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A forgery scam that poses a significant threat to unsuspecting art buyers has been uncovered by the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), which has identified four fakes purportedly by Jackson Pollock that were brought to it for authentication by three different owners. All the works surfaced starting in 2013, and are said to have come from the collection of James Brennerman, who, as far as IFAR can determine, is a fictitious identity. The organisation, which has helped authenticate works by the artist since the Pollock-Krasner Authentication Board was disbanded in 1995, outlined its investigation into the forgeries in the most recent issue of its IFAR Journal. It has seen photographs of ten other fake Pollocks and spotted another one online, all apparently from the same cache. To date IFAR is aware of less than two dozen possible fakes, but it fears there may be many more, since the paintings submitted to it were accompanied by a hefty dossier of documents referring to Brennermans collection of more than 700 works by Pollock. Those documents also refer to paintings by artists including Kline, De Kooning, Renoir, Monet, Hassam, Rothko, Manet, Hopper, Motherwell and Gorky, which Brennerman envisioned would eventually [...]
Wed, Aug 23, 2017
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The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville today officially established its School of Artthe states first such schoolthanks to a $120m gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, set up by the family of the late Walmart founder, Sam Walton, to support charities in Arkansas. This is the single largest gift that has ever been given to an art school at an American university, including founding gifts. The new School of Art grew out of the art department of the universitys J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, which currently has 8,000 students (out of a total 27,000 students). It will continue to offer the same undergraduate programmes as the former departmentsuch as art history, arts education, ceramics, photography and paintingbut will add new graduate degrees, including a master of fine arts in graphic design and doctorate programmes in art history and arts education, to be developed over a five-year period. In addition to the new degree programmes, the gift will provide scholarships, travel grants and internship opportunities to students. The school will emphasise the study of art in the US and Americas, says the universitys chancellor, Joseph Steinmetz, and administrators hope that the art school [...]
Wed, Aug 23, 2017
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Russias contemporary arts scene is on edge after a Moscow court placed the theater director Kirill Serebrennikov under house arrest until 19 October while he awaits trial on charges of defrauding the state of 68 million rubles (about $1.15 million). The decision has led analysts to predict further cultural crackdowns with the approach of the March 2018 presidential elections and a likely fourth term for Vladimir Putin. Serebrennikov, the artistic director of Moscows Gogol Center theater, was detained by police in St Petersburg earlier this week on the set of a film he is directing about Viktor Tsoi, a late Soviet era cult rock star. Tsois hit songs with his band Kino included ! (Changes!), which called on Russias youth to demand change from the government. Via his lawyer on Tuesday, Serebrennikov called the charges absurd. Last month, the premier of his staging at the Bolshoi Theater of a production about Rudolf Nureyev, which addressed the dancers homosexuality, was postponed at the last minute. He is in demand in Europe and was expected in Stuttgart, Germany in September for an opera production. His 2016 film The Student, about a high schoolers religious fanaticism that has been seen [...]
Wed, Aug 23, 2017
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Claims that the English author Lewis Carroll had an interest in sexualising young children will be countered in an exhibition of Victorian photography opening at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London next spring. Victorian Giants: the Birth of Art Photography (1 March-20 May 2018) is to feature Carrolls well-known portraits of a young Alice Liddell, the real model for his Alice in Wonderland, as well as the delicate original negatives. Less-familiar portraits of Liddell as a grown woman by Carroll and the pioneering British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron will also be included. According to the curator Phillip Prodger, the aim is to look at the intersections between the four photographers included in the exhibition: Carroll, Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden. Sometimes its the same sitter, sometimes its the same subject matter; for instance, how did all four approach children? Prodger says. Carroll, Cameron and Rejlander all photographed Lionel Tennyson, the grandson of the poet Alfred. Meanwhile, Hawarden, who was the daughter of an English admiral, captured her own children. These, and around 15 other images of children, will feature in the show. As for the allegations against Carroll, whose real name was Charles [...]
Wed, Aug 23, 2017
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Where will Maurizio Cattelans golden loo end up? The mischief-making Italian artist installed the 18-carat gold, fully functioning toilet at the Guggenheim Museum New York almost a year ago. The working WC, entitled America (2016), has been a huge hit, but soon there will be no more number ones (or twos) in the eye-popping lavatory, which comes off display on 15 September. In a blog posted by Nancy Spector, the Guggenheims artistic director, she writes that the gold toileta cipher for the excesses of affluencehas been available for all to use in the privacy of one of the Guggenheims single-stall, gender-neutral bathrooms. More than 100,000 people have waited patiently in line for the opportunity to commune with art and with nature. We want to know though where the loo is heading. Sadly, a Guggenheim spokeswoman says that the destination is unknown. But Cattelans dealer Emmanuel Perrotin throws some light on the fate of the dazzling urinal. I don't have any information but who knows with Maurizio, he can surprise us at any time. Maybe he will keep it for personal use, he quips. [...]
Wed, Aug 23, 2017
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