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Detroit Mum on Proposal to Use Its Art as Collateral
A confidential report to the bankrupt city offers a loan of $500 million to $3 billion, collateralized by pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Fight Rages in Norway over Sale of Barbara Hepworth Sculpture
A battle has broken out over the sale of Barbara Hepworth’s Figure for Landscape (1960) by Norway’s much-loved Kunsthall Stavanger, in the country’s third largest city.
Delaware Art Museum sanctioned for selling painting at auction
The Assn. of Art Museum Directors sanctioned the Delaware Art Museum on Wednesday for selling its 1868 William Holman Hunt painting “Isabella and the Pot of Basil” this week to help make debt payments and build its endowment.
Christie’s to Return Cambodian Statue
Christie’s to return Cambodian statue
Cornelius Gurlitt, Scrutinized Son of Nazi-Era Art Dealer, Dies at 81
By MELISSA EDDY and ALISON SMALE via NYTimes
BERLIN — Cornelius Gurlitt, the German recluse who captured the art world’s attention last fall after it was revealed that he had kept hidden for decades a collection of 19th- and 20th-century European masterworks amassed by his father under the Nazis in his Munich apartment, died on Tuesday [...]
Reckless: In Pursuit of Shiva, the National Gallery of Australia Ignored the Advice of Its Attorney
Chasing Aphrodite has another update on the Kapoor case. This time it seems that they have proof that the attorney for the National Gallery of Australia strongly advised them not to acquire the Shiva that is now known to have been stolen from a temple in 2006.
NYTimes: Zuni Ask Europe to Return Sacred Art
The Zuni Native American tribe has been active in reclaiming ceremonial objects, and is now making a moral case to museums beyond the reach of federal law.
Better networking to improve provenance research
Schwabinger Art Trove taskforce brings together international experts in the search for stolen art. Germany also has plans for a unified network, says taskforce director, Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel.
Norwegian Museum to Return Matisse Looted From French Art Dealer by the Nazis
A museum in Norway co-founded by the Olympic skating champion Sonja Henie has agreed to return one of its signature works, a portrait by Matisse, to the New York family of a prewar Paris art dealer after determining the painting was stolen by the Nazis.
Limits on Ivory Sales, Meant to Protect Elephants, Set Off Wide Concerns
New federal rules aimed at blocking the sale of ivory to protect endangered elephants are causing an uproar among musicians, antiques dealers, gun collectors and thousands of others whose ability to sell, repair or travel with legally acquired ivory objects will soon be prohibited.
Event: “Money, Market, or Mission? Museums in a Changing World”
Seton Hall University is proud to present Judith Dobrzynski, award-winning journalist, in conversation with Sally Yerkovich, Director of the University’s Institute of Museum Ethics, on the topic of “Money, Market, or Mission? Museums in a Changing World.”
Cornelius Gurlitt Sets Up Website
The website,’The Gurlitt Collection: Facts – Arguments’, in both German and English, contains four sections: The Gurlitt Collection, which comprises a Chronology, Structure of the Collection, Legal Background by Dr Hannes Hartung, Questions and Answers and Media Comment; the second is a Media Section; the third is a Claim Sheet; and the fourth a [...]
A Modigliani? Who Says So?
Art by Modigliani illustrates the confusion surrounding the authentication of expensive works, and a legal hearing on Thursday is one example of how the art market contends with this uncertainty.
Private groups donate $330M as effort to preserve DIA art builds
An unprecedented pledge of $330 million in private funds to preserve Detroit’s storied art collection and boost its ailing pension funds could be the first step toward quickly resolving the city’s historic bankruptcy, legal experts said Monday.
Not All Monuments Men Were Men
In February 1952, as Europe rebuilt after World War II, Ardelia Ripley Hall arrived in Bonn, Germany, to play her part in a bold American military mission that had begun about a decade earlier. Ms. Hall was no soldier. She was a petite, white-gloved scholar working for the State Department and bearing a 350-year-old gift, a portrait of St. Catherine by Rubens that had gone missing from a Düsseldorf museum during the war.
Poland: The Hunt For Stolen Art
In a room in the ministry of foreign affairs, Poland’s foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, presented on January 8th a collection of 80 stunning paintings and drawings. Stolen by Nazi forces from the capital’s national museum in 1944 in the aftermath of the Warsaw uprising, they were returned to Agnieska Morawinska, the national museum’s current director.
Sending Artworks Home, but to Whom?
By TOM MASHBERG
The paleontologist Richard Leakey has called their removal a “sacrilege.” Kenyan villagers have said their theft led to crop failure and ailing livestock. It is little wonder, then, that the long, slender wooden East African memorial totems known as vigango are creating a spiritual crisis of sorts for American museums. Many want to [...]
Surprise! Charity Buys 21 Sacred Katsinam for Hopi at Auction in Paris
International efforts failed to stop 25 sacred items from being auctioned in Paris, and in a saddening case of deja vu, the pieces, most of them katsinam treasured by the Hopi, were sold on Monday.
Detroit Institute of Arts statement regarding City of Detroit’s eligibility to file for bankruptcy
The museum could be forced to close, if its world-class collection is allowed to be even partially sold to pay off Detroit’s creditors during the city’s bankruptcy proceedings. Founded in 1885, the museum has amassed a world-class collection through the patronage of press barons and auto industry giants. It was the first American museum to buy works by Van Gogh and Matisse. It has one of just two works by the Dutch master Bruegel that can be viewed in the United States.
Steinhardt Redux: Feds Seize Fresco Looted from Italian World Heritage Site, Destined for New York Billionaire
Federal agents in New York have seized a looted fresco fragment destined for Michael Steinhardt, the billionaire hedge fund titan turned antiquities collector, according to court records filed last week.
Fate of Detroit’s Art Hangs in the Balance
With a ruling by a federal judge on Tuesday that Detroit is eligible to enter bankruptcy, the fate of the city’s art collection — one of the finest in the country — now moves front and center in the legal battle over the city’s future.
Poland wants details on Gurlitt collection
The spectacular discovery in a Munich apartment of artworks seized by Nazis has made headlines outside Germany. Polish historians wonder if the Gurlitt collection includes looted Polish paintings.
Forging an Art Market in China
The Chinese art market is flooded with forgeries, often mass-produced, and has become a breeding ground for corruption, as business executives curry favor with officials by bribing them with art.
In interview with Der Spiegel, Recluse defiantly stakes claim to Nazi-era art hoard
Cornelius Gurlitt, a German recluse who hid hundreds of paintings believed looted by the Nazis in his Munich flat, says he will not give up the works without a fight, quashing hopes for a quick settlement.
Angela Merkel’s spokesman says Germany to include Jewish group in hunt for Nazi-looted art
Germany moved Wednesday to answer further criticism of its handling of a vast trove of Nazi-looted art by pledging to include Jewish advocates in a search for rightful owners and fix a website cataloguing the works.
NY court rules ancient gold tablet belongs to Berlin museum, not Holocaust survivor’s heirs
In a ruling rejecting any claims to the “spoils of war,” New York’s highest court concluded Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, that an ancient gold tablet must be returned to the German museum that lost it in World War II.
Germany to Form Task Force on Looted Art
German authorities are reacting to calls to release information quickly about paintings, many looted, that were discovered in Munich.
$30 Million Georgia O’Keeffe Collection Makes Its Way To Arkansas
After years of legal wrangling, a renowned art collection including pieces by the famous painter Georgia O’Keeffe and her late husband, Alfred Stieglitz, will make its debut at a museum in northwest Arkansas.
Pressure Mounts to Return Nazi-Looted Art
As more reports emerged about a German art dealer’s shady business with the Nazis, there were calls for the authorities to do more to return lost artworks to their rightful owners.
German Officials Provide Details on Looted Art Trove
A collection of about 1,400 works of art discovered last year at the home of an elderly man includes works by Picasso, Chagall, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and major German artists.
Dutch museum masterpieces may be Nazi loot, probe reveals
The Hague (AFP) – A probe by Dutch museums revealed Tuesday that 139 of their artworks, including a Matisse and two Kandinsky paintings, may have been stolen by the Nazis during World War II, many from Jewish owners.
Around a quarter of the 162 Dutch museums that took part in the probe into art acquisitions [...]
Sued Over Pay, Condé Nast Ends Internship Program
By CARA BUCKLEY
By CARA BUCKLEY
For Lauren Indvik, a business editor and soon-to-be co-editor in chief at Fashionista, the 2008 internship at Vogue was worth every sacrifice.
The 15 pounds frantically lost in the weeks before the interview. The predawn drive from New Hampshire to Times Square. The bed shared with a fellow penny-pinching friend near Pennsylvania Station, and [...]
Ceremonial mask returned to Arizona’s Hopi tribe
Tribal rights organization Survival has returned a ceremonial mask to Arizona’s Hopi tribe after it was sold at auction in Paris, the group said on Monday.
Tale of Glorious Art and Not So Glorious Thieves
Italian authorities recently announced a seizure of antiquities that appear to have been found by looters who stumbled upon the trove while digging to build a garage.
A Russian Museum Feud With Putin in the Middle
The longtime director of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is stepping down, weeks after trying to involve President Vladimir V. Putin in a dispute with the Hermitage.
Museums Faulted on Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art
Marty Grosz, the son of German artist George Grosz, seeks the return of some of his father’s works that were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
When art fought the Cold War
A touring exhibition recreates the CIA’s 1946 secret weapon that scandalized conservatives
What Is a Warhol? The Buried Evidence by Richard Dorment | The New York Review of Books
After Andy Warhol died in February 1987, his will directed that a foundation should be set up in his name, funded with proceeds from the sale of some 95,000 pictures, prints, sculptures, drawings, and photographs left in his estate. As well as creating and endowing the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts provides financial support to artists and scholars, galleries, publications, and educational projects.
Putin hands over contested books to Moscow’s Jewish Museum
The Russian president says he hopes the legal conflict over the collection will be resolved, but Brooklyn Chabad group disagrees
Museum’s disposal of Nishga Girl boat a “tremendous insult,” Japanese Canadians say
The Canadian Museum of Civilization’s decision to dispose of a wooden gill net boat donated to the museum 15 years ago is “a tremendous insult,” says the president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians.
Italian Praised for Saving Jews Is Now Seen as Nazi Collaborator
Information about Giovanni Palatucci, celebrated for saving Jews, is being removed from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in light of evidence that the tales may be untrue.
Anxiety in Detroit Over a Prized Car Trove
The possibility of a bankruptcy filing by Detroit has raised concerns about the fate of 62 classic cars managed by the city’s historical society.
Ethics Smackdown: Preamble
By Elizabeth Merritt
By Elizabeth Merritt
Last week I wrote about the Ethics Smackdown that took place at the Alliance annual meeting last month. This week, Sally Yerkovich, director of the Institute of Museum Ethics at Seton Hall University and moderator of the debate, sets the stage for the arguments for and against the proposition to revisit the Alliance [...]
Chicago’s Famed Field Museum Struggles To Dig Out Of A Hole
By Cheryl Corely
By Cheryl Corely
The economy may be on the rebound, but many cultural institutions are still struggling to regain their financial footing. That’s especially true for one of the country’s most recognized museums — the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Known internationally for its research as well as its exhibits, the Field Museum must [...]
The Met Will Return a Pair of Statues to Cambodia
Six weeks ago the Metropolitan Museum of Art sent two of its top executives to Cambodia to resolve a thorny dispute: whether two pieces of ancient Khmer art that the museum has long prominently exhibited were the product of looting.
A medieval ecclesiastical treasure acquired by the Prussian state in 1935 and later presented by Hermann Göring to Hitler as a “surprise gift” was legally purchased from a consortium of Jewish art dealers, whose heirs have no rightful claim at restitution, a panel convened by the German government said Thursday.
From Egyptian mummies to Ötzi the Iceman, human remains are a common, if macabre, feature of
museum exhibits. Writing in Clinical Anatomy, Dr. Philippe Charlier explores the argument that curators have an ethical obligation to return these bodies to their native communities for burial.
The recent case of the ‘Irish Giant’ Charles Byrne reveals that this [...]
By PATRICIA COHEN
A Queens foundry owner who was accused of trying to sell fake Jasper Johns works for millions of dollars pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of wire fraud in Manhattan federal court, according to The Associated Press. In 1990, Mr. Johns had entrusted Brian Ramnarine, the owner of Empire Bronze Art Foundry, [...]
France has returned to Egypt five artefacts from the Ptolemaic dynasty (300 BC) that were smuggled out of the country after the 2011 uprising, an Egyptian official said Wednesday.
“The team in charge of monitoring sales of artefacts identified five pieces dating from the Ptolemaic dynasty on Internet websites, two of which were being auctioned [...]
Posted on November 11, 2013 | No CommentsDavid Whitley visits Florence's alternative tourist attraction, a museum dedicated to serial killers.
Posted on November 4, 2013 | No Commentsvia Chasing Aphrodite On the front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, Jason has the scoop on Cornell University’s decision to return 10,000 cuneiform tablets of unclear provenance to Iraq. The tablets were donated and lent to Cornell by New York attorney Jonathan Rosen, one of the world’s leading collectors of Near Eastern antiquities. Rosen is a [...]
Posted on November 4, 2013 | No Comments3 November 2013 A collection of 1,500 artworks confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s has been found in the German city of Munich, media reports say. The trove is believed to include works by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall, the news magazine Focus reports. Some of the works were declared as degenerate by the Nazis, while [...]