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 Museum to sell rare Jackson Pollock painting at Christie’s
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
Postcard helps researcher find exact place depicted in Van Gogh’s final masterpiece
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
Banksy’s face-mask themed artwork removed from London Underground
Banksy has struck again with his third coronavirus-themed artwork. The latest typically playful work appeared earlier this week on the London Underground Tube, encouraging travellers to wear a face mask.Continue reading
Historic art recovery law gets day in court
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
What happens if you unwittingly buy a looted artefact?
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