There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from June 5th – June 11th, 2016.
This week we saw a fire erupt outside The Louvre, a 14,000-year-old Spanish cave drawing was discovered, and Banksy surprised a group of school students.
Top Art News Stories
Helen Mirren Testifies Over Looted Nazi Art
Actress Helen Mirren has testified in a US court about the slow process involved in reuniting Jewish owners with art that was looted from them during WWII. She recently played the role of a Jewish woman named Maria Altmann, who was trying to recover her looted painting, in the film Woman in Gold. Mirren insisted to the court that the Jewish people must have their art returned to them, as it is akin to memories or their heritage being taken from them. Full Story Here →
Gallery Owner Arrested Over Fake Versailles Chairs
Laurent Kraemer, head of Paris’s esteemed Kraemer Gallery, has been arrested due to an alleged forgery of 4 late Rococo-era chairs. Kraemer and his partner, Bill Pallot, a specialist in historical chairs, sold the chairs to Versailles in 2009, claiming they were Louis Delanois originals. It is suspected that at least 2 of the chairs may be copies. Full Story Here →
14,000-Year-Old Cave Paintings Discovered in Spain
Archaeologists in Spain have discovered a number of Paleolithic-era paintings in the Basque Country’s Atxurra Cave in northern Spain. Around 70 animal paintings were discovered in the cave nearly 1,000 feet underground. Charcoal and flint tools were also found scattered throughout the same area. The cave is not open to the public due to its depth and general level of danger, but their are plans in place to create 3D versions of the animal drawings to public viewing. Full Story Here →
Fire Outside The Louvre
On June 6, a fire erupted on the street outside The Louvre Museum. At the time of the blaze, the museum was closed due to flash floods in the surrounding area. Most of the artworks in the museum had been moved to a safe location to ensure they didn’t get water damage from the flooding, so there was little danger that any of artworks would be destroyed by the fire. The blaze was believed to have been started by a pile of rubbish left outside following the recent floods. Full Story Here →
Banksy Leaves A Suprise For British Primary School
Banksy has left a suprise mural on the walls of a Bristol primary school after they named a classroom after him. The mural was discovered along with a letter from the artist himself saying, “It’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission”. The school has no plans to sell the artwork and plans to preserve it on the wall for years to come. Full Story Here →
Gnome Sculptures Stolen From Florida Museum
A gnome sculpture, valued at $5000, has been taken from the Cornell Art Museum in Florida. The sculpture was on display outside the museum. The artist, Sam Tufnell, said the theft has broken his trust in the public. The gnome was part of a series of 13 others, which have now been removed by the artist to implement anti-theft measures. Full Story Here →
Nine Basquiat’s from Johnny Depp’s Collection to be Sold at Christie’s London
Ahead of what is sure to be a costly divorce from his estranged wife, actor Johnny Depp is auctioning off 9 works from his collection by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The sale will be held on June 29 and 30 at King Street in London, as part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auctions this summer. In addition to these iconic works, pieces by Warhol, Richter, and Lichtenstein are headlining the sales, which are sure to be the most exciting presentations of contemporary art that Christie’s has seen in a long time. Full Story Here →
These are just some of the many news stories that caught our eye this past week. For more stories as-they-happen, be sure to also follow our Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for our newsletter for news about Agora Gallery, our exhibitions, and our artists!
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