Artist's pro-Israel challenge

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

An Israeli artist's final degree show, which explored the anti-Zionism which she had encountered at her UK university, drew thousands of visitors and offers of exhibitions in London.


Lesbian couple banned at Gertrude Stein show

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

The San Francisco Jewish Museum has cautioned a security guard after he refused to allow two women to hold hands at an exhibition of the work of prominent lesbian artist Gertrude Stein.

The couple was reprimanded by the guard, who told them they could not hold hands.


Arts of gold benefit Israel

By Julia Weiner, July 7, 2011

Sculptor Rebecca Warren helped fashion a £30,000 profit for the annual Women in Art lunch organised by the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel.

The former Turner Prize nominee discussed her career with Clarrie Wallis, curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, before more than 150 guests at Chelsea College of Art.


Schiele painting sold to fund Holocaust compensation payout

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

An Austrian art gallery has sold a painting by Egon Schiele for a record amount in order to fund a compensation payout to the owners of another of the artist's works which was looted by the Nazis in the 1930s.

The painting Houses with colorful laundry (Suburb II), completed in 1914, fetched almost £25 million at a Sotheby's sale this week. The buyer was not named.


Israeli art scholar Moti Omer mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The director of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has died at the age of 70.

Professor Mordechai Omer, known as Moti, was diagnosed with cancer six months ago.

Prof Omer, who was also the museum's curator, was a member of the international advisory board of the Ben Uri Gallery and the founder of the Tel Aviv University Art Gallery.


Arab art gallery is planned

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

An Israeli-Arab museum director has called on British Jews to help him with a four-year £18m plan to build the first Arab museum of modern art in the Middle East.

Said Abu Shakra, a former Israeli police officer, founded the Um al-Fahm gallery in the Arab town in the north of Israel in 1996. It drew international media attention after securing an exhibition by Yoko Ono in 1999.


He 'lost' £39,000 rather than see Hitler celebrated

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

A cast-iron bust of Adolf Hitler, hidden in a Yorkshire attic for 60 years, has been donated to Yad Vashem after celebrity antique dealer Andrew Lamberty bought it for £1,000.

But the sinister bronze head, found by British troops during the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, would have been worth £40,000 if Mr Lamberty had decided to sell it on the open market.


Funding plea for Spencer Tunick's Naked Sea Israel project

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Artist Spencer Tunick has launched an online appeal for sponsorship and support so he can carry out his planned "Naked Sea" installation project at Israel's Dead Sea.

Mr Tunick, known around the world for photographing of large groups of nude figures at popular locations including Caracas, Sydney and the Swiss Alps, said he hoped to raise £36,000 by June 6.


Museum sells Schiele work to fund restitution payout

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

An Austrian art gallery has announced plans to auction a valuable Egon Schiele work in order to settle its debt from a lengthy legal battle over another of the artist's works which was looted from its Jewish owner by the Nazis.


Thousands of Holocaust documents go online

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

A new online database will make it easier to find out what happened to the thousands of artworks pillaged by the Nazis after Hitler's rise to power in 1933.

It is one of several initiatives in aid of Holocaust research that were announced this week in the wake of Yom Hashoah on Sunday.