Italian government agreed on covering up some nude classical statues at the Capitoline Museum in Rome for a visit by the Iranian president. I just think if you are not able to appreciate art in its diverse and genuine form, you should not visit a museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC will be expanding its modern art wings according to David Brodsky, a real estate developer who is chairman of the museum’s board. The size of the entire project will consist of 180,000 square feet, and “It will be no higher than the existing buildings that are there, it goes down and up to a rooftop with a terrace.” explained David. Read more: Metropolitan Museum of Art Plans Major Expansion
The Knoedler fake trial begins today, and everyone is anxious to see how it is going to turn out.
The entire case will be revolved around this question: should the buyers of a fake work (in this occurrence: Mark Rothko) have done more researches to find out if they were buying a genuine work, or should the gallery be expected to make sure the work was genuine first?
Who will be blamed for it?
It is obvious, at least for me, that the gallery should be assuming the responsibility. Read more about the case: Knoedler fakes trial could be a game-changer for the art market
“The opening of The Met Breuer in the iconic, Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue represents an exciting new chapter in the cultural life of New York City. At The Met Breuer, visitors will experience modern and contemporary art in a thoroughly unique way: through the lens of the Met’s five thousand years of art from every corner of the globe.”
The National Gallery in London has done a good job cleaning up their c.1600 Tower of Babel by Leandro Bassano. I like it!
A 2-foot-8-inch tall wooden putto was recently attributed to Donatello; and, as usually with the old masters, the attribution raised lots of doubts in the “Renaissance’s world” like Scott Reyburn wisely wrote in this article: A Name Game With the Old Masters.
In my opinion it is a very confusing and expensive “game of names (titles)” when it comes to attributing old masters’ works by the artist (himself) or by his studio, his workshop, and students. Attending the last Donattelo’s exhibition in NYC, I (layman in this subject) was not able to see the difference, all the sculptures had the same intensely emotional facial expressions (suffering, anguish, joy, tranquility) and gentle yet strong figures.
There is a myth that works by great names aren’t available any more, which I do not think it is true. There have been auctions which include a documented and signed Raphael no less, and I believe there is still much more discovering to be done, especially because nowadays we have so many more tools at our disposal: digital imagery, paint analysis, high resolution x-rays, infra-red, and so on.
“Fake or Fortune” discovered (so far) two lost masterpieces of Edouard Villuard, including this one that is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s next month: Vuillard – FEMMES DANS UN RESTAURANT. I watched both episodes and am thrilled with these findings. Here is about the other painting: FakeorFortune: Vuillard
The Louvre is doing it again! It will be restoring another Leonardo’s masterpiece, St John the Baptist, which is a brave move since its last Leonardo’s restoration, Virgin and Child with St Anne, was controversial and (in my opinion) not done well. However, since we learn from our mistakes, I believe this time the Louvre will be taking all the precautions necessary, and I’m excited to see the final product! Read more: RestoringALeonardo’s
Turkish police claimed to have recovered a stolen Van Dick, potentially worth millions of dollars, above you can see a picture of the piece. Personally I do not think it is a Van Dick at all, more details: Van Dick Reappeared?