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Art World Roundup: response to global protests, Black Lives Matter murals, a found Banksy, and upcoming auction horrays and woes

This week’s Art World Roundup covers ongoing response to global protests, from Steve McQueen to Black Lives Matter artworks to a controversial ex-Whitney Museum trustee, and a couple of upcoming auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s that are making headlines for very different reasons.    Artist Steve McQueen dedicates Cannes Film Festival films to George Floyd […]

Works by Salvador Dalí stolen from Stockholm gallery

Early this morning in Stockholm, thieves stole a bronze sculpture and etchings by Salvador Dalí. The works were on display at the Couleur Gallery in the Östermalm district of the country’s capital city. The theft has been described as a smash and grab, and one that’s added to the list of artworks stolen in recent […]

Art world awash with artifice, forgery and deceit – by design?

An Italian gardener made global headlines last month after stumbling across what appears to be the second most sought-after piece of stolen artwork in the world. The unassuming groundskeeper made the incredible find while maintaining the estate surrounding the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the northern Italian city of Piacenza, where the painting – […]

Stolen Klimt painting might have been found in gallery wall

More than 20 years ago, a painting by Gustav Klimt was stolen from a modern art gallery in Piacenza, Italy. It seemed the painting had vanished as the decades went by and nothing more about it was discovered. That was until yesterday when the gallery’s gardener found a painting in the walls of the gallery. […]

Second Banksy artwork stolen from Paris

A Banksy artwork of a masked rat holding a knife was stolen in Paris. It was by no means a traditional art heist however, as the work had been stenciled on the back of a large traffic sign near the Pompidou Centre. The gallery, which holds the largest collection of contemporary artworks in Europe, made […]

Found Pinturicchio painting on view at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria

In 1990, a painting by Bernardino di Betti ‘Pinturicchio’ (1454-1513) was stolen from its home. Since then, the painting was nowhere to be found until recently when the masterpiece, Madonna and Child, was recovered nearly 30 years later by Italy’s Cultural Heritage Protection Unit. The painting is now poised to be returned to its private […]

Lost and found: a stolen de Kooning makes its debut

In 1985, Woman-Ochre (1955) by Willem de Kooning was stolen. Cut from its frame, the painting was taken from the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) in Tucson where it had been for 27 years. The whereabouts of the painting remained a mystery until it was recovered in 2017 by Manzanita Ridge Furniture Antiques. […]