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Dentist Goes on Trial in Germany After Attempt to Pass Off Fake Picassos

A dentist from Neuss, Germany, has been accused of trying to present 20 fake Picasso paintings as authenticated works. Per the German-language magazine Monopol, the 52-year-old man had presented the paintings, which included fake certificates of authenticity from the Picasso estate, to representatives from several auction houses for review at a hotel in Düsseldorf in January 2017.

He... | Read More

Dentist Goes on Trial in Germany After Attempt to Pass Off Fake Picassos

A dentist from Neuss, Germany, has been accused of trying to present 20 fake Picasso paintings as authenticated works. Per the German-language magazine Monopol, the 52-year-old man had presented the paintings, which included fake certificates of authenticity from the Picasso estate, to representatives from several auction houses for review at a hotel in Düsseldorf in January 2017.

He... | Read More

Guggenheim Museum to Mount Retrospective for Alex Katz, New York Painter Extraordinaire, in 2022

Alex Katz, the 92-year-old artist known for a distinctive style of stark figurative painting and stylized landscapes he has refined since early studies dating back to the 1940s, will be the subject of a career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 2022. The hometown show in New York—currently being organized, a Guggenheim representative confirmed, by Katherine Brinson, curator for... | Read More

The Battle Between Good and Evil in the Work of Douglas Gordon

Eleanor Heartney: Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art, Silver Hollow Press, 2019.

A.i.A. contributing editor Eleanor Heartney’s book Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art, recently published by Silver Hollow Press, considers the various ways contemporary artists have... | Read More

Photographer David Gilbert’s Tableaux Give Studio Detritus an Air of Drama and Glamour

David Gilbert’s photographs depict arrangements he creates in his studio out of whatever happens to be on hand: scrap paper, found detritus, fabric, string, cardboard, and organic matter like branches and flowers. Photographed in soft natural light, his everyday materials take on a heft and drama they might lack if encountered in person. Like vacant theatrical sets, his... | Read More

Tschabalala Self Paints a Picture: The Artist Expands the Possibilities of Portraiture

Two winters ago, a water pipe exploded at Tschabalala Self’s studio on an upper floor of an industrial building in New Haven, Connecticut. “It was like a biblical event!” she says, laughing as she points out where it happened one crisp morning this past fall. “Everything kind of got trashed, but none of my work got destroyed. All of my fabric and materials got drenched. Luckily... | Read More

Controversy at Vermont Museum Over Sackler Gift, Frick Collection’s Historic Music Room, and More: Morning Links from January 17, 2020

Changes

Philadelphia’s mayor has called on the Philadelphia Museum of Art to overhaul its harassment policies after allegations against a former employee were made public in a New York Times report. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik are launching a new residency program at a former Methodist church in Sag Harbor, New York, and now they’ve... | Read More

New Church Residency Conceived by Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik Names First Director

As it prepares to open later this year, the Church—a new residency program and exhibition space being created by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik in a former Methodist church on New York’s Long Island—has a new leader.

Sara Cochran, the former director and chief curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, will serve as the executive director and chief... | Read More

$700 M. Macklowe Art Collection Could Head to Auction in Spring 2020: Report

During divorce proceedings in 2018, New York judge Laura Drager ordered collectors Harry and Linda Macklowe to sell 65 artworks from their holdings, which are collectively worth around $700 million, and to split the proceeds. Now, according to a report by Bloomberg, three leading auction houses—Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips—have been invited to offer proposals to sell the... | Read More

Toshio Saeki, Legendary Erotic Illustrator of the Tokyo Underground, Is Dead at 74

Toshio Saeki, the illustrator, painter, and “Godfather of Japanese Erotica,” has died at the age of 74. His death was confirmed in an Instagram post by his Tokyo-based gallery Nanzuka. The cause of death was not stated.

Saeki was a legendary figure of Japan’s postwar underground scene, having built a fervent cult following through erotic illustrations that blended... | Read More

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