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This week in art news: A federal judge ordered $81 million be paid to victims of the Knoedler Gallery art forgery, an art investigator believes the work stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is in Ireland, and an unpublished book by Maurice Sendak was discovered.

One of 25 landscape drawings recently reattributed to Thomas Gainsborough (courtesy Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2017)

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A federal judge ordered Glafira Rosales to pay $81 million in restitution to the victims of the Knoedler Gallery art forgery. The art dealer — the only person who was detained in connection with the scandal — pled guilty to charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion in 2013.

Art investigator Arthur Brand stated that he is “100 percent sure” that the works stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 are in Ireland. “We have had talks with … former members of the IRA — and after a few Guinnesses, after a few talks — you can see in their eyes that they know more,” Brand told CBS News. The Museum dismissed Brand’s claims, stating that his leads are “not new.”

An album of 25 landscape drawings in the Royal Collection were re-attributed to Thomas Gainsborough after scholar Lindsay Stainton confirmed that one of the drawings is a squared-up study of the artist’s 1748 painting, “Cornard Wood.”

Over 500 individuals and organizations backed “Our Shared European Future,” a list of post-Brexit recommendations published by the British Council. The document, which is endorsed by museums including the Tate, British Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, includes recommendations on travel and working rights.

A federal appeals court in California revived a Holocaust-related lawsuit seeking a Camille Pissarro painting from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation in Madrid.

The Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf pulled a painting by Andreas Achenbach from display following an ownership claim filed by the heirs of Jewish art dealer Max Stern.

The Maurice Sendak Foundation discovered an unpublished and fully illustrated book by the author entitled Presto and Zesto in Limboland. The manuscript was co-authored with Sendak’s regular collaborator Arthur Yorinks.

Julia Venske and Gregor Spänle, “Autoeater” (2017) (courtesy Midtown Alliance, Atlanta)

Atlanta’s Midtown Alliance unveiled “Autoeater,” a new public sculpture by Julia Venske and Gregor Spänle.

According to The New York Post, ArtInfo published articles under fictional bylines after outsourcing editorial work to India.

South African filmmaker Sibahle Nkumbi was shoved down a flight of stairs by the husband of an Airbnb host in Amsterdam in what was allegedly a racially motivated attack. Nkumbi’s unnamed assailant has been charged with attempted manslaughter according to Huffington Post South Africa.

A report commissioned by the board of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum concluded that only 83 of the 2,000 objects in its collection could be authenticated and classed as “museum quality.”

Charles Saatchi began a weekly column at The Telegraph.

Visitors who wish to attend David Choe‘s newest installation, The Choe Show, will be selected for tickets only after completing an online application form comprised of personal questions. The artist’s mural on the corner of Houston Street and Bowery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side was defaced multiple times and eventually whitewashed last month. In one instance, an unknown person/persons scrawled “rapist,” a reference to a 2014 podcast in which Choe claimed to have sexually assaulted a masseuse, an event he later described as a fabrication.

Jay Z unveiled the music video for “4:44,” the title track on his new eponymous album. The video is directed by artist Arthur Jafa and his production partner, Elissa Blount-Moorhead.

Four suspects were arrested in connection with the theft of the “Big Maple Leaf.” The 221-pound Canadian gold coin was stolen from the Bode museum in March.

IKEA will release its first 3D printed collection, OMEDELBAR, next year.

Transactions

Yayoi Kusama, “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” (2016), wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LED (courtesy YAYOI KUSAMA Inc., Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore and Victoria Miro, London. Photo by Thierry Bal, © Yayoi Kusama)

The Dallas Museum of Art acquired one of Yayoi Kusama’s mirror infinity rooms, “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” (2016).

The Castello di Rivoli absorbed the $570 million collection of the Fondazine Francesco Federico Cerruti as part of a partnership deal.

The Dia Art Foundation acquired works by Lee Ufan and Kishio Suga.

Chris Ofili donated his 2003 reimagining of the Union Jack flag, “Union Black,” to Tate Britain.

The Ringling acquired a portrait by Guercino (1591–1666).

Lisa and Steven Tananbaum donated $1 million to the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. The gift will endow a curatorial position in modern and contemporary art.

Josiah Wedgwood’s “First Day’s Vase” will return to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery following a successful £482,500 (~ $624,500) fundraising campaign.

A letter by Jane Austen in which the author ridicules a book by one of her contemporaries sold for $209,000 at Sotheby’s.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) received a grant from Bank of America for the restoration of George Segal’s sculpture “Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael.”

The Ateneum Art Museum acquired sculptures by Heikki W. Virolainen, Helena Pylkkänen, and Marjo Lahtinen.

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis received a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support a new fellowship program to promote diversity and equity at the museum.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg acquired a rare depiction of pre-Revolutionary Charleston, South Carolina. The 1774 engraving is by Samuel Smith after a painting by Thomas Leitch.

“A View of CHARLES-TOWN, the Capital of SOUTH CAROLINA,” engraved by Samuel Smith after Thomas Leitch, hand-colored line engraving, London, England, June 3, 1776, museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund (photo courtesy the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg)

Transitions

William D. Adams, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Michael S. McPherson, outgoing president of the Spencer Foundation, were appointed senior fellows at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Author and art critic Michael Bonesteel cited a “toxic environment” as the reason for his resignation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Bonesteel, an adjunct professor, had taught at the school for 14 years.

Claude Grunitzky was appointed president of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation.

Brian Wilk and Dan Poteet were appointed chair and vice chair of the Maine College of Art’s board of trustees, respectively.

Elizabeth Chodos was appointed director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Regina Gouger Miller Gallery.

Emma Enderby was appointed curator at The Shed.

Mary Statzer was appointed curator of prints and photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum.

Nanne Dekking will succeed Willem van Roijen as chair of the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF).

Christie’s appointed Giovanna Bertazzoni and Adrien Meyer as co-chairs of its Impressionist and modern art department.

Phillips promoted Jean-Paul Engelen to deputy chairman of the Americas.

New York’s Washburn Gallery relocated to Chelsea. The gallery’s owner, Joan Washburn, cited the security presence around Trump Tower as the reason for the move.

Queer|Art established the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant.

The Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, abruptly closed.

The Video Game Art Gallery will open in Chicago next month.

Accolades

The Library of Congress will posthumously award Denis Johnson its annual Prize for American Fiction.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced the recipients of its 2017 Artist as Activist fellowship.

Obituaries

Pierrette Bloch, “Sans titre / Untitled” (1976), ink on paper, 79.5 x 58 cm (© Pierrette Bloch. Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Paris, St Moritz. Photo by Adam Rzepka)

Tom Black (unconfirmed–2017), founder of T.E. Black Studio.

Pierrette Bloch (1928–2017), artist.

Ilya Glazunov (1930–2017), painter. Founder and rector of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.

Irina Ratushinskaya (1954–2017), poet and human rights activist.

Lala Rukh (1948–2017), artist and activist. Founding member of the Women’s Action Forum.

Richard Gilbert Scott (1923–2017), architect. Son of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.

Kenneth Silverman (1936–2017), author. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Life and Times of Cotton Mather.

Jon Underwood (1972–2017), founder of the Death Cafe movement.

Liu Xiaobo (1955–2017), Chinese dissident, activist, and Nobel Peace laureate.

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