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 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

Art Buzz June 19, 2012: Man Caught On Tape Vandalizing A Picasso At Houston Art Museum

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Man Caught On Tape Vandalizing A Picasso At Houston Art Museum

Source: Business Insider, 6-19-12

In a brazen display of vandalism and apparent misguided expression, a Houston man was caught on cellphone and surveillance camera spray painting Picasso’s 1929 “Woman in a Red Armchair,” according to The Houston Chronicle.

The currently unknown vandal painted an image of a bullfighter killing a bull and sprayed the word “Conquista” on the painting, which is housed at The Menil Collection in Houston, an eyewitness told KPRC-TV in Houston.

An anonymous witness to the attack told KPRC that he began recording his video when he saw the man creep dangerously close to the painting’s canvas. After the defacement, the onlooker sprinted after the graffiti artist who told him that he had “retouched” the rare painting as a way to make a name for himself and honor Picasso’s work.

Let us be unequivocal in declaring — because apparently in Houston there is some confusion on the matter — that tastelessly tagging a masterpiece with ill-conceived scribbles is NOT an acceptable mode of self-expression, nor will it ever be construed as an homage. A matador slaying a bull is on nearly every t-shirt sold in Spain. It’s far from being a wondrously original graphical depiction….READ MORE