are shown in an effort to reconnect the works of art with the heirs of their rightful owners. Each artwork is documented in the National ...

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Massachusetts AG Seeks to Extend Berkshire Museum Injunction

  • NEPR
  • January 30, 2018 14:05
George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860

The Massachusetts attorney general has asked a state appeals court to extend an injunction blocking the Berkshire Museum from selling artworks for one more week. A trove of artworks, including two prized Norman Rockwell paintings, have been halted from being sold by the museum. Berkshire ...

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La Salle University Faces Backlash Over Planned Sale of Artworks

  • January 04, 2018 21:47
Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925), Sandy Hollow, Manchester, Massachusetts, 1877, is set to be sold by La Salle University.

La Salle University in Philadelphia announced plans this week to sell 46 artworks from its museum collections to help fund teaching and learning initiatives, according to school officials. The art, includings works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Georges Rouault, and Albert Gleizes, could ...

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From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

  • December 04, 2017 14:53
David Driskell, "Ghetto Wall #2," 1970.  Oil, acrylic, and collage on linen, 60.0 × 50.0 (in).  DC Moore Gallery, at Art Basel Miami Beach, Survey, S6.

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in Miami with The ...

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Wende Museum Showcases Material Culture of the Cold War Era

  • November 28, 2017 12:11
The Painter and His Model, 1956, by István Mácsa.  Oil on canvas.  Hungary.

The Wende Museum in its new location in Culver City, Calif., is a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and applying historical lessons of the past to the present. From a vandalized bust of Lenin ...

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Gallerist Gary Nader to Sell $100 Million of His Art to Fund Museum

  • Miami New Times
  • October 12, 2017 20:45
Miami skyline

Art dealer Gary Nader plans to sell about $100 million worth of works from his collection to fund the building of a new museum in downtown Miami. Several blue-chip works---by the likes of Picasso and Botero---from Nader's personal collection are set to be sold during Art Basel Miami Beach in ...

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Gurlitt's Art Dealer Finally Speaks About His Notorious Client

  • Swiss Info
  • October 12, 2017 20:28
Franz Marc's Pferde in Landschaft, one of the artworks discovered in the Gurlitt collection (probably 1911, gouache on coloured paper).

Swiss art dealer and auctioneer Eberhard Kornfeld broke his silence about client Cornelius Gurlitt in an interview, detailing how the reclusive collector sold off artworks. Gurlitt, who died in 2014, inherited over 1,200 artworks from his art dealer father who worked with the Nazis. He kept the ...

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'Loving Vincent' Film Animates Van Gogh's Life and Work

  • September 28, 2017 12:34
A painted version of Robert Gulaczyk as Vincent van Gogh in “Loving Vincent.”

The world's first fully painted feature film is an animated adventure featuring the tragic story and beloved artworks of Vincent van Gogh---and it's experienced as if viewing his life through the lens of his art. The film opened in New York last week, and debuts in LA on Friday before additional ...

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Sotheby's Releases Estimates for Berkshire Museum Artworks

  • September 12, 2017 12:16
Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950)

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., appears to be going forward with its planned sale of 40 artworks from its collections despite protests from museum professional organizations and art lovers. Over $50 million is estimated to be generated from the sales, and the museum has a ...

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Antonio Banderas Stars as Picasso in NatGeo's 'Genius' Series

  • Variety
  • September 11, 2017 22:22
Antonio Banderas

Actor Antonio Banderas will portray Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2. The first season of “Genius”, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, was recently nominated for 10 Emmys, and was watched by over 45 million viewers globally, according to Variety. Picasso worked for ...

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After $3.5 Million Renovation, JMW Turner's Picturesque Cottage Opens to Visitors

  • Guardian
  • August 16, 2017 20:21
Sandycombe Lodge, 1814, W.  B.  Cooke after William Havell - Tate Britain.

In 1813 England’s great landscape painter JMW Turner built a small villa, Sandycombe Lodge, on a large plot near the Thames at Twickenham. Here, the painter became an architect, guided by the hand of his friend John Soane, notes the home's website. Now, a $3.5 million renovation has made ...

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3 Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Recovered by Police in Spain

  • Daily Star
  • July 20, 2017 13:08
Image of stolen Francis Bacon works.

Spanish police announced the recovery of three of five stolen paintings by Francis Bacon on Thursday. Five Bacon paintings valued at more than 25 million euros ($29 million) along with a safe with jewels and coins were taken from a Madrid residence in July 2015. The works were stolen from a ...

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$600 Million Historical Art Collection Heads to a Contemporary Art Museum

  • New York Times
  • July 17, 2017 13:29

Near Turin, Italy, a private art collection with notable works spanning the 13th-to-20th centuries, and valued at $600 million, will radically transform a contemporary art museum, reports the New York Times. In a statement, the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte, Castello di ...

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