Hermitage hit by mystery thieves
Date: 31 Jul 2006 | Views: 3718
Thieves have stolen more than 200 items - with an estimated value of $5m (£2.67m) - from Russia's prestigious Hermitage art museum in St Petersburg. More...
Exhibition Celebrates 400th Anniversary of Rembrandt
Date: 29 Jul 2006 | Views: 5530
Selected primarily from Harvard collections, Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, an exhibition at the Busch-Reisinger Museum from September 9 to December 10, 2006, will invite visitors to engage intensively with nearly fifty drawings, paintings, and prints by the master, his pupils, and his contemporaries. More...
FIA Acquires Sculpture by Artist Jun Kaneko
Date: 28 Jul 2006 | Views: 8718
The Flint Institute of Arts has just acquired a major ceramic sculpture by the renowned artist Jun Kaneko. The 6i 4i (human life-sized), monolithic "dango" (the Japanese word for dumpling) arrived at the FIA on Thursday, June 29, and was donated by Alan and Kelly Ginsburg in honor of the birthdays of Flint philanthropists and FIA supporters Art and Bess Hurand. More...
Klimt's golden girl draws crowds and debate
Date: 28 Jul 2006 | Views: 6583
The world's most expensive painting has gone on view in New York, attracting huge crowds and fuelling an increasingly heated debate over soaring ticket prices across the city's cultural institutions. More...
Art provenance research still FAR BEHIND
Date: 26 Jul 2006 | Views: 4174
Not according to a new report. "The survey found 140,000 objects that 'need provenance research,' far more than the 18,000 objects posted on the Nazi-Era Provenance Internet Portal maintained by the museum association. Most of the museums actively conducting provenance research have completed work on less than half the relevant items in their collections, only about 33% of the museums have a separate budget for the purpose and only about 10% have employed a full-time researcher, the survey says." More...
No evidence that Nazis took Courbet art
Date: 26 Jul 2006 | Views: 4696
The Chicago Art Institute is protesting a caption and characterization of one of the museum's artworks in the New York Times. The museum says that contrary to a Times caption, there is no evidence that "a landscape painting by Gustave Courbet long owned by the Art Institute of Chicago was never found to have been confiscated by the Nazi regime in Germany during World War II." More...
Americans Returned Looted Artifact To Iraq
Date: 26 Jul 2006 | Views: 4291
American officials have returned an important artifact looted from the Iraq National Museum three years ago. "The headless stone statue of the Sumerian king Entemena of Lagash was turned over to the Iraqi government when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited Washington on Wednesday. The statue, which weighs hundreds of pounds, was taken by looters who slid or rolled it down the steps of the museum, damaging both the steps and other artifacts. More...
Chihuly's Glass Exhibit Was Damaged
Date: 25 Jul 2006 | Views: 5316
Not one piece of Artist Dale Chihuly's Glass in the Garden exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden was damaged or broken after Wednesday night's massive storm, which knocked down trees, buildings and power lines. More...
Works by Hitler's Favorite Sculptor on view in Germany
Date: 25 Jul 2006 | Views: 5410
Works by sculptor Arno Breker, favored by the Nazis for his monumental, classically inspired figures, has gone on display at the Schleswig-Hostein-Haus amid controversy over Breker's links to Adolf Hitler and his flourishing career in the Third Reich. It will be the first exhibition of Breker's More...
Frits Philips Collection at Sotheby's Amsterdam
Date: 25 Jul 2006 | Views: 6682
Sotheby's announced today that it will sell the collection of arts and antiques of the late Mr Frits Philips (1905-2005). Mr Philips was chairman of Royal Philips Electronics NV, more commonly known as Philips, one of the largest electronics companies in the world. The three day auction will take place in November 2006. More...
Christie's New York Appoints Ingrid Dudek
Date: 25 Jul 2006 | Views: 6735
Christie's New York announced the appointment of Ingrid Dudek as Assistant Vice President, Associate Specialist, Asian Contemporary Art. In this role, Ms. Dudek will play a central part in broadening the business getting activities in America within the rapidly developing area of Asian Contemporary Art. She will contribute to the... More...
Two killed after giant inflatable artwork is blown away
Date: 25 Jul 2006 | Views: 5177
Two women were killed and 13 people injured when an inflatable sculpture in the UK was blown 70 feet into the air by a gust of wind. "The Dreamspace installation was designed by Maurice Agis, 74, a renowned abstract artist who was at the scene yesterday. The structure is made from thin PVC sheets forming 115 multi-coloured inflated rooms and is about half the size of a football pitch. Visitors pay £5 to enter and wear a cape." More...
Museums? Research on Looting Seen to Lag
Date: 25 Jul 2006 | Views: 7369
A major survey of American museums has found that many have not yet done significant research to determine whether works in their collections were looted during the Nazi era, despite a collective agreement seven years ago to make such work a priority. More...
How Do You Tell A Real Pollock?
Date: 25 Jul 2006 | Views: 5807
Jackson "Pollock at his peak burned his past conditioning and present turmoil, his very identity and character as a man, and he burned them clean. There's nobody to recognize. That's why it can be hard at first sight to tell a true Pollock from a fake. He prepared us to believe that absolutely anything was possible for him. What determines authenticity for me is a hardly scientific, no doubt fallible intuition of a raging need that found respite only in art." More...
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