9 May 2018

Rockefeller Sale Misses Billion Dollar Mark Despite Monet And Matisse Records 

It wasn’t the billion dollar sale that Christie’s optimistically predicted but it was an evening of fierce bidding and record prices for both Matisse and the stalwart of Impressionism Monet. 

22 November 2017

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Peggy and David Rockefeller Auction Revealed In Hong Kong Exhibition

Highlights from what many have dubbed the sale to watch in 2018, the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller has been revealed by Christie’s.

11 August 2017

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Matisse vs The Multi-Cultural Multi-Ethnic 21st Century Art World – Edward Lucie-Smith

I went to see the R.A.’s new Matisse show, but not at the press view, as I was abroad. I did go very shortly after it opened. Not unexpectedly, it was jammed with visitors, and I mean jammed. You had to dodge round backs to get a proper view of some of the smaller items, notably the drawings.

7 June 2017

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21 February 2017

Paris Art Thieves Receive 21 Years Collectively For Hundred Million Heist

The trial of the 2010 ‘Spider-Man’ burglary at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris has concluded securing an eight year sentence for 49-year-old Serbian mastermind Vjeran Tomic.

23 November 2015

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Disputed Matisse Portrait In The National Gallery Was Stolen Claims Family

A painting by the French Fauvist artist Henri Matisse of the Artist Greta Moll is at the centre of a dispute, at London’s National Gallery. The institution has been threatened with legal action relating to the painting, which was purchased over 36 years ago. The family claims that it was stolen from its original owner, shortly after the second world […]

30 June 2015

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Sean Scully Unveils His Bespoke Chapel Outside Barcelona

The Turner Prize nominated international artist Sean Scully, has revealed his sublime, completely bespoke chapel housed in the recently renovated Romanesque Church of Santa Cecília de Montserrat, outside Barcelona. It was unveiled today, Tuesday 30 June 2015, on the artist’s 70th birthday.  The chapel now joins other important examples of single artist commissions, such as the Matisse Chapel in […]

1 May 2015

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Curator Amanda Geitner Talks To Artlyst About Francis Bacon And A Very Personal Patronage

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, the latest exhibition bringing together over twenty-five major works by the great British painter Francis Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of the celebrations […]

25 April 2015

Francis Bacon And The Masters: The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts – Essential Appropriation

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, the latest exhibition of works by the renowned British painter, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of […]

22 April 2015

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Thierry Morel Talks To Artlyst About Francis Bacon, Influence, And Memory

Francis Bacon and the Masters is the latest exhibition of works by the late-great British painter, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Francis Bacon and the Masters forms the culmination of the celebrations marking […]

19 March 2015

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Samuel Goldwyn Art Collection Goes Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Modern art masterpieces from The Samuel Goldwyn family Collection will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, in a series of auctions beginning in May 2015. The Goldwyn’s is legendary within the film industry, many will discover in these sales that their creative vision also extended to collecting fine art. Samuel Goldwyn Sr. assembled a core […]

19 March 2015

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Extensive Francis Bacon Exhibition To Open At Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts

Francis Bacon and the Masters is a groundbreaking exhibition bringing together over twenty-five major works by Francis Bacon with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. Francis Bacon and the Masters forms the culmination of the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum, St […]

20 January 2015

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Spanish Forgery Ring Creating Picasso, Miró, and Matisse Fakes Arrested

Three people in the cities of Zaragoza and Tarragona have been arrested for trying to sell fake Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse drawings, El País reports. They have been charged with crimes against intellectual property and fraud after being csught by Spain’s Civil Guard. The arrests are the culmination of Operación Mirones (Operation […]

8 December 2014

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Degenerate Art From German Museums Goes On Display In Liège

A new exhibition bringing together works from the well documented Lucerne auction in 1939 has been mounted in Liège. On the eve of the Second World War, the Nazi authorities wished to dispose of modern art works that were in the collections and on display in German art galleries and museums, considered “degenerate”by the Third […]

6 May 2014

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Cornelius Gurlitt Nazi Treasure Trove Hoarder Dies In Munich

Cornelius Gurlitt the son of a notorious Nazi art dealer whose secret collection included many Third Reich looted pieces, has died in Germany age 81. He passed away on the 6th May in his Munich apartment, which was used to store 1,400 valuable works of art including Picasso, Matisse and Monet masterpieces said to be […]

24 April 2014

Matisse Swan Song Fizzes With Invigorating, Playful Energy: Tate Modern

There is little to fault in terms of curation of ‘The Cut Outs’, a chronological survey of Matisse’s late period of works constrained to the medium of paper and scissors rather than paint and brush, a progression forced by his ill health in this latter stage of his life. Where retrospectives often trace the origins […]

18 April 2014

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Anyone could do it – Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

artseer.wordpress.com “I could do that.  Actually, my four year old could do that”.  This reaction, found amidst a discussion thread to a review of Tate Modern’s summer blockbuster, sounds familiar.  “A load of tosh”, “hobbykraft”; “junk”, “utterly insignificant”, and so the thread continues.  Could the gallery have made a terrible mistake and opened a show […]

8 April 2014

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Art Collector Cornelius Gurlitt To Return Claimed Stolen Degenerate Masterpieces

Cornelius Gurlitt, the elderly son of a Nazi era art dealer has come to a co-operative agreement with German authorities to resolve which masterpieces held in his collection were stolen during the Second World War. This will be the first step in securing the return of the art to the heirs of the mainly Jewish […]

22 March 2014

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Matisse Masterpiece Stolen By Nazis Will Be Restituted To Heirs

A Norwegian museum has agreed to the restitution of a  $20m (£12m) Matisse painting stolen by the Nazis from the highly regarded Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg. The masterpiece was created in 1937 and owned by the dealer, who also represented Picasso and other artists considered degenerate by the Third Reich. In 1941 Rosenberg was […]

16 February 2014

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Art Looted By The Nazis: Germany Considers Amending Laws

The authorities in Germany are considering amending laws to allow victims of art looted by the Nazis to reclaim their property. Currently there are statute of limitations of 30 years and red tape blocking the rightful owners of art and antiques from successfully making claims of ownership. The bill, proposed by the southern state of Bavaria, […]

30 November 2013

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Tate Loans Matisse Snail Cut-Out To MoMa For Exhibition

Matisse’s iconic cut-out masterpiece, ‘The Snail’ will be leaving Britain for the first time in 50 years, to be included in the exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, a groundbreaking reassessment of the colourful and innovative final works of modern art master. Bringing together around 120 works, many seen together for the first time, the exhibition […]

12 November 2013

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Hitler’s Joseph Goebbels Sold Degenerate Art Trove Found In Munich

It has now been revealed that Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels sold 200 masterpieces to the art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt the father of the man involved in the discovery of hundereds of Nazi era missing art works. It was recently announced that these works are available to view online at http://www.lostart.de . The transaction for […]

30 October 2013

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Dutch Museums Commit To Programme of Nazi Art Restitution

The Rijksmuseumis in Amsterdam is among hundreds of public institutions assisting in the search for looted Nazi treasures stolen from Jewish owners. The museums in total have identified over 139 pieces of art in regional and national collections which were stolen. The hoard includes a valuable paintings by Matisse, Kandinsky as well as Dutch impressionist […]

19 April 2013

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Tate Announces Matisse Mondrian and Malevich Exhibitions For 2014

The Tate have announced some of the highlights for their 2014 exhibition programme. Included will be major exhibitions of the work of Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, JMW Turner, Richard Hamilton and Kazimir Malevich.   The late periods of two giants of painting are presented in major exhibitions in London. At Tate Modern, Henri Matisse: The […]

6 April 2013

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Matisse Painting Stolen By Nazis Reignites Sonja Henie’s Dark Past

Relatives of the legendary Parisian art dealer Paul Rosenberg are demanding the return of a Matisse Masterpiece from the Henie-Onstad Art Centre in Norway. The family claim that the painting was seized by Nazis, under the orders of Hermann Goering, during World War II. The gallery has so far refused to cooperate with the family […]

6 May 2012

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Tate Retrospective For Key Painter Alex Katz

Born in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, Alex Katz is one of the most important and respected living American artists. In July 2012 Katz celebrates his 85th birthday, and a career that spans a remarkable six decades: to mark this monumental occasion, the Tate St Ives Summer Exhibition 2012 will bring together over 30 of […]

30 April 2012

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Happy Birthday Picasso’s Patron & Gertrude Stein’s Lover Alice Toklas

Alice Babette Toklas (1877-1967) is best remembered as the pseudo-subject of Gertrude Stein’s memoirs, but this American woman was an integral part of the flourishing art and literature scene in early 20th-century Paris. Toklas’s  early life was unremarkable growing up on the west coast in a middle-class Jewish family.  It was upon moving to Paris […]

15 August 2011

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Matisse Painting Attacked Washington Lunatic Strikes Again

Security must be tightened at major museums internationally A woman with mental health problems who also attacked a $100m painting by Gauguin in Washington earlier this year has struck again. This time the object of her disapproval was centered on a work by Henri Matisse. Susan Burns of Alexandria, Va., was arrested 5 August after […]