Dutch Court Orders Crimean Treasures Returned to Ukraine

  • Dutch News
  • December 15, 2016 22:43
From the exhibition titled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea.”

A Dutch court has ruled for Ukraine in the return of historical treasures from Crimea loaned a few years ago to the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam for an exhibition titled “The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea.” A near two-year legal battle has been waged over whether the loaned ...

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Polish Government Reveals Plan to Acquire $2-Billion Collection With Leonardo Masterwork

  • AFD
  • December 15, 2016 22:43
Leonardo da Vinci, Lady With an Ermine, late 15th c.

The Polish government announced Wednesday an intention to acquire the 15th-century Leonardo da Vinci masterwork, "Lady with an Ermine", as part of a deal for a two-century-old collection estimated to be worth two billion dollars. The collection resides in the National Museum in Krakow and is ...

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Happy Holidays from ARTFIXdaily, Closed Through Dec. 31

  • December 15, 2016 22:42
Outside Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.

ARTFIXdaily will close for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 16. E-newsletter service will resume on January 1, 2017. ArtGuild members may continue to add content to ARTFIXdaily's ArtWire and Events calendar throughout the closure. Content promotions will resume on Jan. 1. Thank you to our readers ...

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London Developer Leaves $490M in Art, Cars to Britain

  • Telegraph
  • December 14, 2016 13:04
Turner’s 1801 masterpiece The Bridgewater Sea Piece - which Harry Hyams had loaned anonymously to the National Gallery.

One of the biggest charitable bequests in British history has come from the estate of a property magnate who built the landmark Centre Point tower in London. Harry Hyams, who died last year at age 87, has left £387m ($498.34m) of his £487m estate for Britain to preserve his extensive collection ...

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Heritage Auctions Sues Christie's Over Data Scraping

  • Dallas News
  • December 13, 2016 13:28
Christie's New York

Dallas News has reported that Dallas-based Heritage Auctions has sued rival auction house Christie's for allegedly stealing data by scraping its website. A copyright infringement suit was filed in federal court in Dallas on Friday. It claims that London-based Christie's and its independently ...

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Think Nature: Pantone's Color of the Year is a Rejuvenating Green

  • Pantone
  • December 08, 2016 17:27
Fairfield Porter's painting 'Under the Elms', 1971 - 1972, Oil on canvas, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Rather weary of seeing red and blue? Taking the pulse of the times, the Pantone Color Institute has offered up a bright shade of green for its Color of the Year.  Greenery is Pantone's choice for 2017. Expect the color to repeat in art, design and fashion  - although this shade is familiar and ...

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National Petition Circulates to President-Elect Trump to Support the Arts in America

  • Arts Action Fund
  • December 08, 2016 17:27
Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Washington, D.C.  Abraham Lincoln, by Daniel Chester French

With legislative changes ahead under a new US Presidential administration, American for the Arts Action Fund developed a pro-arts action list in a national petition. While pointing out the important economic impact of the arts and culture sector in the US, the petition also includes the ...

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Art Dealer's Heirs Sue Bavaria in New York Court

  • Reuters
  • December 06, 2016 11:15
Paul Klee's "Grenzen des Verstandes" (1927)

Heirs of a German Jewish art dealer filed a complaint against Bavaria on Monday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Michael Hulton, a San Francisco doctor, and his stepmother Penny Helton, of Hertfordshire, England, claim that eight paintings owned by Alfred Flechtheim - before he fled the ...

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Long-Fought Case Over Contested Pissarro Masterpiece Hits Federal Appeals Court

  • AP
  • December 05, 2016 18:03
Pissarro's Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon.  Effect of Rain.  1897.

A 16-year battle over an Impressionist masterpiece once looted by the Nazis went to a federal appeals court in Pasadena on Monday. Decades ago, the painting was exchanged for exit visas by Lilly Cassirer and her husband so that they could flee the Holocaust. The Jewish couple fled Germany for ...

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Political Art Snapped Up at Art Basel Miami Beach

  • Forbes
  • December 04, 2016 23:02
Mary Boone

Political art was more prominent than usual at Art Basel Miami Beach this year, with more galleries devoting prime real estate in their booths to works inspired by the US presidential election. Many of those works sold quickly. By Friday afternoon, London gallery Sadie Coles HQ had sold almost ...

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Art Basel Miami Beach Kicks Off With Some Conversations

  • Forbes
  • November 29, 2016 23:20
Maura Axelrod - Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, 2016.  © Dogwoof

The world’s largest and most important contemporary art fair takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center this week, and Forbes reports on the Art Basel Miami Beach highlights. For one, Galerie Gmurzynska will present visitors with an extraordinary exhibition of Russian Avant-Garde works ...

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Legal Fray Continues Over Disputed Resale of $127.5 Million Leonardo

  • Bloomberg
  • November 29, 2016 22:42
Leonardo da Vinci's “Christ as Salvator Mundi”

Sotheby's has asked a federal judge to clear it of any wrongdoing in a long-fought case over the private sale of Leonardo da Vinci's “Christ as Salvator Mundi” to embattled "freeport king" Yves Bouvier. Bouvier later sold the work to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who is engaged in an ...

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Artists Spark Political Protest in New York

  • New York Times
  • November 29, 2016 22:42
Manhattan skyline

About 150 artists, gallerists, and curators marched outside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's Manhattan residential building on Monday with signs in protest of the president-elect's offensive comments about women and his proposed policies, reports the New York Times. The peaceful protest ...

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Guess Co-Founders Set to Open New Museum in LA

  • Time Out
  • November 28, 2016 21:46
Two of the founders of Guess Jeans, Maurice and Paul Marciano, plan an art museum.

TIME OUT Los Angeles: After years of buzz, the Marciano Art Foundation’s new museum in Los Angeles is getting closer to an opening date. Starting in spring of 2017, the doors will open on what looks set to become a Mid-Wilshire answer to the Braod or MOCA museums in Downtown, backed by brothers ...

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Iran Cancels Exhibition of Shah's Art Collection in Berlin

  • Guardian
  • November 28, 2016 21:46
Jackson Pollock's 'Mural on Indian Red Ground.'

An exhibition of artworks from Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art that was due to open in Berlin next month has been indefinitely postponed because the Iranian authorities have failed to allow the paintings to leave the country. Ticket sales for the event – which had been hailed as a sign of a ...

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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Plans Bold Future Under Max Hollein

  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • November 27, 2016 23:40
Hilary Lloyd, still from Movie, 2015.  Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.  Shown in the de Young’s Wilsey Court.

Max Hollein, the somewhat new director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, has some ideas that could be "leading to a rebirth of the Bay Area’s largest visual arts organization," reports Charles Desmarais of the San Francisco Chronicle. Clearly defining the concepts of the two ...

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Ancient City Discovered in Egypt

  • MSN
  • November 27, 2016 16:52
Entrance to Temple of Luxor in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 7,000 years, containing huts, tools, pottery and huge graves. It lies by the river Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos. Experts say the size of the 15 newly discovered graves ...

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Competition for Van Gogh Lookalike Surfaces Living Doppelgänger

  • I am Vincent
  • November 27, 2016 16:52
Daniel Baker posed for a sculpture of Vincent van Gogh after winning an international competition.

An artist put out a call for a Vincent Van Gogh lookalike to pose for a sculpture commission. Some 1,250 entries from 37 countries pored in and 500,000 votes cast, ultimately selecting a red-headed Englishman named Daniel Baker. An actor, Baker seems to be the spitting image of the famed ...

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

  • France 24
  • November 22, 2016 14:56
Jeff Koons gifts a "Bouquet of Flowers" to Paris.

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 ...

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Germany Buys $13.25 Million Thomas Mann Home in California for Artist Residency

  • Los Angeles Times
  • November 22, 2016 13:37
Thomas Mann, his wife Katia, and their two grandchildren on the lawn of their Pacific Palisades, Calif., home.

To save a landmark from possible demolition, Germany has purchased the former Southern California home of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann who fled the Nazi regime in the 1940s. The coastal Pacific Palisades residence was built in 1941 by modernist architect J.R. Davidson. It was ...

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