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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]