Sotheby’s is auctioning Bernie Medoff’s art collection this Fall, it has just been revealed. Madoff, who orchestrated a Ponzi scheme believed to be the largest financial fraud in US history, is now giving financial advice in his North Carolina prison.
“It’s a fairly lackluster group,” a New York-based art appraiser told Bloomberg, “If you think about the amount of money this man had, he could have been buying fabulous paintings.”
Henri Matisse, photographed in 1944 in Vence, France, by one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Happy birthday Henri Matisse! The famous French artist was born on this day in 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France. One of the most prominent 20th-century artists, Matisse is best known as a founding member of the Fauvist movement, and for his modernist innovations in painting, sculpture, and his original cut-out papier découpés.
Stolen Matisse Found In Miami
A 1925 painting by Henri Matisse, stolen more than ten years ago from a Venezuelan museum, has been recovered by FBI agents.
A couple tried to sell Matisse’s Odalisque à la culotte rouge, valued at approximately US$3 million, to undercover FBI agents posing as art collectors.
The masterpiece was on view at the Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum in Caracas, Venezuela, when it was discovered to be a fake in 2003. The work had been on tour to other museums several years before and at some point been switched with a forgery.
"There had to be inside complicity. You can’t just make the switch freely inside the museum", said director of Caracas Museum, Rita Salvestrini.
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Picasso & Matisse at The DIA
The Detroit Institute Of Art is opening an exhibition today which explores the stylistic progression and artistic range of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, with more than 100 prints and drawings from the museum’s collection.
Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings runs through January 6, 2013, and is free with museum admission.
Matisse’s La Gerbe at LACMA
Henri Matisse's comissioned ceramic piece, La Gerbe (The Sheaf), is now on view as part of LACMA’s permanent collection.
After a couple rejected ideas, the final ceramic piece was shipped to Los Angeles shortly after the Matisse died in November 1954.
Visiting the New Barnes Foundation
60 Matisses, 44 Picassos, 14 Modiglianis, 181 Renoirs, and I don’t know how many great Cezannes…
First Jerry Saltz glowingly reviewed the new Barnes Foundation last week, and now Linda Yablonsky shares her thoughts on the controversial new location: “Fabulosity in a box—that is the new Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.”