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  • One of the world's greatest art collections hides behind this fence

    05/30/2016 6:24:20 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 28 2016 | Graham Bowley and Doreen Carvajal
    The drab free port zone near the Geneva city center, a compound of blocky gray and vanilla warehouses surrounded by train tracks, roads and a barbed-wire fence, looks like the kind of place where beauty goes to die. But within its walls, crated or sealed cheek by jowl in cramped storage vaults, are more than a million of some of the most exquisite artworks ever made. Treasures from the glory days of ancient Rome. Museum-quality paintings by old masters. An estimated 1,000 works by Picasso. As the price of art has skyrocketed, perhaps nothing illustrates the art-as-bullion approach to contemporary...
  • Spanish police fly to Corsica to retrieve Picasso work

    08/11/2015 6:54:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    CNS ^ | August 11, 2015 | 8:25 PM EDT | CIARAN GILES |
    A team of Spanish police experts flew to the French island of Corsica on Tuesday to retrieve a masterpiece by Pablo Picasso that was smuggled out of Spain, where it is considered a national treasure. A spokesman for Spain's Civil Guard said four police experts in national heritage and several Culture Ministry officials flew to recover the painting, "Head of a Young Woman," which is valued at 24 million euros ($26 million). The officer said they expect to return with the painting later Tuesday. The work is owned by Spanish banker Jaime Botin, brother of the late Emilio Botin, former...
  • Picasso, Giacometti poised to set records at NYC auctions

    05/01/2015 10:19:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AP ^ | May 1, 2015 | Ulya Ilnytzky
    New York City's spring art auctions get underway Tuesday with exceptional pieces by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Vincent Van Gogh and others whose work continues to fuel a robust market for impressionist, modern and contemporary art. Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)," estimated to bring over $140 million, is poised to become the most expensive artwork sold at auction, while Giacometti's "Pointing Man" could set an auction record for a sculpture if bidding soars to an expected $130 million.
  • Picasso's electrician ordered to return 271 stolen paintings

    03/23/2015 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | 11:05AM GMT 21 Mar 2015 | Staff
    French court gives a former electrician and his wife a two-year suspended sentence for stealing artworks worth over £40 million A French court has convicted a retired electrician and his wife of concealing 271 stolen artworks by Picasso, and ordered the couple to give them back to the artist's family. The verdict on Friday in the southern city of Grasse wraps up an unusual case centering around works that were unknown to the public for decades and have an estimated worth 60-100 million euros (£43-72 million).
  • £1billion art collection seized by Nazis found in shabby Munich apartment ...

    11/03/2013 9:53:59 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 3, 2013 | Allan Hall
    A treasure trove of artworks worth almost £1billion seized by the Nazis and reportedly destroyed in RAF bombing raids during WW2 has been found behind rotting food in shabby apartment in Munich. Experts have hailed the discovery of the 1,500 pictures, thought to have been lost or bombed, as a sensational find. The story of the lost masterpieces of such painters as Pablo Picasso, Renoir, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall is revealed in this week's edition of Germany's Focus magazine which broke the story of the incredible find by customs officials. Art historians examining the collection claim up to 300...
  • Art Thief Blames Dutch Museum for ‘Negligence’

    10/25/2013 4:49:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | Tuesday 22 October 2013
    A Romanian man who has admitted stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso, wants to pin the blame on the Dutch museum for failing to protect the works, his lawyer said Tuesday. Radu Dogaru is among six Romanians on trial for the spectacular three-minute heist from the Kunthal museum in Rotterdam in October 2012 which stunned the art world. Despite their value, none of the paintings was equipped with an alarm, Dutch authorities have said.
  • A Pile of Romanian Ash May Be Stolen Picasso, Matisse, and Monet Masterpieces

    07/17/2013 8:00:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    If you needed more proof that art theft is a futile, dead-end job, look no further than the Kunsthal heist of 2012. After the theft of seven masterpieces worth tens of millions of dollars ——a Picasso, two Monets, and a Matisse, among others—it appears that the mother of one of the suspects said she burned their cache of high-priced art partly because the thieves couldn't find any buyers.
  • Picasso's Genius Revealed: He Used Common House Paint

    02/09/2013 9:26:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    livescience ^ | 08 February 2013 Time: 10:43 AM ET | Clara Moskowitz
    Art scholars had long suspected Picasso was one of the first master artists to employ house paint, rather than traditional artists' paint, to achieve a glossy style that hid brush marks. There was no absolute confirmation of this, however, until now. Physicists at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., trained their hard X-ray nanoprobe at Picasso's painting "The Red Armchair," completed in 1931, which they borrowed from the Art Institute of Chicago. The nanoprobe instrument can "see" details down to the level of individual pigment particles, revealing the arrangement of particular chemical elements
  • Museum discovers Picasso original after 50 years in storage

    08/18/2012 10:50:00 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 17, 2012 | Unattributed
    The Evansville Museum in Indiana corrected their misidentification of a glass piece of art held in storage for 50 years. The rediscovered artwork is a valuable Picasso original gemmaux work, created by baking different pieces of colored glass, titled "Seated woman with Red Hat." Documentation associated with the piece incorrectly indicated it was by an artist named "Gemmaux" with a design inspired by a Picasso oil painting, and the work was kept in storage for decades.
  • Henri Poincaré: the unlikely link between Einstein and Picasso

    07/17/2012 10:26:27 AM PDT · by Borges · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/17/2012 | Arthur I Miller
    Today, 17 July 2012, is the centenary of the death of the great French polymath Henri Poincaré, once described as the "last of the universalists". His achievements span mathematics (he set the basis for chaos theory), physics (his mathematical methods are still used in studying elementary particles), philosophy (his framework for exploring scientific theories is still controversial) and the psychology of creativity (he studied the workings of the unconscious). Poincaré also acted as a surprising link between Einstein and Picasso, who were both inspired by his best-selling Science and Hypothesis, published in 1902. Working as a patent clerk in Bern,...
  • (Mexican-American tagger) Vandal defaces Menil Collection Picasso - Repairs are under way...

    06/20/2012 1:19:14 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | By Molly Glentzer
    Officials at the Menil Collection don't know why a man spray-painted Pablo Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair" at the museum, but the act wasn't caught just on surveillance cameras. It also was captured by a bystander with a smartphone camera and subsequently posted on YouTube with a caption naming the alleged perpetrator as a young artist... The damaged artwork, with the spray paint barely dry, was rushed down the hall to the museum's conservation lab, where chief conservator Brad Epley quickly began its repair. The 1929 painting, one of nine by Picasso owned by the Menil, has "an excellent...
  • Narcissism and the culture war

    03/10/2012 1:28:50 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3-8-12 | Fred Hutchinson
    The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI-style trench warfare on a long front. In the center of the enemy lines are the forces of moral relativism. These forces oppose the idea that there is a universal moral law. On one flank are the forces of the sexual revolution, including gays, feminists, adulterers, the promiscuous, and the pro-abortion folks. On the other flank are the cultural relativists, and multiculturalists. This camp opposes the ideas of truth, beauty, and intrinsic quality. It seeks to suppress the literary, philosophical, and artistic heritage of...
  • Paintings worth millions stolen from Paris museum

    05/20/2010 10:22:15 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 444+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2010 | ANGELA CHARLTON
    PARIS (AP) -- A thief stole five paintings possibly worth hundreds of millions of euros, including major works by Picasso and Matisse, in a brazen overnight heist at a Paris modern art museum, police and prosecutors said Thursday. The paintings disappeared early Thursday from the Paris Museum of Modern Art, across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower in one of the French capital's most chic and tourist-frequented neighborhoods.
  • Picasso Painting sets record sale price ($106.5 Million at auction)

    05/05/2010 11:45:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 896+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/05/2010 | Jori Finkel
    His 1932 portrait 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' fetches $106.5 million. Some mistresses are more valuable than others. On Tuesday night, Christie's New York sold Pablo Picasso's bold 1932 portrait of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," for $106.5 million, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. "I think the Picasso illustrates what has been true in good and bad economic times — the very best works of art continue to sell at a premium," said Marc Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas. He said the nine bidders active after the opening bid of $58...
  • At $106.5 Million, a Picasso Sets an Auction Record

    05/05/2010 11:41:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 222+ views
    A painting that Picasso created in a single day in March 1932 became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction on Tuesday night. In an overflowing salesroom at Christie’s, six bidders vied for “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” which depicts the artist’s mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, reclining naked. When the canvas last changed hands, in 1951, it sold for $19,800. But this time, “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” brought $106.5 million. For 8 minutes and 6 seconds, bidding rose steadily, with five people still competing at $80 million. Nicholas Hall, of Christie’s old master paintings department in New...
  • Met Visitor's Picasso Stumble is $65 Million Oops: Expert (Woman trips & rips painting)

    01/26/2010 6:05:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies · 1,530+ views
    NBC New York ^ | 2/26/10 | CAITLIN MILLAT
    Met Visitor's Picasso Stumble is $65 Million Oops: ExpertBy CAITLIN MILLAT Updated 4:30 PM EST, Tue, Jan 26, 2010 This may be the most expensive stumble ever. A Metropolitan Museum of Art visitor who lost her balance and tore a hole in a Picasso work Monday slashed the painting's $130 million value in half, an expert told the New York Post. The 6-inch tear in Picasso's "The Actor" happened after a woman stumbled into the Met work, leaving it with a mark that could mean the painting could never be restored to its original condition, appraiser Gerard van Weyenbergh said....
  • Seven-Year-Old British Child Prodigy Being Compared to Picasso - Video

    12/15/2009 7:12:47 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 25 replies · 3,014+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 15, 2009 | Brian
    Here is an interesting video report on seven-year-old British prodigy Kieron Williamson, a young painter being compared to Picasso. He only began painting at age six, but his work is already drawing the rarified comparisons, and people from all over the world are paying a thousand dollars to own a painting by him. As for his view on his paintings, Williamson said he has no favorite because "they are all good." . . . (VIDEO)
  • Soldiers Recover Picasso's 'The Naked Woman,' Stolen From Kuwait, in Raid on Home in Southern Iraq

    08/27/2009 11:54:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies · 3,248+ views
    Special forces have recovered a stolen Picasso and arrested a man planning to sell the painting during a raid of his house in southern Iraq, Iraqi police said Wednesday. The painting, "The Naked Woman," apparently had been among the artwork looted from Kuwait during Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion, said police spokesman Maj. Muthana Khalid. It was seized Tuesday during a raid on the house belonging to the suspect near the mainly Shiite city of Hillah, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad. Khalid said the man was trying to sell the painting for $450,000, but some Iraqi experts who...
  • Picasso book of sketches stolen from Paris museum

    06/09/2009 7:23:59 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 5 replies · 375+ views
    AP ^ | 06/09/09 | JEAN-PIERRE VERGES
    PARIS – A red notebook of 33 pencil drawings by Pablo Picasso has been stolen from a specially locked glass case in the Paris museum that bears the painter's name, authorities said Tuesday. The book is believed to be worth 8 million euros ($11 million), a police official said. The theft took place between Monday and Tuesday morning at the Picasso Museum, removed from a glass case that "can only be opened with a specific instrument," the Culture Ministry said. A museum employee discovered the notebook missing Tuesday morning from the second-floor display case, the police official said anonymously, as...
  • Picasso Paintings Stolen in Paris

    02/28/2007 6:55:38 AM PST · by Aquinasfan · 430 replies · 3,637+ views
    AOL News ^ | 2/28/07 | AP
    PARIS (Feb. 28) - At least two Picasso paintings, worth a total of nearly $66 million, were stolen from the artist's granddaughter's house in Paris, police said Wednesday. The paintings, "Maya and the Doll" and "Portrait of Jacqueline," disappeared overnight Monday to Tuesday from the chic 7th arrondissement, or district, a Paris police official said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said they were worth nearly $66 million. The director of the Picasso Museum, Anne Baldassari, said several paintings and drawings were stolen from the home of Diana Widmaier-Picasso....