Why The Getty Center’s Art Was Safest Inside The Getty, No Matter How Close The Fires Got

“Visitors come to the Getty Center in Los Angeles to see Vincent van Gogh’s irises and other great works. What they don’t see is the reason that these masterpieces could stay put while thousands in Southern California had to evacuate as multiple fires raged in recent days, one of which came within thousands of feet […]

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Did The Crown Prince Of Saudi Arabia Buy That Leonardo, Or Not?

Well … here’s the official explanation (disputed by U.S. intelligence experts): “Disputing reports that the 32-year-old Saudi crown prince had bought the painting through a little-known distant cousin, an embassy spokeswoman said in a statement that the cousin had instead acted as an agent for the ministry of culture of Abu Dhabi, in the United […]

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The Met Is Right, Says Philip Kennicott: Even If It’s Disturbing, That Balthus Painting Should Not Be Hidden

“Censoring Balthus, whose work is disturbing but not pornographic, makes no sense. Removing his work from view would not eliminate the desires he animates and it would probably lead to the loss of other work, which explored other horizons of the illicit. We would lose much of the imperfect progress we made away from shame […]

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$450M Leonardo ‘Salvator Mundi’ May Have Had ‘Double-Bind Guarantee’ (What’s That?)

“To minimise its risk, the auction house found a third party willing to ‘guarantee’ the work. In other words, the painting was pre-sold to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed sum.” That third party was, according to one rumor, the owners of another work on sale at the same auction, Warhol’s Sixty Last Suppers – […]

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British Academics Argue That Museums Don’t Control Copyright On Images Of Work In Public Museums

“The [European] Court of Justice has made it quite clear: for a photograph to be protected by copyright, it must be original in the sense that the photographer has exercised creative choices and thereby stamped the photograph with their personal imprint. A photographer who merely seeks to control light and angles to create an image […]

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