Lost ‘Nazi art’ shows aim to reunite masterpieces with true owners – BBC News

It’s five years since authorities in Germany uncovered around 1500 works of art held by Cornelius Gurlitt, then aged 79. He’d inherited the work – by artists ranging from Old Masters to Picasso – from his father, an art-dealer who worked with the Nazis to acquire valuable artworks from Jewish families. Now exhibitions in Germany and in Switzerland are putting highlights on display, in the hope of alerting descendants who may be the rightful owners.

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Solving art’s mysteries online | Apollo Magazine

The Forge of Vulcan (detail; 17th century), attributed to Ary de Vois. Abingdon Guildhall

So in March 2014 another online network, Art Detective, was established to enable the input of anyone who could supply specific knowledge about individual paintings. As well as specialists, ordinary members of the public have been encouraged to contribute by proposing discussions to establish attributions and dates of paintings, or to identify the subjects and locations depicted. Once the owners have agreed to a public discussion, the suggestion is assigned to one of 27 groups, each headed by a specialist t

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This Gallery Is Dedicated to Coal Miners’ Art | Smart News | Smithsonian

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In the 1930s, coal miners based out of Ashington, Northumberland, began an art appreciation class out of their local YMCA. The Ashington Group, as they called themselves, stuck to the philosophy “paint what you know,” and the group became a sensation, capturing a unique look at life in coal mines and coal towns. The life and times of the miners, dubbed the “Pitmen Painters” have been chronicled by art critic William Feaver and also adapted into a Broadway play. Now, reports Javier Pres at artnet News, their

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Illustrating a better world: ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ invokes youth voices

What if you had a magic pencil with the power to create anything you wanted? What would you draw? What would you erase?

As a child Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate, dreamed for such a pencil, one to draw a real soccer ball for her brothers or beautiful dresses for her mother. One to draw a more peaceful world, an equal place for boys and girls.

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Prince’s personal photographer releases new book of rare images – StarTribune.com

Parke got the gig. And he kept on painting — staying on as art director and Prince’s personal photographer for 14 years.Parke did everything from designing stage sets and working on video shoots to photographing album covers and designing souvenir T-shirts. And he continued to live in Baltimore, spending about one week a month in Chanhassen.

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A “centrepiece of the whole of 20th-century art”: rediscovered Francis Bacon piece to be auctioned at Christie’s

A rediscovered painting by Francis Bacon is to be shown for the first time in over 50 years at next month’s contemporary art sales in London. The 1955 painting of Pope Pius X11 seated on a golden throne, his hand raised in some enigmatic gesture, was last exhibited in 1962 and sold the following year in Turin. Since then it has been locked away in a very private collection.

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‘Art Gone Wild’: Oklahoma City Zoo marks eighth year of showing animal art for a good cause | News OK

The eighth annual “Art Gone Wild” exhibit will display artwork from alligators and anacondas, ocelots and okapis, snow leopards and sea lions throughout September in the south lobby gallery of the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Crystal Bridge.

Among the new artists who will be showing their work are the zoo’s 3-year-old Indian rhinoceros Rupert, two baby flamingos and a group of juvenile Galapagos tortoises. Returning favorites like the great apes and Asian elephants were provided a few larger canvases than last year, meaning that there will be even bigger paintings for their fans to admire and acquire.

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How valuable is great exposure for free art, labor

A must read for those new to the arts industries – watch out for the “Do it for the exposure” line you will hear often.  Establish your rules and how you will handle donation of services or products now – while your career is still young.  Set your parameters up now and stick to them.  It’s much easier to say “No Thank you, but I am willing to do this…” and then explain what you would be willing to do to help, if anything.  Don’t be bullied or made to feel guilty or tricked.  Study up on the business side of your art – because you will need to understand this side to truly be successful.  Good Luck!

This time of year, artist’s inboxes fill up with requests from nonprofits looking for “local” art donations for fundraising. Phrases such as “100% Tax Deductible” and “Great Exposure” fill the introduction letters to entice artists to donate their art.Guess what? Tax law only allows an artist to deduct the cost of materials, not the value of time put into a piece. Blame Nixon. Yes, the former president – Nixon wrote-off millions of dollars for donating his own manuscripts to a library. Then Congress enacted a law with some loose enough terminology to include artists that, basically, states creators can only deduct material costs and not a donation’s fair market value.

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Stunning chair donated to Storyhouse will be enjoyed by children for years to come – Chester Chronicle

This is absolutely beautiful!!  Such craftsmanship!

A stunning, hand-sculpted reading chair has taken pride of place in the children’s library at Storyhouse , thanks to generous benefactors.

As a special gift to Storyhouse to commemorate its opening in May this year, the Friends of Chester Literature Festival commissioned award-winning local craftsman Simon O’Rourke to create a unique storytelling chair for the library.

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