July 19, 2008 |
Five paintings by U.S. pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were stolen from a museum close to Stockholm early Friday. Thieves broke into the Aaberg Museum in Baalsta outside the Swedish capital just after 2 a.m. and stole three Lichtenstein artworks and two Warhol paintings, museum Chief Executive Carina Aaberg said. The stolen pieces have a value of about $500,000, she said.
January 14, 2009 |
Italian police have recovered 10 masterpieces that were stolen in 2004 from an ancient religious complex in Rome, officials said Tuesday. Officers located the paintings in December. The works were wrapped in newspapers and hidden in the trailer of a suspected art smuggler, police said. Investigators believe the man was about to take the works abroad to sell them, Carabinieri paramilitary police art squad chief Gen. Giovanni Nistri said. The suspect is under investigation for receiving stolen goods but is not believed to be behind the theft.
March 13, 2008 |
I wasn't alive when the Neorealist movement shattered the staid cinematic conventions of post-WWII Italy. But ever since I fell in love with that style of filmmaking I've become aware that realism, as an aesthetic, always surfaces in times of difficulty and change. Yet war and panic also inspire escapist fantasies, abstraction and private, invented worlds. So I was pleased to see both tendencies in the fascinating paintings of Pierpaolo Campanini at Blum & Poe (blumandpoe.com, through April 5)
December 19, 2008 |
A curator at the Louvre in Paris has stumbled upon some unknown drawings on the back of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that look like they might be by the Italian master himself, the museum said Thursday. The extraordinary find was made by chance, when Louvre staff unhooked Leonardo's "The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne" from the museum wall as part of a broad program of study and restoration of paintings by Leonardo. "The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne" was painted in the early 1500s and no one had previously noticed the drawings -- at least not to the knowledge of the Louvre.
April 5, 2008 |
Controversy continues to swirl around the collection of paintings Georgia O'Keeffe donated to Fisk University in Nashville. In March, a judge permanently banned any sale of the 101-piece collection -- which not only includes works by O'Keefe but also Picasso, Renoir and Cezanne -- and set an October deadline for Fisk to retrieve the artwork from storage and put it on display. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in New Mexico had sued to gain the rights over the collection because of the school's attempts to sell paintings and because they weren't currently on display.
November 1, 2008 |
Two portraits whose authenticity was in doubt have been verified as real Van Goghs, the museum named for the Dutch master confirmed Friday. One portrait is the face and torso of a woman in a hat. In the second, a lady sits with gloved hands folded in her lap. Because the themes were so common in the 19th century and the paintings had little similarity to the rest of the work by Vincent van Gogh, their authorship was in doubt, said spokeswoman Natalie...