According to a brief that BNO News translated from the Dutch police, seven works of art were stolen from the Kunsthal Rotterdam in Holland this morning. The massive art heist includes pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, and Lucian Freud, among others.
Many people have been raising questions about how the media should treat attention whores like the Yellowists, who are obviously committing crimes to fan the fires of fame. This is a question that confronts any journalist when covering something that is both criminal and possibly a ploy to attract attention for specific purposes, like art sales. It’s a difficult quagmire to navigate.
The Metropolitan Police have just announced via Twitter that a man has been apprehended for the Rothko incident at the Tate Modern.
A Mark Rothko painting at the Tate Modern in London has been defaced by a vandal.
New York billionaire Ron Perelman is filing for “divorce” from his art mentor/dealer Larry Gagosian and the two A-listers are battling over three art works worth over $25 million.
The saga of Shepard Fairey vs. the Associated Press finally came to a close today, as the LA-based street artist was sentenced to two years of probation and a $25,000 fine for committing criminal contempt of court. Fairey pled guilty to the charge earlier this year.
The caper of the octogenarian restorer continues! And it keeps getting better and better … we’ll call this episode: The Priest Knew!
In what can only be described as an art conservation nightmare, a 19th C. church fresco in the town of Borja, Spain, by painter Elías García Martínez has been radically “restored” by an octogenarian neighbor.
Yesterday, artist Odd Nerdrum lost his appeal in Norwegian courts this week and, in a strange twist of fate, he will receive an even longer jail sentence than the one he was appealing.
Those of us at Hyperallergic HQ have been watching the case of Takeshi Mikayawa very closely and scratching our heads as to why any judge would sentence a designer-turned-street-artist to 30 days without bail and a psychiatric evaluation.
File this under WTF: Japanese Takeshi Miyakawa, who lives in Brooklyn, was arrested for hanging a plastic bag filled with LED lights from a tree in Greenpoint, and he’s now being held without bail for 30 days. Miyakawa’s installation of glowing “I Love NY” bags was meant as a tribute to the city, in celebration of Design Week, but when he left one in Williamsburg on Friday, the bomb squad was called in and all hell broke loose. Police arrested him later on charges of planting false bombs.
The Hartford Courant reports that one of the world’s great unsolved art thefts may have a new lead.