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Thursday, March 22, 2018

‘Art Of The Con’ Paints Revealing Picture Of Scammed Collectors

There is something irresistible about that point where art and crime intersect: the money, the egos, the jet-set country club types — not to mention all the talk about provenance and brush strokes and craquelure.

July 19, 2015

Endorse This: The Opening Bid Is $100 Million

Watch this squirm-inducing video — because at the very least, seeing these fine folks bid higher and higher will make you feel better about your own impulse buys.

May 12, 2015

Artists Demand NY Police Return Snowden Bust

“It is somewhat ironic that as Edward Snowden is in exile in Russia his statue is being held hostage in the basement of a police precinct in New York City.”

April 14, 2015
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Once Stored Under A Couch, A Long-Lost Masterpiece By Mexico’s Cabrera Has Resurfaced

An infamous scroll painting from colonial New Spain depicting racial castes was found under a San Franciscan’s couch.

April 1, 2015
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Former Chiefs Tight End Sean McGrath Isn’t Alone As Other Young NFL Players Retire

There’s no room for soul searching in football. Personal health, art, writing, and continuing education are among the reasons why scores of NFL players are leaving the game.

March 30, 2015

Review: ‘Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class’

America’s creative class is quietly disappearing — and the result could be devastating for America.

January 17, 2015

A ‘Real’ Portrait Of ‘Big Eyes’ Artist Margaret Keane

By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Margaret Keane sighs softly and shifts uncomfortably in her seat. She’s just been asked to describe what she felt the first time she saw Big Eyes, the new Tim Burton film about her life and her art — paintings of waifish children with weepy saucer eyes that became […]

December 22, 2014

Stolen Matisse Masterpiece Goes On Wild Ride, Now Back In Venezuela

By Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald MIAMI — A stolen Matisse masterpiece taken on a long and wild international ride that ended with a thwarted black market sale in Miami Beach has finally made it back home to Venezuela. FBI agents in Miami led the investigation to recover the $3.7 million painting, called “Odalisque in […]

August 29, 2014

Investors Offer $4B Loan To Bankrupt Detroit With Art Museum As Collateral

By Nathan Bomey, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — An investor group offered to loan the City of Detroit as much as $4 billion — up from a $2 billion offer in April — to help the city pay off creditors, reinvest in services and emerge from Chapter 9 bankruptcy. But the deal would require the city to […]

August 27, 2014

For L.A. Skid Row Residents And Advocates, Mural Is A Sign Of Survival

By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times Skid Row is the place that dares not speak its name. The neighborhood of 10,000 people on the eastern end of downtown Los Angeles — with the largest concentration of homeless people in the country — is generally not listed on municipal signs or maps. The local firehouse was […]

August 26, 2014

Two German Artists Claim Brooklyn Bridge Flag Stunt

Washington (AFP) – Two German artists are claiming responsibility for a stunt that baffled New Yorkers last month: two big white flags placed atop the Brooklyn bridge in place of the U.S. stars and stripes, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Artists Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke told the Times their prank was aimed at […]

August 13, 2014