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

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Art Buzz April 20, 2013: The Books that Shaped Art History – Review

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The Books that Shaped Art History – review

The essayists are bound by connections in this thrilling account of the history of 20th-century art

Source: Guardian UK, 4-20-13

The Bathers by Paul Cezanne

Form meets colour … A detail from The Bathers by Paul Cézanne (1894-1905). Photograph: Corbis

How strangely comforting it is to learn that a book as important as Roger Fry’s Cézanne slipped into the world in less than stellar circumstances. It was first published in 1926 in a French magazine with virtually no illustrations, and all Fry received in return was a handful of free copies. Even when his friends Virginia and Leonard Woolf came to the rescue a year later and did an English version for their Hogarth Press, Cézanne: A Study of His Development, it left a lot to be desired. There were pictures this time, but laid out so crazily that even the mildest reader might feel annoyed at having to flip back and forth to find what they were after….READ MORE

Art Buzz April 3, 2013: Jean-Luc Martinez: New Director at the Louvre

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New Boss at the Louvre

Source: NYT, 4-3-13

Jean-Luc Martinez, an archaeologist and art historian, will be the next director of the Louvre….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 28, 2013: Canterbury Cathedral’s Stained-Glass Windows at the Getty Museum

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Canterbury’s Windows at the Getty Museum

Source: NYT, 3-28-13

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One of the stained glass panels from the Canterbury Cathedral that will be on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Two rare examples of English medieval art — stained-glass panels from the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent and the illuminated book of psalms known as the St. Albans Psalter — will be exhibited together at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles….READ MORE

Art Buzz March 22, 2013: Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints From the Albertina Exhbition at the National Gallery of Art The Renaissance Followed Him North

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The Renaissance Followed Him North

Source: NYT, 3-22-13

Albertina, Vienna

Albrecht Dürer This exhibition at the National Gallery of Art includes “An Elderly Man of 93 Years,” from 1521.

The National Gallery’s new exhibition of works by Albrecht Dürer “Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints From the Albertina,” covers his career from beginning to end….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 22, 2013: The Cross-Dressing of Art and Couture Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Cross-Dressing of Art and Couture ‘Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity,’ at the Met

Source: NYT, 2-22-13

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Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity Monet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” and a white cotton piqué day dress in this exhibition at the Met. More Photos »

The Met’s exhibition “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” brings together great paintings, lavish garments and accessories to detail the entwined rise of modern painting, modern fashion and modern (upper middle-class) life in the 19th century….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 15, 2013: Piero della Francesca: At the Altar of Renaissance Tuscany at the Frick Collection

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At the Altar of Renaissance Tuscany

Source: NYT, 2-15-13

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Piero della Francesca in America , at the Frick Collection, shows six altarpiece panels by Piero, including “Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels.”

“Piero della Francesca in America,” at the Frick Collection, reunites six panels from a single altarpiece, painted by Piero in the mid-to-late 15th century….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

Art Buzz February 5, 2013: Kim Sajet: New Director Named for National Portrait Gallery in Washington

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New Director Named for National Portrait Gallery

Source: NYT, 2-5-13

Kim Sajet, the current president and chief executive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, will be the new director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 1, 2013: Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘Buddhism Along the Silk Road’: ‘5th-8th Century’

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‘Buddhism Along the Silk Road’: ‘5th-8th Century’

Source: NYT, 2-1-13

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A bust from “Buddhism Along the Silk Road,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Buddhism Along the Silk Road: 5th-8th Century,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tells a story of the transmission and transfer of art….READ MORE

Art Buzz January 25, 2013: The Path of Nature at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Great Outdoors

Source: NYT, 1-25-13

The Path of Nature  Paul Flandrin’s “View of the Villa Torlonia, Frascati, at Dusk,” in this show at the Met.
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The Path of Nature Paul Flandrin’s “View of the Villa Torlonia, Frascati, at Dusk,” in this show at the Met.

A new Met exhibition includes 50 French paintings from the years between neo-Classicism and Romanticism, with a particular love for gleaming oil sketches that were done outdoors….READ MORE

Art Buzz October 16, 2012: A Picasso and a Gauguin Are Among 7 Works Stolen From Kunsthal Museum

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A Picasso and a Gauguin Are Among 7 Works Stolen From a Dutch Museum

Source: NYT, 10-16-12

Art thieves made off overnight with seven paintings, including a Picasso, a Matisse, a Gauguin and two Monets, from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam….READ MORE