Casting Blame for Looting in Trial of Getty Ex-Curator
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | Views: 4289
ROME. — In a move that seemed to gratify prosecutors, lawyers for a former curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles who is on trial here asked on Wednesday that the court admit as evidence a letter in which the curator railed against her former employer. More...
Christie's Appoints Francis Wahlgren
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | Views: 7830
NEW YORK. - Building on the strong business results of the International Books and Manuscripts Department, Christie's is pleased to announce the appointment of Francis Wahlgren as International Specialist Head of the Books and Manuscripts department, effective January 2007. More...
Early American Silver: 1670-1820 at Christie's
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | Views: 7417
NEW YORK. - This January Christie’s presents Early American Silver: 1670-1820 -January 18. The sale of Early American Silver which opens the Americana sales at Christie’s on January 18 is exemplary in that is the first such dedicated sale to be staged at Christie’s in nearly fifteen years. More...
Surrealist Art To Be Featured at Sotheby's in February
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | Views: 16776
LONDON, ENGLAND - Sotheby’s sale of Surrealist Art on the evening of Monday, February 5, 2007 will include 21 works that are together estimated to realise more than £9 million, making this one of the biggest such sales ever staged. More...
Can Museums Play In Today's Art Market?
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | Views: 5724
IN 1961, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York rallied its supporters and snapped up an important Rembrandt painting at auction for $2.3 million. Los Angeles industrialist Norton Simon, then a fledgling collector, also planned to buy "Aristotle With a Bust of Homer," but he didn't have a chance. He was prepared to spend up to $1 million. Bidding opened at $1.5 million. More...
Is The Art Market Tearing Apart Museums?
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | Views: 3293
This is a tale of two de-accessions, the term used for the disposal of works of art by a public institution, usually through sale. The practice is legitimate but thorny — legitimate because any institution's leaders, who benefit from public tax subsidy, must be free to make decisions they believe to be in the public interest; and thorny because the public is rarely unanimous in deciding what its interests are. More...
Can researchers crack real life da Vinci mystery?
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | Views: 10194
Rome — A real-life da Vinci mystery, complete with tantalizing clues and sharp art sleuths, may soon be solved, as researchers resume the search for a lost Leonardo masterpiece believed to be hidden within a wall in a Florence palace. More...
The Da Vinci codex versus the museum code
Date: 18 Jan 2007 | Views: 3427
For years, the Hammer has walked a fine ethical line, relying on money from the sale of a famed cultural object.
By Christopher Reynolds and Hugh Hart, Special to The Times. In less than 17 years of institutional life, as the Hammer Museum has grown from orphanhood into contemporary art stardom, director Ann Philbin has won a reputation as a remarkably successful turnaround artist. More...