Rembrandt van Rijn, “Landscape with Three Trees” (1643), etching with drypoint and engraving (image courtesy Princeton University Art Museum, Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund and Laura P. Hall Memorial Fund in memory of the Museum’s dear friend and benefactor David A. Tierno)

The Princeton University Art Museum this week announced that it acquired “Landscape with Three Trees” (1643), one of Rembrandt van Rijn‘s famous and technically complex etchings. It will add to the museum’s large collection of Rembrandt prints. “Of the artist’s 26 recorded landscape etchings, ‘The Three Trees’ (as it is often called) is the largest and most elaborate, and the most richly imbued with spiritual meaning, often read as a metaphor for the three crosses of the Crucifixion,” a statement from the museum explains.

The musical power couple Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have purchased paintings by acclaimed artist Tschabalala Self, whose work has previously topped records at Christie’s. “We actually got three the same day, but one is being donated to the Brooklyn Museum,” Swizz Beatz told Bloomberg.

Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art recently acquired a new performance piece, Xu Zhen‘s “In Just a Blink of an Eye” (2014). The piece suspends breakdancers in mid-air as if time stopped while they were in the middle of a trick. It will run on the weekends through September 1.

When Drue Heinz, wife of late American ketchup scion Jack Heinz, died in 2018, she left behind the massive art collection that the couple had amassed over the decades. Now the Carnegie Museum of Art has taken on 100 of the pieces in the collection — a cache that includes sculptures, Old Master etchings, still lifes, and more. All told, 74 pieces were selected for the museum’s personal collection and 24 for its study collection.

New Extinction Rebellion acquisitions go on display at the V&A. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for The V&A (image courtesy The V&A)

New Extinction Rebellion acquisitions go on display at the V&A. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for The V&A (image courtesy The V&A)

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired a collection of fonts and signage used by Extinction Rebellion — the climate change activist group — as part of the museum’s “rapid response collecting” initiative, which collects works pertaining to contemporary events. This collection was started in 2014 and is comprised of signs, flags, pamphlets, and other memorabilia used in Extinction Rebellion’s protests and related activist efforts.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin has acquired a massive collection of 8,300 works by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, the self-taught artist who also went by his (totally awesome) initials, “EVB.” The new acquisition paintings, sculptures, and photographs and dramatically expands the Center’s existing collection of 6,000 works by Bruenchenhein.

A trove of more than 900 pieces of modern art was seized by the government of Portugal from the collection of 75-year-old businessman José Berardo. Berardo offered his collection as collateral for his debt, which had ballooned to more than £920,000,000 (~$1,114,764,000). The collection includes work by Gerhard Richter, Francis Bacon, Joan Miró, and Piet Mondrian, among others.

Arts Council England announced that three paintings by Peter Lanyon had been acquired by the nation to settle £900,000 (~$1,091,345) owed in inheritance tax by Lanyon’s estate.

The Sotheby’s American Art Online sale closed with a total receipt of $618,375. One of the top lots: Edmund Charles Tarbell‘s “Mother and Child in a Boat” (1892), which sold for $27,500.

The PhillipsHeatwave” Online Auction moved pieces from modern and contemporary artists. The top lot of the list before the bidding closed was Tala Madani‘s “The Bubble” (2012), which topped the lots at £47,500 (~$57,644).

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