Archaeologists have uncovered a previously undescribed style of Aboriginal rock art across an 80-mile stretch of northern Australia’s Arnhem Land. A total of 570 paintings were identified, depicting long-extinct creatures and extraordinary relationships between humans and animals.Continue reading
New York’s Everson Museum is selling its only Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) painting to fund efforts to diversify the collection. Painted in 1946, ‘Red Composition’ is expected to fetch between $12 million and $18 million (£9 million – £13.5 million) at Christie’s upcoming 20th Century Art auction in New York.Continue reading
After years of speculation, researchers have identified the probable location where Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) painted his final artwork. The announcement was made on Tuesday 28 July 2020, exactly 130 years after the post-impressionist artist took his own life due to mental health issues.Continue reading
A new US art restitution law is being put to the test by the heirs of a Holocaust victim to recover two watercolours by Egon Schiele.
‘Woman in a Black Pinafore’ (1911) and ‘Woman Hiding Her Face’ (1912), which have a combined estimated value of US$5 million (£4.04 million) are said to have been among 449 artworks confiscated by the Nazis from the collection of Fritz Grünbaum during World War II. An Austrian Jewish entertainer, Grünbaum was murdered at Dachau concentration camp in 1941. Continue reading
Japan’s manga and anime artists emerged victorious this morning (1 December) after Mitsubishi Pencils reversed its decision to discontinue a coloured pencil range preferred by the cartoon industry.
The original decision, which Mitsubishi published on its website in mid-November, caused widespread panic among Japanese cartoonists and a run on stationery shops to stock up on their favourite pencils. Continue reading
Is it possible to buy a looted artefact unwittingly?
Coins, jewellery, mosaics, glassware, vases, figurines and other artefacts are reportedly being excavated and smuggled out of Iraq and Syria on an ‘industrial’ scale, to be sold online or in Western dealerships. Continue reading
A New York State Judge has ruled that the Richard Avedon Foundation can continue to pursue its claim for breach of contract against the art insurance company AXA. The case brings to light the subjective nature of valuing works of art, and the complexity of working out the financial implications of damage to artwork. Continue reading