Rubens sketch returns 80 years after theft – more art news


Sudden shutdown of UARTS Union representatives are now creating discontent by accusing the Philadelphia School of the Arts of not paying employees who were suddenly laid off this month, Karen Kay Ho reports. ARTnews . The school’s attorney and human resources vice president reportedly said they had not made any proposals about health insurance, severance or other benefits to union workers, and that information about the school’s finances was „not available.” In a statement, union officials said the school „doesn’t have the cash flow to comply with laws requiring 60 days’ advance notice and pay before mass layoffs” and that their meeting with school officials was „disrespectful and unfounded.”

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Rubens returns! Eighty years after its theft in the weeks following World War II, A Peter Paul Rubens Returning to the oil sketch collection Friedenstein Castle In East Germany, reports The New York Times. St. Gregory of Nazianzus (1620) is one of the most valuable works of art taken from the castle at the end of the war and sold by the twin family who once owned the palace. The complex became a public museum after 1918. But now, the Buffalo AKG Museum of Art In New York, which says it bought the work from a New York gallery in 1952, agreed to return the painting and get a „low seven-figure sum” below market value. The paintings are part of a series for the ceiling of the Jesuit Church of Antwerp, which was destroyed by lightning in 1718.

The Digest

of New York Mitchell-Innes & Nash The gallery will close its Chelsea space and move into a „project-based consulting space” where selected artists and gardens represent the founders. Lucy Mitchell-Ins And David Nash said Friday evening. Established in 1996, the gallery has showcased artists such as Pope L, Martha RoeslerAnd Jacolby Satterwhite. [ARTnews]

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The Ontario Regional Court rejected a legal challenge to plans to build a $350 million spa at Toronto’s trendy Islands complex, Ontario location. Critics of the project say it will harm the landscape it is designed for Michael Hawkas well as the natural environment of the region. [Toronto Star and The Art Newspaper]

Opening ceremony Art021 The exhibition will be held in Hong Kong from August 28 to September 8 across four venues. The event was originally scheduled for July, but was expanded to include an outdoor sculpture exhibit that will open later as a result. [South China Morning Post]

Patrick MooreFormer Managing Director The Andy Warhol Museum In Pittsburgh, he was appointed director BANARE PARTNERSHIP LTD A private equity and advisory firm operating between the UK and the Middle East and North Africa region. Among his new duties, Moore will advise on the upcoming London edition South by Southwest Festival. [The Art Newspaper]

The Red Mill Its wings—or blades, anyway—are back. They fell from a popular cabaret in the Montmartre district of Paris in April. The new blades, made of aluminum and steel that maintain the original design, arrived this morning. [Le Figaro]

Brutally Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Turning 50, Director Melissa Chiu and other museum curators discuss the company’s ongoing work programs. [El Pais]

Los Angeles nonprofit Brick Hosts a benefit garage sale for a collection of late photographers and critics Alan never was and his wife, an art historian Sally Stein. After extensive donations Ketty In Los Angeles, The Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, and Antwerp Museum of Contemporary ArtThere are still items to be auctioned, including a library of 3,000 books, memorabilia and „seculiana”. [Artnet News]

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The kicker

Affordable art by women. Collector Christian Levett The first museum in Europe dedicated to women artists was housed in a medieval building in Mougins in the south of France. Financial Times reports. The space previously welcomed visitors to Levett’s collection of antiques, which have been replaced by artworks by women, from 19th-century Impressionists to contemporary artists. After Levett began collecting modern and contemporary art by both men and women Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Cecily Brownet al., have been able to „put together a 'museum-quality collection’ of works by women artists, because 'the best works by women’ still sell for a fraction of the price of art by men,” he said. Progress, it seems, is slow, but it is certainly happening.

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