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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arts fellowship for historian Geoffrey Alderman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts

The academic and writer Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Professor Alderman, who lectures on history and politics at the University of Buckingham, first became an RSA fellow in 1991, when he joined the ranks of people ranging from Karl Marx to Nelson Mandela.

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Nuremberg trial man's niece reunited with looted art

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

The first two paintings in more than 160 works of art stolen by the Nazis from a single family, have been returned to the British family of Rudi Epstein, an interpreter at the Nuremberg trials.

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On this day: Marc Chagall dies

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

Visitors to his Jerusalem Windows cannot fail to be struck by the beauty and vibrancy of Jewish artist Marc Chagall’s designs, each featuring one featuring a different tribe of Israel. Bur the Russian born artist, who was 97 when he died, had a legacy that extended far beyond the Hadassah hospital in Israel.

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