HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A painting at a Connecticut museum that has long been thought to be by Vincent Van Gogh has been authenticated as such by Dutch researchers.
Feds seek return of ‘Amorous Couple’ art looted by Nazis
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government says it wants to return a painting to its true owner that was looted from a museum in Nazi-controlled Ukraine near World War II's end.
Recovered de Kooning painting back in the spotlight
PHOENIX (AP) — More than 30 years after it was brazenly stolen from an Arizona museum, a painting by Willem de Kooning reportedly worth $100 million is going on display back where it all...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials at an Oakland private school thought they were sitting on a small fortune after a donation of four Chinese paintings valued at $2.8 million.
ROME (AP) — A painting by Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi has been found hidden beneath another of the Baroque master's work, the Uffizi Galleries in Florence said.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — One of the most prominent judges in Alabama's history is getting a new portrait.
Al.com reports the new painting of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John McKinley is...
Court rejects injunction against German museum over painting
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has rejected a bid by the heirs of a Jewish French art collector to seize a painting that a Houston museum has loaned to Germany.
Back to his roots: Hockney landscapes adorn Van Gogh Museum
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A new exhibition at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum highlights the influences of the tormented Dutch master on the later landscape works of one of the world's greatest living artists,...
Hanoi Postcard: Vietnamese painter of Trump art diversifies
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The stereotype of artists as eccentric is a common one, and the work of Vietnamese artist Tran Lam Binh seems to support that view. Since 2015 he has turned out painting...
New Mexico angling to become home of New Deal art museum
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An effort is underway in New Mexico to build support for establishing a national museum dedicated to the New Deal, the Great Depression-era series of work programs and art...
Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past
ATLANTA (AP) — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world's largest paintings of the American Civil War will...
Artist probes Russia’s toxic legacy through family history
MOSCOW (AP) — Pavel Otdelnov recalls how as a child he saw his mother boil his parents' bedding every day. His father worked in the factories of Dzerzhinsk, the center of Soviet chemical...
Rijksmuseum shows off its Rembrandts in blockbuster show
AMSTERDAM (AP) — For the first time, and likely the last, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is showing off most of its works by Rembrandt van Rijn in a single exhibition.
From imposing portraits to intimate sketches and prints that usually lie cocooned in the darkness of climate-controlled storage, the Amsterdam museum is exhibiting 22 paintings, 60 drawings and some 300 of its best etchings in the blockbuster show that turns visitors into flies on the walls of the Dutch master's life.
5 alleged Hitler watercolors go unsold at German auction
BERLIN (AP) — Five watercolors attributed to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler from his early days as a struggling artist have failed to sell at auction in the southern German city of Nuremberg, possibly over fears they could be fakes.
The Nuremberger Nachrichten newspaper reported Sunday that no bids were received on the paintings, which had starting prices of between 19,000 euros ($21,500) and 45,000 euros ($50,900).
Oklahoma City museum acquires painting by Obama portraitist
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has acquired a painting by the artist who created President Barack Obama's official portrait.
Kehinde Wiley's painting titled "Jacob de Graeff" features a contemporary person in a style modeled on 17th century Dutch artist Gerard ter Borch's portrait of Jacob de Graeff, a Dutch regent.
Texas students don wigs in tribute to late painter Bob Ross
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — There were lots of happy little trees at one Texas middle school this week.
Autistic artist gains praise for massive building sculptures
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Meet Kambel Smith, a 32-year-old self-taught artist with autism whose large and intricate cardboard sculptures of Philadelphia buildings are gaining attention in the art world.
Talent finds a way: Kambel created hundreds of oil paintings before his dad could no longer afford the expensive supplies. Undeterred, Kambel grabbed cardboard from the trash and started to create sculptures of iconic Philadelphia buildings like the Museum of Art and the Divine Lorraine Hotel.
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Germany: Texas museum stands by ownership of disputed art
BERLIN (AP) — A Houston museum said Friday it "stands by its ownership" of a painting on loan to an exhibition in Germany which is being claimed as Nazi-looted art.
Henri Edmond Cross' "Regatta in Venice" was loaned by Houston's Museum of Fine Arts for a show on the French artist at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. Heirs of Jewish French collector Gaston Levy say it was stolen from their family by the Nazis and have filed a legal request for its return.
Banksy painting that self-destructed displayed in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — A Banksy painting that shocked onlookers as it partially shredded itself after being sold at auction is going on display in Germany.
The Frieder Burda museum in Baden-Baden said Monday that "Girl with Balloon," which self-destructed last year after an unidentified European collector successfully bid $1.4 million at a Sotheby's auction, will be shown from Feb. 5 through March 3.
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Jewish collector’s heirs want US painting on loan in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — The heirs of a Jewish collector say a painting from a Texas museum on loan in Germany was stolen from their family by the Nazis, and have filed a legal request for its return, a German newspaper reported Wednesday.
German daily Bild reported the unidentified heirs are claiming ownership of Henri-Edmond Cross's "Regatta in Venice" from 1903/04, which is currently on show at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, near Berlin. The painting is on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum buys her ‘Ritz Tower’ painting
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has purchased the American artist's "Ritz Tower" painting, a rare work of her take on a New York skyscraper, the museum announced this week.
Officials at the Santa Fe, New Mexico, museum said it bought the 1928 piece in October from a private collector but declined to say how much it cost.
Last year, the museum sold three of the artist's lesser works for $19.5 million to add to its acquisition fund.
Art museum delays decision on accepting Rockwell paintings
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A board of trustees for an Ohio art museum has delayed accepting Norman Rockwell art from the Boys Scouts of America, fearing community backlash because of a recent report detailing the scouting organization's problems involving child sex abuse allegations.
Russian police recover painting stolen in broad daylight
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police on Monday found the painting that was stolen a day earlier from Moscow's famed museum of Russian art in broad daylight before unsuspecting visitors.
The painting of mountain ridges by Arkhip Kuindzhi, titled "Ai-Petri. Crimea," was stolen in front of confused visitors on Sunday evening at the Tretyakov Gallery in one of the most brazen Russian art heist in recent memory.
Painting stolen from Moscow gallery as witnesses watch
MOSCOW (AP) — Police say a painting by a noted Russian landscape artist has been stolen from Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery, apparently in front confused witnesses.
The painting of mountain ridges by Arkhip Kuindzhi, titled "Ai-Petri. Crimea," was reported missing from the Tretyakpv, a premier museum of Russian art, on Sunday.
Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk told the Interfax news agency museum guards reported to police that unknown people took the painting off a wall and left.
Man bequeaths Tennessee Williams’ paintings to museum
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — David Wolkowsky, the entrepreneurial philanthropist who helped restore Key West, and Tennessee Williams, the celebrated playwright who wrote parts of his best-known plays in the island city, were lifelong friends.
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Berlin police seize 3 Hitler paintings as possible fakes
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say experts are examining three watercolor landscapes allegedly painted by a young Adolf Hitler to determine if they are fakes.
Spokesman Martin Halweg said Friday the paintings were seized from an auction house in the German capital after the Berlin police department received a complaint questioning their authenticity.
Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ staying put in Amsterdam museum
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A "full body scan" carried out on the Van Gogh Museum's version of the Dutch master's iconic "Sunflowers" has shown the painting is not fit to travel because it's in "stable but vulnerable" condition, the museum's director said Thursday.
Sarasota artist paints with lipstick and kisses
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Alexis Fraser, known as Lipstick Lex, has been inspiring positivity through her unique medium.
Armed with tubes of lipstick and an assortment of makeup brushes, Sarasota resident Alexis Fraser, more popularly known as Lipstick Lex on social media, has been spreading positivity with her unconventional art since 2012.
Man exonerated after 45 years sells his prison art to get by
FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Richard Phillips said he didn't mope much during the 45 years he wrongfully spent in prison. He painted watercolors in his cell: warm landscapes, portraits of famous people like Mother Teresa, vases of flowers, a bassist playing jazz.
"I didn't actually think I'd ever be free again. This art is what I did to stay sane," the 73-year-old said.
Columbia artist offers henna to those coping with illness
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When a friend approached Columbia artist Sue Giger for a henna tattoo, Giger had never heard of it.
Giger, who conducts her part-time art business under the name Midnight Museum, has experience in printmaking, watercolor and acrylic painting and face and body art. When her friend told her about henna, she was immediately intrigued to learn a new art form.
After researching, buying supplies and experimenting with a number of pastes, Giger was hooked.
Theft of church painting puzzles Belgian police
BRUSSELS (AP) — It's probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn't stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. But the disappearance of a painting that a priest claimed resembled a work by the Renaissance master has Belgian investigators scratching their heads.
South Korea stops paintings brought from North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials said Wednesday they have stopped businessmen from bringing North Korean paintings into the country that a report said were purchased at an art studio under U.N. sanctions.
Observers say similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea's liberal government pushes for deeper exchanges with North Korea.
High court won’t hear lawsuit over art seized during WWII
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heirs of a renowned Jewish art collector won't be able use U.S courts to sue Hungary's government for the return of paintings seized during World War II that are worth millions.
The Supreme Court on Monday said it wouldn't take the case. That means an appeals court ruling that Hungary is immune from being sued in U.S. courts over the paintings stands.
Helped by Beyonce clip, Paris’ Louvre breaks visitor record
PARIS (AP) — The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, received a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, numbers boosted by a video clip shot by pop star Beyonce amid its paintings and sculptures.
The Louvre also mentioned in a statement Thursday the success of its flagship exhibition on French master Delacroix as a reason for the record.
Ivan the Terrible art was looted from Nazi-occupied Ukraine
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Gabby and David Tracy had become rather fond of the large painting of Ivan the Terrible that had been left behind in a house David Tracy bought when he first came to Ridgefield, Conn., in 1987.
When the couple married four years later and moved to another house in the same town, they spent $37,000 to build an addition designed to display the artwork of the Russian czar fleeing the Kremlin. It measured 64 square feet.
Renaissance master: Tintoretto’s 500th spans 2 continents
VENICE, Italy (AP) — A Venetian cloth dyer's son, Tintoretto spent his entire career in Venice, becoming widely considered the last great painter of the Renaissance.
The lagoon city's churches and palazzi essentially serve as a permanent retrospective of this native son's formidable talents in using dramatic color, bold brushstrokes and daringly innovative perspective on often-enormous canvasses.
Painting stolen in WWII is heading from US to Ukraine
A painting that was stolen during World War II and later spent decades in a Connecticut home will be returned to an art museum in Ukraine, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials.
The FBI seized the painting after a retired couple in Ridgefield transported it to Washington, D.C., to be auctioned last year. The couple, David and Gabby Tracy, had long cherished the painting but figured it was a copy, not the signed original.
Gov. Malloy’s official state portrait unveiled at ceremony
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With just weeks left in his final term, outgoing Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's official portrait has been unveiled.
Past and present advisers, friends, family members and supporters gathered at the Museum of Connecticut History Thursday for the unveiling ceremony. Malloy's successor and fellow Democrat, Gov.-elect Ned Lamont, was also on hand for the event, which turned into a tribute to the outgoing governor who leaves office Jan. 9.
Mystery donor gives Virginia museum painting worth $40M
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An iconic masterpiece painted to celebrate U.S. expansion across the American continent has a new home, one that promises to add historical context and the Native Americans' point of view.
Family portraits by artists stand out as different, lasting
Jewelette McDaniel always felt guilty about not sending photos often enough to her mother-in-law. So last Christmas, she commissioned an artist to paint a family portrait featuring her in-laws and their immediate family: son, daughter, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.
Couple charged in burglary spree that netted nearly $1M
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple have been charged in a burglary spree that prosecutors say netted them nearly $1 million in cash and property.
Prosecutors say Francis Smith and Dorri Smith ransacked 26 homes and a business in four counties between November 2016 and September 2017. Prosecutors say their haul was more than $100,000 in cash and more than $800,000 in property, including expensive watches, oil paintings, rugs, jewelry and firearms.
Spanish museum, California family in court over disputed art
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The great-grandson of a Jewish woman who surrendered her priceless Camille Pissarro painting to escape the Holocaust watched Tuesday as his lawyer relentlessly grilled officials of the Spanish museum where it now hangs, expressing incredulity that they didn't know it was Nazi looted art.
The Latest: Testimony ends in trial over disputed Nazi art
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a trial over disputed Nazi art (all times local):
Testimony has ended in a Los Angeles trial to decide the rightful owner of a priceless Camille Pissaro painting that was seized by the Nazis in 1939.
U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Tuesday offered both attorneys the opportunity for closing arguments, but they declined. The judge gave them until Feb. 10 to submit post-trial motions. The judge's ruling isn't expected until the spring.
A painter at the wedding can capture a scene in a unique way
Katie Curry wanted a sentimental wedding keepsake that depicted the joyous moments after her ceremony as she and her husband, John, walked back down the aisle on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
What she didn't want was a portrait that included the backs of the guests' heads. She had a photographer and a videographer, but her ideal came to life in a painting created by a live-event painter, Laura Swytak, who attended the Aug. 4 ceremony in Malibu, California.
West Texas gallery challenges artists to submit tiny art
SNYDER, Texas (AP) — Big fans of unusual art may have to squint in order to check out 120 pieces of tiny artwork in West Texas.
An exhibit called "Tiny Art!" is running through Dec. 22 at the 1818 Arthouse, a gallery in Snyder, the Abilene Reporter-News reports.
"This show is literally about small artwork, the goal here was to see who could create the smallest," said Laura Greenwood, the gallery's manager.
Jury: Family should repay $500K for selling fake Golub works
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A jury has determined that a former art professor and her son should repay nearly $500,000 for selling forged paintings by the late artist Leon Golub, who depicted large-scale scenes of war, torture and oppression.
Police: 3 men walk off with Renoir ahead of Austria auction
BERLIN (AP) — Three unknown men allegedly stole a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir from an auction house in Vienna, police said Wednesday.
The thieves walked into the Dorotheum auction house on Monday and removed the painting from a wall in a room on the second floor where it was on display. They then left the building through three different exits and escaped, police said in a written statement.