Art Buzz February 17, 2014: Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed by Protester at Miami Museum

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Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed by Protester at Miami Museum

Source: NYT, 2-17-14

“Colored Vases” by the artist Ai Weiwei at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in Florida in December 2013. Police on Sunday arrested a man who allegedly smashed one of the vases.
Daniel Azoulay/Perez Art Museum Miami, via European Pressphoto Agency

“Colored Vases” by the artist Ai Weiwei at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in Florida in December 2013. Police on Sunday arrested a man who allegedly smashed one of the vases.

A vase by the artist Ai Weiwei on display at the Pérez Art Museum Miami was destroyed in a protest by a local artist, museum and police officials said….READ MORE

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Art Buzz September 15, 2013: Marc Chagall: Love, War, and Exile at the Jewish Museum

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Horrors With Lighthearted Bookends

Jewish Museum Focuses on Chagall’s War Years

Source: NYT, 9-12-13

At the risk of sounding like a crank: Love is the problem with “Chagall: Love, War, and Exile” at the Jewish Museum….READ MORE

Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Chagall’s “Calvary,” a 1912 oil foreshadowing his wartime Crucifixion paintings evoking the horrors of the Holocaust.

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile

September 15, 2013 – February 2, 2014

Marc Chagall, The Juggler, 1943,oil on canvas, 43 ¼ × 31 ⅛ inches. Private collection. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris./Marc Chagall, Self-Portrait with Clock, 1947, oil on canvas, 33 ⅞ × 27 ⅞ inches. Private collection. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris./Marc Chagall, Time is a River without Banks, 1930–1939, oil on canvas, 39 ¼ × 32 inches. Collection of Kathleen Kapnick, New York. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist’s career from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile to New York. Marc Chagall (1887–1985), one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, created his unique style by drawing on elements from richly colored folk art motifs, the Russian Christian icon tradition, Cubism, and Surrealism….READ MORE

Art Buzz September 15, 2013: Reassured about Syria, Italy loans Israel Botticelli’s The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala

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Reassured about Syria, Italy loans Israel a Botticelli work

Botticelli's 'Annunciation'

Botticelli’s ‘Annunciation.’ Photo by Bloomberg

Italy’s culture ministry had declined to send the 15th-century “The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala” to the Israel Museum due to geopolitical and logistical considerations….READ MORE

Art Buzz September 9, 2013: ‘Sunset at Montmajour’: Long-lost Vincent Van Gogh painting discovered

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A van Gogh’s Trip From the Attic to the Museum

Source: NYT, 9-9-13

The work, titled “Sunset at Montmajour,” was painted in Arles in 1888. For decades, it was considered a fake and consigned to an attic….READ MORE

Art Buzz August 16, 2013: Brad Pitt Deemed Too ‘Dumb’ To Join Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Board

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Brad Pitt Too ‘Dumb’ To Join Art Museum Board

Source: The Inquisitr, 8-16-13

The World War Z star was reportedly very interested in being a member on the board of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Although Pitt seemed to think he had what it took for a spot, an insider says the actor was simply too “dumb” for the job….READ MORE

Art Buzz August 6, 2013: 8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

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8 Lost Masterpieces of Art

Source: History, 8-6-13

Despite the best efforts of museums and art collectors, many of the world’s most important paintings and sculptures no longer exist….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 8, 2013: Cezanne painting goes for $41.6 million at Sotheby’s Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art

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Cezanne painting goes for $41.6 million at Sotheby’s Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art

Source: Art Daily, AFP 5-8-13


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Cézanne’s painting ‘‘Les Pommes,’’ from around 1890.

Paul Cezanne’s “Les Pommes” sold for $41.6 million at an auction of Impressionist and Modern art held by Sotheby’s in New York, while a painting owned by pop star Madonna went for $7.16 million….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 7, 2013: A Destiny’s Child-Inspired Study Guide for Art History Majors

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A Destiny’s Child-Inspired Study Guide for Art History Majors

Source: BlackBook Magazine, 5-7-13

We here at BlackBook love fine art from many eras, and we also love Beyoncé. And as often happens with these things, some genius on the Internet has decided to marry the two at last….READ MORE

Art Buzz May 3, 2013: ‘Boy With Frog’ Sculpture to Be Removed in Venice

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‘Boy With Frog’ to Be Removed in Venice

Source: NYT, 5-3-13

To the chagrin of the artist, the city of Venice plans to remove the 2009 sculpture “Boy With a Frog” from a pivotal spot next to the Punta della Dogana museum….READ MORE

Art Buzz April 27, 2013: Family, ‘Not Willing to Forget,’ Pursues Art It Lost to Nazis

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Family, ‘Not Willing to Forget,’ Pursues Art It Lost to Nazis

Source: NYT, 4-27-13

Three generations of a Parisian art dealer’s family have worked tirelessly to recover Picassos, Cézannes and hundreds of other works….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 19, 2013: American gets back art taken by Nazis during World War II

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American gets back art taken by Nazis during WWII

Source: AP, 3-19-13

American Thomas Selldorff, speaks during a ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, to return seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners during World War II, as part of ongoing efforts to give back hundreds of looted artworks that still hang in the Louvre and other French museums. Selldorff reclaimed six German and Italian paintings that his grandfather, Richard Neumann, was forced to sell during World War II to flee Nazi occupation, and one other painting was returned to other recipients. In the background painting left, Sebastiano Ricci, (Belluno, 1659 - Venice, 1734), Abraham and the three angels, painting right, Gaspare Diziani(Belluno, 1689 - Venice, 1767), Allegory of Venice. Sign in front reads: ceremony of return of seven paintings spoils from the Nazi regime. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

View PhotoAssociated Press/Michel Euler – American Thomas Selldorff, speaks during a ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, to return seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners …more  during World War II, as part of ongoing efforts to give back hundreds of looted artworks that still hang in the Louvre and other French museums. Selldorff reclaimed six German and Italian paintings that his grandfather, Richard Neumann, was forced to sell during World War II to flee Nazi occupation, and one other painting was returned to other recipients. In the background painting left, Sebastiano Ricci, (Belluno, 1659 – Venice, 1734), Abraham and the three angels, painting right, Gaspare Diziani (Belluno, 1689 – Venice, 1767), Allegory of Venice. Sign in front reads: ceremony of return of seven paintings spoils from the Nazi regime. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Tom Selldorff was 6 years old when he saw his grandfather’s prized art collection for the last time in 1930s Vienna, before it fell into Nazi hands.

Now, he’s 84 — and in a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday, the American was finally given back a piece of his late grandfather’s memory: France has returned six of his stolen family masterpieces….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 19, 2013: A New Effort in Boston to Catch 1990 Art Heist Thieves

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A New Effort in Boston to Catch 1990 Art Thieves

Source: NYT, 3-19-13

“La Sortie de Pesage,” by Degas, was one of the paintings taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which provided the image of the stolen work.

The bureau said it believed it had figured out who pulled off a famous theft of 13 works of art, valued at up to $500 million, from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 15, 2013: Louvre museum returns Nazi-looted artwork stolen from Jewish owners

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Louvre museum returns Nazi-looted artwork

Source: BBC, 2-15-13 

Portrait of Bartolomeo Ferracina by Pietro Longhi and The Temptation of St Anthony by Sebastiano Ricci

Portrait of Bartolomeo Ferracina by Pietro Longhi and The Temptation of St Anthony by Sebastiano Ricci are among the four paintings held by the Louvre

The Miracle of Saint Eloi by Gaetano Gandolfi and Saint Francis of Paola by Francesco Fontebasso

The Miracle of Saint Eloi by Gaetano Gandolfi and Saint Francis of Paola by Francesco Fontebasso are among the four paintings held by the Louvre

Seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners in the 1930s are being returned to their surviving relatives as part of an ongoing French effort to give back looted, stolen or appropriated art.

The works include four paintings that currently hang in the Louvre in Paris.

Six of the pieces were owned by Richard Neumann, an Austrian Jew who sold off his collection at a fraction of its value in order to leave France.

The seventh was stolen in Prague from Josef Wiener, a Jewish banker….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 8, 2013: Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People defaced at Len’s Louvre gallery

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Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People defaced at Len’s Louvre gallery

Source: Guardian UK, 2-8-13

The Louvre’s Lens branch closed two galleries on Friday after a woman defaced its main attraction, Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.

Vincent Pomarede, Director of the paintings department at the Louvre Museum, poses front of Eugene Delacroix 's painting,

Vincent Pomarede, Director of the paintings department at the Louvre Museum, poses front of Eugene Delacroix ‘s painting, “Liberty Leading the People (28 July 1830) (La Liberte guidant le peuple) in “La Galerie du Temps”  Photo: REUTERS

The 28-year-old woman scribbled “AE911” on a foot long section at the bottom of the painting.

She was immediately seized by a guard and another visitor, and is being questioned by police.

“AE911” is a shortened form of “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth”, a group whose website says they are seeking to establish the truth behind the suicide attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001.

Liberty Leading the People is Delacroix’s most famous work, and it was chosen as the emblem of the Louvre-Lens at its opening last December….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 7, 2013: David Joselit: Interview: After Busan Biennale, Yale Art Historian Urges Art World to Think Local

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Interview: After Busan Biennale, Yale Art Historian Urges Art World to Think Local

Source: Asia Society (blog), 2-7-13

Asia Blog recently interviewed the art historian and critic David Joselit, Carnegie Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, to ask him about his recent trip to Busan, Korea to cover the 2012 Busan Biennale….READ MORE