04 November 2019

Europe

‘£100m works of art’ on loan to Prince Charles are mine, claims US forger Tony Tetro: The works were lent to Prince Charles by the businessman James Stunt for display at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, the headquarters of The Prince’s Foundation.

04.11.2019, The Times: ‘£100m works of art’ on loan to Prince Charles are mine, claims US forger Tony Tetro 

03.11.2019, NBC News: Prince Charles’ charity admits doubt over authenticity of stately home paintings 

Fraudulent art investment companies wound up by the High Court: Earlier this month, the High Court in Manchester wound up two companies which had received just under £1million from investors, between October 2018 and June 2019, as part of a fraudulent art investment scheme.

01.11.2019, The Institute of Art and Law: Fraudulent art investment companies wound up by the High Court 

French auction reform closer to reality as bill passes through Paris’ Senate: Its key measures, supported by the auction house watchdog Conseil des Ventes Volontaires and Le Syndicat National des Maisons de Ventes Volontaires (SYMEV), seek to relax the legal framework that surrounds art and antiques sales, bringing the French system closer to ‘the Anglo-Saxon model’ that is based primarily on self-regulation.

01.11.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: French auction reform closer to reality as bill passes through Paris’ Senate 

Quarter of Migrant Arts Professionals Are Thinking About Leaving the UK Following ‘Hostile Environment’: The ‘hostile environment’ policy, introduced in 2012 by Theresa May while acting as home secretary, was a series of measures aimed at pushing people without ‘leave to remain’ in the country to voluntarily depart. 90 percent of respondents said they felt fearful and angry about the impact of the ‘hostile environment’ on the arts.

01.11.2019, Frieze: Quarter of Migrant Arts Professionals Are Thinking About Leaving the UK Following ‘Hostile Environment’ 

Painter linked to Old Master forgery case appeals arrest warrant: A man linked to a high-profile Old Master forgery scandal, the painter Lino Frongia, will have to wait for four months until a decision is made about his arrest and transfer to Paris, the court of appeal for Italy’s Emilia region has ruled. The transfer request was made by the French judge Aude Burési who is leading the criminal investigation into the forgery case that has gripped the art market for the past four years.31.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: Painter linked to Old Master forgery case appeals arrest warrant

United States

244-Year-Old Rifle Stolen Decades Ago Is Returned to Museum: A rare Revolutionary War-era rifle stolen from a display case at Valley Forge State Park nearly 50 years ago has been returned to its rightful owners.

01.11.2019, The New York Times: 244-Year-Old Rifle Stolen Decades Ago Is Returned to Museum 

Christie’s Seeks Relief From Trump’s ‘Punishing’ Tariffs on Art: Christie’s was among the first companies to file for relief from the latest round of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports, arguing the duties would hurt its business and punish the U.S. art market.

31.10.2019, Bloomberg: Christie’s Seeks Relief From Trump’s ‘Punishing’ Tariffs on Art 

01.11.2019, Artnet: Christie’s Asks to Be Excluded From Trump’s Tariffs on Chinese Imports, Claiming It Would Cause a ‘Significant Loss’ to Its Business

Christie’s Auctioned a $40 Million Diamond. Was It Stolen?: The diamond was bought by a member of the Qatari royal family, but the descendants of an Italian politician say it belongs to them. They have sued the auction house and its client, a gems dealer.

30.10.2019, The New York Times: Christie’s Auctioned a $40 Million Diamond. Was It Stolen? 

04.11.2019, The Times: Family sues over $39m diamond sale 

A 13-year fight over a Kippenberger restoration finally comes to a close: A long-running lawsuit regarding damage to the cardboard frames on a triptych of Martin Kippenberger paintings has come to a conclusion as a Los Angeles court rejected a nearly $100m bad faith claim against the insurance company XL Specialty.29.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: A 13-year fight over a Kippenberger restoration finally comes to a close

World

What Hong Kong’s protests mean for the city’s art market: an upsurge in creativity amid economic woes: While professionals on the international circuit express concern about Hong Kong’s art market, the protests have generated a range of creative output. 

02.11.2019, The South China Morning Post: What Hong Kong’s protests mean for the city’s art market: an upsurge in creativity amid economic woes

A US-China-Arab partnership: Lacma, Yuz Museum and Qatar Museums team up on exhibition projects: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai are teaming up with Qatar Museums (QM) in Doha as part of a new collaboration aimed at exchanging “art and ideas among the three cities”. The new partnership will develop exhibitions and curatorial projects.

31.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: A US-China-Arab partnership: Lacma, Yuz Museum and Qatar Museums team up on exhibition projects 

Moscow Biennale opening marred by 2017 controversy: The eighth Moscow Biennale opened its doors on 28 October but the memory of the scandal-hit 2017 edition refuses to fade. An open letter signed by a group of 16 artists and two technicians who participated in the last show has dominated the build-up to this year’s event. They accuse Julia Muzikantskaya, the president of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, of allegedly violating financial obligations and abusive behaviour, and call on artists to boycott the event.

31.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: Moscow Biennale opening marred by 2017 controversy 

Nazi memorabilia due to go on show in Buenos Aires Holocaust Museum found to be fake: A trove of Nazi memorabilia that was going to be displayed at the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires has been found to consist largely of fakes. The haul was discovered in June 2017 in a suburb of the Argentinian capital and included a bust of Adolf Hitler, binoculars and war medals. Police seized 75 items at the time and experts have since confirmed that just 10 are genuine.

30.10.2019, CNN: Nazi memorabilia due to go on show in Buenos Aires Holocaust Museum found to be fake 

30.10.2019, The Times: Buenos Aires museum puts fake Nazi hoard on hold 

01.11.2019, The Guardian: Haul of Nazi artefacts on display in Argentina mostly fake, expert says 

As protests rage in Iraq, experts say culture is key to long-term reconstruction: Amid a wave of violent anti-government protests in Iraq, the country’s minister for culture, tourism and antiquities, Abdul­ameer al-Hamdani, has made a surprise announcement that a new national museum complex is being planned for Baghdad.

30.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: As protests rage in Iraq, experts say culture is key to long-term reconstruction 

Chilean art fair suspends its 2019 edition as artists and galleries mobilise to support protesters: The Contemporary Art Fair of Chile (Chaco) has suspended its 2019 edition in the wake of nearly two weeks of violent clashes between police and protesters in Santiago over social services and public benefits, which recently led the country’s president to declare a state of emergency. Originally set to open on 21 November, the 11th edition of the fair has been rescheduled for March 2020.29.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: Chilean art fair suspends its 2019 edition as artists and galleries mobilise to support protesters

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