14 October 2019

Europe

Arts Council in the frame for cut of RTE’s money from Sotheby’s art sale: The Arts Council is to get half the proceeds of two artworks that RTE is putting up for auction at Sotheby’s next month. Following queries by The Sunday Times last week, the council did some research in its archives and discovered it had helped RTE to buy Tain, a tapestry by Louis le Brocquy; and a 1967 abstract painting by William Scott.

13.10.2019, The Sunday Times: Arts Council in the frame for cut of RTE’s money from Sotheby’s art sale 

Is Brexit London’s loss and Paris’s gain?: “Paris had everything, lost it, and is trying hard to get it back and seize its chances.” So said the Salzburg, Paris and London dealer Thaddaeus Ropac at this year’s Art Business Conference, during a discussion about the impact of Brexit on Europe’s art market.

11.10.2019, The Financial Times: Is Brexit London’s loss and Paris’s gain?

12.10.2019, The Guardian: Paris art scene roars back to life … with a little help from Brexit

Paris Internationale — a killing time at the fair with new dynamism: Five years after its launch, the cutting-edge contemporary art fair Paris Internationale is cementing its place in the French capital’s art scene. “Not many people thought the project would survive, back in 2015, but here we are. It’s enormously satisfying,” says Clément Delépine, the fair’s co-director.

11.10.2019, The Financial Times: Paris Internationale — a killing time at the fair with new dynamism 

Famous Welsh religious revival painting ‘Salem’ saved for nation: The institution in Aberystwyth agreed a deal by private treaty for an undisclosed amount ahead of the scheduled sale at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on October 19. It was due to be offered with an estimate of £40,000-60,000.

11.10.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Famous Welsh religious revival painting ‘Salem’ saved for nation 

Fiac art fair director Jennifer Flay on the challenges ahead: Jennifer Flay, the director of Fiac (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain), insists that France’s most important modern and contemporary art fair can weather future storms.

11.10.2019, The Financial Times: Fiac art fair director Jennifer Flay on the challenges ahead 

Money laundering, trafficking, ivory: crackdown on art crime intensifies: Pressure on the UK’s art trade is increasing as it faces a wave of legislative changes and increased attention from enforcement agencies. As UK courts introduced new sentencing guidelines for criminal damage to heritage assets on 1 October, the trade was counting down to the anti-money-laundering regulations that are coming into force in January and pushing for a judicial review of the contentious Ivory Act 2018.

10.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: Money laundering, trafficking, ivory: crackdown on art crime intensifies 

The Prolific Forger Whose Fake Old Masters Fooled the Art World: Eric Hebborn, who died in 1996, is widely considered to be the greatest art forger of modern times. By his own estimate, he created over 1,000 forgeries. Only a handful of these works have been exposed as fakes, in places like the National Gallery of Denmark and the Morgan Library & Museum, after passing through the finest auction houses in the world. Some of the most notable artists Hebborn claimed to have forged, in addition to Brueghel and Van Dyck, include Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Peter Paul Rubens.

10.10.2019, Artsy: The Prolific Forger Whose Fake Old Masters Fooled the Art World 

Unprecedented decision of German Nazi-looted art panel: The recent case before the German Advisory Commission involving the painting Uhlans on the March by Hans von Marées was a first of its kind on a number of counts. The Commission is the body that hears claims for the restitution of Nazi-looted artworks. The claim had been brought in 2017 by the beneficiaries of the estate of a former Jewish art dealer operating in Germany in the 1930s named Max Stern. The Stern beneficiaries consist of three universities (McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and have been represented by the Max Stern Art Restitution Project since 2002. The beneficiaries have so far recovered about 20 of approximately 200 works once belonging to Stern’s dealership.

08.10.2019, The Institute of Art and Law: Unprecedented decision of German Nazi-looted art panel

Original Van Dyck portrait discovered after online debate: A 17th-century portrait of a member of the Spanish royal family, which has always been considered to come from the studio of Anthony van Dyck, has been confirmed as a piece by the artist himself.

08.10.2019, The Guardian: Original Van Dyck portrait discovered after online debate

08.10.2019, The Antiques Trade Gazette: Art dealers help discover original Anthony van Dyck portrait in Liverpool gallery 

Leonardo da Vinci work ‘too fragile’ to be transported to France: A blockbuster exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s works at the Louvre could be without one of his most famous works after an Italian court suspended its loan to the Paris museum following a last-minute legal challenge.

08.10.2019, The Guardian: Leonardo da Vinci work ‘too fragile’ to be transported to France 09.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: Italian court blocks loan of Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man to Louvre

United States

Tania Bruguera, Hito Steyerl and Other Leading Art World Figures Demand MoMA Divest From Private Prisons: The letter, published on New Sanctuary Coalition, states that MoMA uses financial services company Fidelity Investments, which owns stocks in private prison companies, to oversee its pension fund. Earlier this year, a campaign was launched against Larry Fink, a MoMA board member and CEO of BlackRock. The letter states Fink is the second largest shareholder of prison companies, GEO Group and Core Civic. More than 220 artists, academics and curators – including artists Tania Bruguera, Mika Rottenberg, Hito Steyerl – have signed the open letter, which demands that MoMA and Fink divest from prison companies.

11.10.2019, Frieze: Tania Bruguera, Hito Steyerl and Other Leading Art World Figures Demand MoMA Divest From Private Prisons

New U.S. Tariffs Could Hit Some Prints, Photographs from Germany, United Kingdom: A decision in a 15-year trade dispute between the United States and the European Union about the manufacturing of airplanes could result in a price hike for American buyers of certain types of photographs and prints.

11.10.2019, Art News: New U.S. Tariffs Could Hit Some Prints, Photographs from Germany, United Kingdom 

After the Release of a New Movie on a Notorious Art Fraudster, the FBI Is Seeking the Owner of a Dubuffet Painting Connected to the Case: Earlier last week, the Department of Justice sent out a press release seeking the owner of a painting by Art Brut master Jean Dubuffet, Site avec 5 personnages (1981), which was seized as part of a long-running case against a notorious former art dealer named Michel Cohen, who fled charges in the US after defrauding clients out of $50 million.11.10.2019, Artnet: After the Release of a New Movie on a Notorious Art Fraudster, the FBI Is Seeking the Owner of a Dubuffet Painting Connected to the Case

World

Following Censorship Allegations, Aichi Triennale Reopens Controversial Exhibition, Puts Back on View Works Removed by Artists: A prolonged battle that had at its core allegations of “censorship” has come to an end, at least for now. The organizers of the 2019 Aichi Triennale in Japan have reopened the controversial “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’”—a mini-exhibition within the triennial that looked at the history of censorship of artworks in the triennial’s home country. The organizers also put back on view works by a group of artists who had signed an open letter calling the closure “censorship” and demanding that their works be removed from the exhibition in a stand of solidarity.

09.10.2019, Art News: Following Censorship Allegations, Aichi Triennale Reopens Controversial Exhibition, Puts Back on View Works Removed by Artists 

12.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: Aichi Triennale show embroiled in censorship row reopens—but only for visitors selected by lottery 

‘The Colonial Effect on Us Is Huge’: Why Congolese Collector Sindika Dokolo Sees Restitution as a Way to Remake African Identity: The question of whether Western museums should return works of African art to their home countries is vexed and hotly debated. But the mega-collector Sindika Dokolo thinks there’s a simple question that should be driving restitution determinations today: Was the object obtained legally?

08.10.2019, Artnet: ‘The Colonial Effect on Us Is Huge’: Why Congolese Collector Sindika Dokolo Sees Restitution as a Way to Remake African Identity

Feminist exhibition in China suddenly axed following alleged governmental pressure: A group exhibition in Shanghai exhibiting young feminist artists was suddenly cancelled ahead of China’s National Day on 1 October. We | Woman: One is not born a woman, but rather becomes one was slated to run at a space in Shanghai’s art district M50 from 30 September to 4 October. A participating filmmaker, who wishes to remain anonymous, says that she was informed by the organisers of the cancellation only the day before the show was scheduled to open.07.10.2019, The Art Newspaper: Feminist exhibition in China suddenly axed following alleged governmental pressure


Annual conference of the International Catalogue Raisonné Association: 

The first annual conference of the International Catalogue Raisonné Association (ICRA) will take place on Friday 22 November 2019 at Christie’s, 9-15 Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6PY from 9.30am to 7pm.  The conference offers a full day of presentations and panel discussions by international experts working on the catalogue raisonné projects.   The price of the ticket is £250 and includes lunch and evening networking drinks. Discounts are on offer for members of ICRA. To apply for membership or to buy tickets for the conference, please visit www.icra.art.


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