Vermeer – The Movie

Vermeer – The Movie

Sony Pictures Classics announced they have acquired worldwide rights to the documentary TIM’S VERMEER, directed by Teller of PENN & TELLER fame. Produced by Teller’s stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to… Read More

Charles Saatchi’s art collection up for sale

Charles Saatchi’s art collection up for sale

August 2nd, 2013 | Art Market, Collectors, News, People

Charles Saatchi is selling off part of his multimillion-pound art collection at auction just days after Nigella Lawson divorced him at London’s High Court. The divorce of 70-year-old Saatchi and 53-year-old celebrity chef Lawson can become final after six weeks and a day, with the… Read More

Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties

Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties

July 25th, 2013 | China, Museums, News, Politics, Taiwan

Taiwan plans to loan for the first time a treasured painting to China in yet another sign of warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Thursday. Previously, Chinese requests to borrow nationally important cultural relics have been rejected as Taiwan feared the… Read More

MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch quits his job

MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch quits his job

July 24th, 2013 | Museums, News, USA

Jeffrey Deitch, a former New York art dealer, has decided to step down as director of the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum after three tumultuous years. One person, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that Deitch was “choosing to step down,” The Los… Read More

Detroit’s Creditors Eye Its Art Collection

Detroit’s Creditors Eye Its Art Collection

July 22nd, 2013 | Business, Museums, News, USA

As Detroit files for bankruptcy — the largest American city ever to do so — the impressive collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts has become a political bargaining chip in a fight that could drag on for years between the city and its army… Read More

Art dealer Glafira Rosales faces 20 years in prison

Art dealer Glafira Rosales faces 20 years in prison

July 19th, 2013 | Art Dealers, Forgery, Law, News

An art dealer who allegedly duped two top New York galleries into buying counterfeit paintings she presented as works by Modernist masters has been indicted for fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. Prosecutors said Glafira Rosales, 56, will be arraigned in a Manhattan court Friday… Read More

Picasso, Monet and Matisse burned in oven

Picasso, Monet and Matisse burned in oven

July 18th, 2013 | Art Theft, News

A Romanian museum official said Wednesday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings — including a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet — contains paint, canvas and nails. The finding is evidence that Olga Dogaru… Read More

Rijksmuseum acquired one of the earliest paintings of America

Rijksmuseum acquired one of the earliest paintings of America

July 17th, 2013 | Art History, News, Paintings, USA

The Rijksmuseum has acquired a painting by Jan Mostaert, ‘Landscape with an Episode from the Conquest of America’ (c. 1535), the earliest known panel with an imaginary depiction of the Spanish conquest of the American continent. What is striking is that the painting does not… Read More

400 Picasso artworks stolen by handyman, claims stepdaughter

400 Picasso artworks stolen by handyman, claims stepdaughter

July 16th, 2013 | Art Theft, France, News

More than 400 artworks by Pablo Picasso have been stolen from the home of his stepdaughter, she has claimed, in what appears to be one of the strangest art thefts of recent times. “Catherine Hutin-Blay, the only daughter of the painter’s second wife Jacqueline, believes… Read More

Sotheby’s Considers Selling Its Headquarters

Sotheby’s Considers Selling Its Headquarters

June 21st, 2013 | Architecture, Auctions, News, USA

Sotheby’s, the auction house that has for centuries put other people’s treasures up for sale, is in the early days of exploring whether it should place one of its own on the block: its glittering glass-and-granite-fronted worldwide headquarters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan…. Read More