Art

Rare art 'must be returned'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The British Library has been told to return an estimated £200,000 worth of Nazi-stolen art after fresh claims by Jewish heirs.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has upheld the recommendation of the government's Spoliation Advisory Panel, which, in newly published reports, calls for returning of rare works as the "fair and just resolution".

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Latex doll images inflate the appeal of V&A photographer

By Charlotte Oliver, May 29, 2014

Laurie Simmons has an impressive doll collection, albeit one that might unsettle your average Barbie fan. Miniature figurines, ventriloquist dummies, mannequins — and one uncannily realistic Japanese sex doll — populate the photographer’s Brooklyn studio, all having once come to life in front of her camera lens.

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A touch of glass brings creative fulfilment

By Charlotte Oliver, May 9, 2014

Peter Layton has worked up something of a sweat over the course of his long career. But that is not surprising given that he handles molten glass at temperatures exceeding 700 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Chicken dance by South African Jewish artist ruffles French feathers

By Daniel Easterman, May 8, 2014

A South African artist was found guilty of “sexual exhibitionism” by a Paris court after he danced in public with a live cockerel attached to his penis.

The court was not able to hand down any fine or punishment to 51-year-old Steven Cohen as no formal complaint was made against him by onlookers — which included a group of nuns — and he did not engage in any public sexual acts.

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Nazi-looted art collector dies aged 81

By Charlotte Oliver, May 6, 2014

German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt, who famously hoarded thousands of Nazi-looted paintings in his Munich apartment, died today at the age of 81.

According to his spokesperson Stephan Holzinger, the collector died following major heart surgery. He had been receiving “around the clock care” at his home in recent weeks.

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Judge ends battle of tycoons

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2014

Russian-Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak has lost a fresh claim in the British courts against tycoon Lev Leviev over a Angolan diamond deal worth more than a billion pounds.
High Court judge Mr Justice Mann granted an application from Mr Leviev, who is also of Russian-Israeli background, to strike out the case nearly two years after a previous court judgment.

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Cancer victim honoured

By Rosa Doherty, April 24, 2014

A family has raised £300,000 for a new cancer unit named in memory of their son who died from the disease at the age of 19.
Rob's Day Unit was opened as part of a new £12 million Young Oncology Unit at The Christie hospital in Manchester.

Robert Broude was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was only 17 years old.

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Scottish gallery cancels Israel embassy sponsorship cash

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

A Scottish art gallery has cancelled the Israeli embassy’s sponsorship of an exhibition after anti-Israel activists threatened to mount a 90-day protest.

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William Hague pledges to push Poland on Holocaust restitution

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Britain will push Poland to introduce laws on Holocaust restitution, Foreign Secretary William Hague has promised.

The pledge came in a letter responding to dozens of British parliamentarians who had urged Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take restitution more seriously.

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Families fail in bid to reclaim £165m treasures

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A panel of German legal experts has ruled that medieval artefacts worth £165 million should not be returned to three Jewish families.

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