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- Researchers spotted the artist’s signature, among other clues to the 16th-century painting’s provenance, on the canvas For more than 100 years, a yellowed painting of the Last Supper hung largely unnoticed on a church wall in Ledbury, a town of almost 10,000 in western England. Most worshippers never gave the 12- by 5-foot canvas a second glance, though some did suggest that the parish "get rid of it," as Reverend Keith Hilton-Turvey tells the Hereford Times ’ Charlotte Moreau. Now, ...


- The Louvre in Paris has been reunited with two long-lost pieces of Italian Renaissance armour, nearly 40 years after they were stolen. The ornate helmet and breastplate had been recognised by a military expert in Bordeaux, who was asked to appraise a local family's collection. Police are investigating how the family came to inherit the items. Made between 1560 and 1580 in Milan, the armour had been donated in 1922 to the museum by the Rothschild family. Mystery still surrounds the theft on 31 ...

Source: bbc.com

- Klimt painted his masterpiece in the aftermath of a major professional crisis. In a glittering gold realm, two lovers, a man and a woman, embrace on a flowery field that ends beneath the kneeling woman’s bare feet. The man leans down to kiss his beloved, his face turned away so we see only the dark of his hair, crowned by a ring of laurels. The woman, with a halo of red hair surrounding her face, seems to collapse into his caress: her eyes are closed, one hand is languidly draped around his ...


- Ben Heller, Pioneering Collector of Abstract Expressionism: ‘There’s Nobody Else in That League’ Ben Heller , who died in 2019, amassed a legendary collection of Abstract Expressionism, supporting artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and others at a time when few else would. But before he dispersed his works to some of the world’s top museums, in particular the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he kept them in his Central Park West apartment. Thousands of visitors made the ...

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- Newly announced gift of 100 works by 76 artists runs the gamut from photojournalism to experimental images Psychotherapist Helen Kornblum has collected works by women photographers for decades. Now, she’s donated 100 of these images to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. As Cassie Packard reports for Hyperallergic , the 76 artists featured in the collection include early Modernists, photojournalists and experimental artists active today. Kornblum made the donation in honor of ...


- Alan Bowness, a leading writer, curator, and philanthropist in the British art world who helped establish the prestigious Turner Prize, has died at the age of 93. According to a statement shared by his family, Bowness died of natural causes at his home in London. The internationally renowned scholar was the first trained art historian to become director of London’s Tate Gallery , a position he held from 1980 to 1988. During his tenure, he spearheaded the creation of a ‘Tate of the North," ...

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- Kusama uses uncomplicated shapes and colors to build bridges between audiences. In these turbulent times, creativity and empathy are more necessary than ever to bridge divides and find solutions. Artnet News’s Art and Empathy Project is an ongoing investigation into how the art world can help enhance emotional intelligence, drawing insights and inspiration from creatives, thought leaders, and great works of art. Yayoi Kusama is a household name, and an artist like no other. Her life story, ...


- Artist’s installation, delayed for months by Covid-19, playfully engages with the museum’s classical architecture When Carol Bove was first asked by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create sculptures for the niches along its Fifth Avenue façade, she faced a bit of a conundrum: she felt she had to consider “every inch” of the architecture, even as she realised that she would have to challenge its Beaux-Arts forms. “In a way, I think they’re kind of impolite,” the Brooklyn-based ...


- More than 100 impressionist masterworks, including 19 Monet paintings, will travel to Melbourne from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this year as part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition. NGV director Tony Ellwood announced the blockbuster exhibition on Monday as part of the gallery’s unveiling of its 2021 program – an announcement delayed by two weeks due to Melbourne’s snap five-day lockdown in February. Along with the Monet works, paintings from ...


- The museum first came about when German art collector and dealer, Helga de Alvear, moved to Madrid and became increasingly interested in the Spanish art scene. She acquired a collection of 3000 contemporary artworks over four decades, and decided to gift the collection to the Spanish region of Extremadura. The Helga de Alvear Foundation was established in November 2006 in response to Helga's wish to share her collection of art by more than 500 artists from five continents with the public. She ...


- Works by Mark Rothko , Helen Frank Frankenthaler, Francis Bacon, and more modern masters are heading to the Seattle Art Museum as a part of a landmark gift. The museum announced on Thursday that it has received 19 artworks from the Friday Foundation, led by the heirs of the late Seattle arts collectors and patrons Jane Lang Davis and Richard Lang. The gift also carries $10.5 million in funds dedicated to the museum’s postwar and contemporary art conservation programs. In addition to the ...

Source: artnews.com

- Estimated at €5m to €8m, the work finds a distinctive pastoral side to the Paris neighbourhood An 1887 painting of Montmartre in Paris by Vincent Van Gogh is appearing on the market for the first time next month after belonging to the same French family for over a century. It is being sold on 25 March at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale in Paris in conjunction with the Parisian auction house Mirabaud Mercier. Titled Scène de rue à Montmartre (Impasse des deux frères et le ...


- Adventures with Van Gogh is a weekly blog by Martin Bailey, our long-standing correspondent and expert on the artist. Published every Friday, his stories will range from newsy items about this most intriguing artist to scholarly pieces based on his own meticulous investigations and discoveries. Pissarro predicted that Van Gogh 'would either go mad or leave the Impressionists far behind' Fresh evidence of Camille’s admiration for Vincent: an unpublished document reveals he owned the Dutch ...


- If the French capital is "well worth a mass", as King Henri IV supposedly once said, so are its myriad churches stacked with overlooked treasures – all the more so in the bleak age of Covid. Had le bon roi Henri lived in present times, he may well have decided Paris was worth a miss. With the city’s cherished museums, theatres, cinemas and concert halls all desperately shut , and a “not-even-in-wartime” 6pm curfew in place, it’s currently all work and no play for most Parisians, holed ...

Source: france24.com

- We caught up with the gallerist on what's inside his personal collection. Gallerists are the first to tell you about that great new artist everyone is coveting. But eagle-eyed collectors often know to look beyond the gallery walls, to the back-room goodies being held back for the right client. But why not go one further? What’s in art dealer’s collection? We spoke with the London- and Hong Kong-based gallerist Ben Brown to find out just that. Brown was immersed in the art world from a young ...


- Picture: The Guardian Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz: The arts columnist Jonathan Jones of the Guardian has asked the above question in his recent review on the Rijksmuseum's new exhibition Slavery . Jones describes the shock inclusion of Rembrandt's 1634 full length portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit (pictured): But there’s a deeply troubling side to this couple’s wealth – and Rembrandt may have wanted us to register that there was something amiss. Soolmans was heir to one of ...


- In a compelling new HBO documentary, film-maker Sam Pollard speaks to prominent creatives to tell the struggle and success of African American art “I get up at 7.30 in the morning and then I’m at my computer working, thinking about new ideas, pushing along the projects that I’m involved in,” 70-year-old Sam Pollard explains. The documentary film-maker, as an editor, frequently collaborated with Spike Lee on films such as Mo’ Better Blues, 4 Little Girls and Bamboozled. His storied ...





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