Berlin police seize 3 Hitler paintings as possible fakes

Europe 01/25/19, 09:30

Berlin police say experts are examining three watercolor landscapes allegedly painted by a young Adolf Hitler to determine if they are fakes.Spokesman Martin Halweg said Friday the paintings were seized from an auction house in the German capital after the Berlin police department received a complaint questioning their authenticity.The paintings, ...

Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ staying put in Amsterdam museum

Entertainment 01/24/19, 08:19

A "full body scan" carried out on the Van Gogh Museum's version of the Dutch master's iconic "Sunflowers" has shown the painting is not fit to travel because it's in "stable but vulnerable" condition, the museum's director said Thursday."We've decided that any stresses that the picture could be subjected to ...

Man exonerated after 45 years sells his prison art to get by

U.S. 01/18/19, 12:23

Richard Phillips said he didn't mope much during the 45 years he wrongfully spent in prison. He painted watercolors in his cell: warm landscapes, portraits of famous people like Mother Teresa, vases of flowers, a bassist playing jazz."I didn't actually think I'd ever be free again. This art is what ...

Theft of church painting puzzles Belgian police

Entertainment 01/16/19, 13:55

It's probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn't stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. But the disappearance of a painting that a priest claimed resembled a work by the Renaissance master has Belgian investigators scratching their heads.The wood-mounted art piece — "The Silence ...

South Korea seizes North Korean paintings due to sanctions

Business 01/16/19, 05:05

South Korean officials said Wednesday they have stopped businessmen from bringing North Korean paintings into the country that a report said were purchased at an art studio under U.N. sanctions.Observers say similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea's liberal government pushes for deeper exchanges with North Korea.The Korea Customs ...

Helped by Beyonce clip, Paris’ Louvre breaks visitor record

Europe 01/03/19, 12:22

The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, received a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, numbers boosted by a video clip shot by pop star Beyonce amid its paintings and sculptures. The Louvre also mentioned in a statement Thursday the success of its flagship exhibition on French master Delacroix ...

Renaissance master: Tintoretto’s 500th spans 2 continents

Entertainment 12/23/18, 02:54

A Venetian cloth dyer's son, Tintoretto spent his entire career in Venice, becoming widely considered the last great painter of the Renaissance.The lagoon city's churches and palazzi essentially serve as a permanent retrospective of this native son's formidable talents in using dramatic color, bold brushstrokes and daringly innovative perspective on ...

Painting stolen in WWII is heading from US to Ukraine

Europe 12/22/18, 16:29

A painting that was stolen during World War II and later spent decades in a Connecticut home will be returned to an art museum in Ukraine, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The FBI seized the painting after a retired couple in Ridgefield transported it to Washington, D.C., to be auctioned ...

Spain, California family go to trial over disputed Nazi art

California 12/04/18, 01:07

Seventy-nine years ago a Jewish woman named Lilly Cassirer surrendered her family's priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.On Tuesday her great-grandson will walk into a U.S. courtroom for the latest round of what has been a nearly ...

West Texas gallery challenges artists to submit tiny art

Texas 12/02/18, 10:45

Big fans of unusual art may have to squint in order to check out 120 pieces of tiny artwork in West Texas.An exhibit called "Tiny Art!" is running through Dec. 22 at the 1818 Arthouse, a gallery in Snyder, the Abilene Reporter-News reports."This show is literally about small artwork, the ...

Painting found in Romania studied as possibly stolen Picasso

Entertainment 11/18/18, 10:02

Romanian prosecutors are investigating if a painting by Pablo Picasso that was snatched from a museum in the Netherlands six years ago has turned up in Romania.Four Romanians were convicted in the 2012 heist of Picasso's "Tete d'Arlequin" and six other valuable paintings from the Kunsthal gallery in Rotterdam.One of ...

2 paintings belonging to LOVE artist are being auctioned

Entertainment 11/16/18, 08:59

The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, is auctioning off two paintings that belonged to him to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to stabilize his deteriorating home.Not everyone is happy about it.Critics, including Princeton art professor emeritus John Wilmerding, are especially disappointed ...

David Hockney painting fetches record $90M at NYC auction

Entertainment 11/15/18, 23:10

A painting by the British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie's on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction.Among his famous "pool paintings," ''Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" is considered one of his premier works. The ...

Spain: Artist arrested for red paint on late dictator’s tomb

Europe 10/31/18, 11:35

An artist was arrested briefly in Spain after painting a dove in red on Gen. Francisco Franco's tomb, an attack that comes as debate rages in Spain over the exhumation of the country's 20th-century dictator.Enrique Tenreiro can be seen in a video shared online as he kneels before Franco's tomb ...

New Orleans museum shows art collected by namesake duke

Europe 10/25/18, 12:43

The New Orleans Museum of Art is winding up the city's tricentennial with an exhibition of dozens of paintings collected by the man the city is named for: Philippe II, Duke of Orleans. He was King Louis XIV's nephew and regent of France for eight years, ruling for the boy ...

FBI: Sotheby’s defrauded of $5 million in auction scheme

New York 10/17/18, 14:34

A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman's identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby's auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings.Joakim von Ditmar and Antonio DiMarco are accused of ...

French court rules Pissarro painting belongs to Jewish heirs

Entertainment 10/02/18, 12:40

A Paris appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling ordering an American couple to return a Camille Pissarro painting to the descendants of a Jewish family that owned the art work before it was seized during World War II.The couple, prominent Philadelphia collectors Bruce and Robbi Toll, loaned Pissarro's "La ...

Performance artist unhurt after hit by painting in Italy

Entertainment 09/23/18, 12:21

A man has hit performance artist Marina Abramovic on the head with a painting at a Florence museum.Palazzo Strozzi director Arturo Galansino tweeted that Abramovic was unhurt in the attack Sunday in the courtyard of the palazzo, which is hosting a retrospective about her. Galansino, the show's curator, says "everything's ...

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