Van Gogh paintings stolen in Amsterdam in 2002 found in Italian farmhouse

Oct 1, 2016

Van Gogh paintings stolen in Amsterdam in 2002 found in Italian farmhouse

Police investigating suspected Italian mobsters for cocaine trafficking discovered two van Gogh paintings hidden in a farmhouse near Naples, masterpieces that had vanished in 2002 during a nighttime heist at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, authorities said Friday. The two paintings were “considered among the ...

Smog Free Tower opens in pollution-prone Beijing

Sep 29, 2016

Smog Free Tower opens in pollution-prone Beijing

In a city where smog routinely blankets the streets, a Dutch artist has offered an eccentric solution: a 7-meter metal structure that takes in smog and expels cleaner air. Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower opened Thursday on a small, grassy lot in Beijing’s famed ...

Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record €745,000 in Paris

Jun 23, 2016

Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record €745,000 in Paris

A Japanese woodblock print from the Edo Period fetched €745,000 ($841,000) at auction in Paris, setting a world record for both the genre and the artist, Kitagawa Utamaro, the auctioneer said. The work by the 18th-century artist, titled “Deeply Hidden Love” (“Fukaku Shinobu Koi”), ...

Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published in November

Jun 17, 2016

Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published in November

A sketchbook of drawings by Dutch post-impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered and will be published in November, the French publisher Seuil announced Thursday. “This sketchbook was known only to the owners, myself and the publisher,” Seuil official Bernard Comment said, calling ...

Anthropologist follows trail of century-old hobo graffiti

May 31, 2016

Anthropologist follows trail of century-old hobo graffiti

Anthropologist Susan Phillips had spent a career examining the graffiti that covers urban walls, bridges and freeway overpasses. But when she came across an unrecognizable collection made not with spray paint but substances like grease pencil and apparently left there for a century, she ...

Collector Maezawa drops $98 million on art in two days

May 12, 2016

Collector Maezawa drops $98 million on art in two days

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Yusaku Maezawa, the 40-year-old founder of online clothing retailer Zozotown, continued his art shopping spree on Wednesday, helping Sotheby’s reach $242.2 million in sales at its contemporary art auction even as the art market continues to contract. Maezawa said he is building a private ...

Masterpieces lost in Italian museum heist are recovered in Ukraine

May 12, 2016

Masterpieces lost in Italian museum heist are recovered in Ukraine

Paintings including masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto that were stolen from a Verona museum last year have been found in Ukraine, Italy’s culture minister said Wednesday. “It is a great day,” the minister, Dario Franceschini, said in a statement. “The artworks will soon be ...

Cave artwork in France 10,000 years older than thought

Apr 13, 2016

Cave artwork in France 10,000 years older than thought

Some of the world’s oldest prehistoric artwork, located in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cave in southeastern France, is actually 10,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Tuesday. The red and black cave drawings contained in the cave are more than 30,000 years old, according ...