Nov 17, 2016

Monet painting fetches record $81.4 million

A painting from Claude Monet’s acclaimed “Grainstack” series fetched $81.4 million at Christie’s New York auction of impressionist and modern art. Wednesday evening’s sale set a new auction record for the artist. The previous auction record for a Monet was $80.4 million set in ...

De Kooning painting sells for record $66.3 million

Nov 16, 2016

De Kooning painting sells for record $66.3 million

Willem de Kooning’s “Untitled XXV” was sold late Tuesday at Christie’s in New York for $66.3 million, a record for a work by the abstract artist and for post-war contemporary art. The imposing work, which measures 7 by 6.5 feet (2 by 2.2 meters), ...

Oct 24, 2016

Swiss billionaire handed $4 million fine for failing to declare artwork

Swiss customs authorities have slapped a billionaire with a $4 million fine for failing to properly declare some 200 artworks imported into Switzerland, according to media reports confirmed by officials Sunday. Financier Urs Schwarzenbach has for years been bringing precious artworks by the likes ...

See how art treasures are restored at Kanazawa studio

Oct 13, 2016

See how art treasures are restored at Kanazawa studio

Ishikawa Prefecture is inviting visitors to view a studio where cultural assets are restored in a bid to draw public attention to the skill of art repair, the first such attempt by a local government in Japan. Ishikawa is known for traditional urushi lacquerware ...

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 ...