A Stolen Degas Painting Is Found, Nine Years Later, On A Bus

The painting, stolen in December, 2009, from a museum in Marseille, was (randomly, it appears) found in a suitcase on a bus outside of Paris during a customs check. “France Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen called the find a ‘happy rediscovery of a precious work belonging to the national collections, whose disappearance represented a heavy loss […]

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Obama Portrait Debate Shows Americans Have Difficulty Talking About Art

“The general public tends to assume that contemporary paintings should be easily understandable for anyone with eyes to see them (and for more sophisticated audiences, for anyone who spends time and attention on the work). But this is not the case. Even if you are familiar with the moods, settings and styles of portraits you have previously […]

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Picasso Painted ‘The Crouching Beggar’ Over A Landscape, But Whose?

Conservators had noticed different-colored paint peeking through cracks, but only recently have non-invasive X-rays allowed them to see what lies beneath. “‘This is where technology allows us to get into the mind of the artist, so we can actually understand the creative process of Picasso and how he actually started producing this work of art,’ […]

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Berkshire Museum Members Vow To Fight On After Settlement On Deaccessioning

“This agreement effectively allows the museum to do what it always wanted to do,” Nicholas M. O’Donnell, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said by today by phone. “My clients are stunned at the complete reversal by the Attorney General’s office in barely two weeks,” he added in a statement, in reference to an earlier AGO filing that […]

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It Was ‘Art In Action’: Artist Behind Removal Of That Painting Of Naked Nymphs Explains What Went Down

Sonia Boyce: “The recent, temporary removal from Manchester Art Gallery of John William Waterhouse’s 1896 painting Hylas and the Nymphs, which depicts Hercules’s handsome male lover being lured to his death in a pond by seven long-haired, topless nymphs (pubescent girls), was an attempt to involve a much wider group of people than usual in […]

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