28 January 2019

Europe

Banksy tribute to Bataclan terror victims stolen in Paris: An artwork by the British artist Banksy painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attack at the Bataclan music hall in Paris has been stolen. The work, which depicted a young female figure with a mournful expression, was cut out and removed from one of the emergency doors at the venue. 

26.01.2019, BBC News: Banksy tribute to Bataclan terror victims stolen in Paris  

27.01.2019, The Huffington Post: Banksy Homage To Bataclan Terror Victims Stolen From Paris Theatre  

Germany and France to establish joint culture institutes: France and Germany agreed to found at least ten joint cultural institutes by 2020, with the first four combined institutes to be established in Rio de Janeiro, Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Erbil in Iraq and Palermo, Sicily. 

25.01.2019, The Art Newspaper: Germany and France to establish joint culture institutes  

Adolf Hitler paintings: Berlin police seize ‘fake’ works at auction: Three watercolour paintings attributed to the former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have been seized by German police. The works were up for sale at the Kloss auction house in Berlin, but taken on suspicions of forgery, police say. 

24.01.2019, BBC News: Adolf Hitler paintings: Berlin police seize ‘fake’ works at auction  

25.01.2019, The Telegraph: Sale of Hitler paintings stopped after police seize them as suspected forgeries  

25.01.2019, The Washington Post: Berlin police seize 3 Hitler paintings as possible fakes  

‘The Idea Is Not to Empty Museums’: Authors of France’s Blockbuster Restitution Report Say Their Work Has Been Misrepresented: The authors of the pivotal restitution report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron, which critics said called for the near complete evacuation of African objects from French museums, want to set the record straight. 

24.01.2019, Artnet: ‘The Idea Is Not to Empty Museums’: Authors of France’s Blockbuster Restitution Report Say Their Work Has Been Misrepresented  

Government halts export of 17th century southern Indian tray in hope of finding UK buyer: A south Indian Bidri pear-shaped tray dating from the 17th century has been temporarily blocked from export from the UK by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 

23.01.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: Government halts export of 17th century southern Indian tray in hope of finding UK buyer  

Art world guide on how to deal with ‘no deal’ Brexit released: Arts Council England has published a guide on how to deal with a “no deal” Brexit. Laura Dyer, a deputy chief executive of the council, says that “it is important that arts and cultural organisations are prepared for the possibility of a no deal scenario”. Unless agreement is reached between the UK and the European Union, a no deal situation will come into operation after 29 March. 

23.01.2019, The Art Newspaper: Art world guide on how to deal with ‘no deal’ Brexit released  

24.01.2019, Frieze: Arts Council England Publish ‘No-Deal’ Brexit Guide for Arts Organizations  

A Dutch Art Detective Tracked Down a Pair of Stolen Medieval Stone Reliefs in an English Aristocrat’s Garden: A Dutch art detective has discovered a pair of Medieval carved reliefs that were stolen from an ancient Spanish church in 2004. The detective, Arthur Brand, found the seventh-century visigothic artifacts at the residence of an unnamed British aristocrat, who used them as ornaments in his garden north of London. 

22.01.2019, Artnet: A Dutch Art Detective Tracked Down a Pair of Stolen Medieval Stone Reliefs in an English Aristocrat’s Garden  

Totals remain steady in the UK regions – ATG’s review of the auction market for 2018: Aided by some spectacular individual sales, the elite of Britain and Ireland’s regional fine art auctioneers enjoyed a largely positive 2018. 

21.01.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: Totals remain steady in the UK regions – ATG’s review of the auction market for 2018  

Looters Beware: The British Museum Is Leading an International Task Force Fighting the Illicit Trade in Egyptian Antiquities: The British Museum is taking on a new role: international watchdog for the trade of Egyptian and Nubian artifacts. The museum is employing a team of curators solely dedicated to spotting looted ancient treasure—a move that will have far-reaching implications for collectors, dealers, and other museums. 

21.01.2019, Artnet: Looters Beware: The British Museum Is Leading an International Task Force Fighting the Illicit Trade in Egyptian Antiquities  

22.01.2019, Le Journal des Arts: Le « big data » pour lutter contre le trafic d’antiquités égyptienne  

Antiques and antiquities trade fear extra red tape from EU bill on cultural objects: The law will require cultural objects more than 200 years old that originated outside the EU to have identifying documents when imported or exported from the EU. 

21.01.2019, Antiques Trade Gazette: Antiques and antiquities trade fear extra red tape from EU bill on cultural objects  

United States

Workers at New Museum in Manhattan Vote to Unionize: Dozens of employees at the New Museum in Manhattan voted on Thursday to join a union, capping a tense few weeks during which museum management had argued that such an action could be detrimental. 

24.01.2019, The New York Times: Workers at New Museum in Manhattan Vote to Unionize  

Gender reassignment: how dealers tried to attribute female Old Master paintings as work by men: Female Old Masters may now be beginning to get the attention they have long deserved, but in the past, art dealers not only ignored them, but tried to erase them. Jordana Pomeroy, a specialist in the subject who is now the director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, tells The Art Newspaper podcast that works by some women had not just been accidentally misattributed; male signatures had been actively added to their work. 

23.01.2019, The Art Newspaper: Gender reassignment: how dealers tried to attribute female Old Master paintings as work by men  

The Met is re-evaluating its gift acceptance policy in wake of Sackler lawsuits: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is re-assessing its gift acceptance policy in light of the ongoing controversy involving the Sackler family, long-time donors to the museum, and the financial ties of some members of the family to the sale of the opioid OxyContin. 

21.01.2019, The Art Newspaper: The Met is re-evaluating its gift acceptance policy in wake of Sackler lawsuits

World

Singapore’s decades-long quest to be Asia’s new art hub: Singapore Art Week is now in full swing, but one event is conspicuous by its absence. The annual fair Art Stage Singapore — once the centerpiece of the week-long program — was canceled with just nine days’ notice, leaving galleries out of pocket and scrabbling for venues to show their work. 

25.02.2019, CNN Style: Singapore’s decades-long quest to be Asia’s new art hub  

From the Pompidou Shanghai to MoMA’s New Digs, Here Are 13 Major Museum Openings and Expansions Set for 2019: If you thought 2018 was a big year for museum openings and expansions—think of the Victoria & Albert Museum of Design in Dundee, and the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, to name just two prominent examples—then fasten your seat belts. The next 12 months are jam-packed with headline-worthy developments around the world. 

22.01.2019, Artnet: From the Pompidou Shanghai to MoMA’s New Digs, Here Are 13 Major Museum Openings and Expansions Set for 2019  

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