Art

On this day: Diego Rivera dies

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

Born in 1886, the Mexican painter and muralist is perhaps now remembered most for his tempestuous marriage to Frida Kahlo and his passionate support of communism.

A precocious artistic talent, he was sent to a specialist academy in Mexico City at just ten-years-old, and later studied in Madrid and France, where he mixed with an elite circle that included Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Amedeo Modigliani.

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Actors agree West Bank settlement pact

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 18, 2010

Israeli theatre companies will play at the new concert hall in the settlement of Ariel while allowing individual actors not to perform.

This was the uneasy agreement reached between the theatre industry and the Culture Ministry following a dispute which included threats of boycotts and a curtailment of funding.

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Art buried since Holocaust to go on show

By Jennifer Lipman, November 8, 2010

Several pieces of artwork considered as “deviant” by the Nazis have been unearthed in Berlin.

The 11 sculptures, discovered when a construction team began digging a new railway line in the German capital, were thought to have been destroyed after the Holocaust.

But the terracotta and bronze statues, including one of a mother with her child and another of a woman stretching, were hidden underneath the site of a building destroyed in a fire in 1944.

The pieces were part of a collection of 15,000 artworks deemed to go against Nazi ideology or to contain degenerate sexual elements.

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Life-size Sharon on show in Tel Aviv gallery

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2010

Nearly five years after he went into a coma Ariel Sharon is to be immortalised in a Tel Aviv art gallery.

A life-size sculpture of the former Israeli prime minister, who suffered a stroke in January 2005, will go on display in a Tel Aviv art gallery.

The war hero and politician, who climbed the political ladder as a member of Likud but in 2005 founded the centrist Kadima party, has been unconscious ever since his stroke.

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Chagall painting sets new Asian record

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2010

A painting by Jewish artist Marc Chagall has been sold in Hong Kong for an unprecedented sum.

The 1969 masterpiece Bestiaire et Musique was auctioned for £2.7 million to an unnamed buyer.

Although modest in comparison with global art sales – a Modigliani sculpture went for £35.8m in June - the bid set a new record in the Asian art world.

The impressionist work, of a bride and a fiddler floating in a night sky, is typical of the modernist painter’s recognisable style.

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Ben Uri buys Holocaust horror art

August 26, 2010

A jubilant Ben Uri Gallery was celebrating its latest acquisition this week: an important work by the distinguished German artist George Grosz, which in brutal clarity shows the horrors of the Second World War.

Grosz, who was not Jewish, and died in 1959, painted Interrogation - a man being tortured by Nazi soldiers - between 1936 and 1939, following his emigration to the USA in 1933.

There are only 15 examples of Grosz's work on public view in the UK, just six of which are in London.

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£100m claim for Klimt and Schiele artwork

By Jessica Elgot, August 19, 2010

A British man has found himself at the forefront of a £100m Holocaust restitution claim for a vast collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.

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Spencer Tunick plans nude photo in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2010

An artist famous for photographing large crowds in the nude is hoping to take his show to a new low - the Dead Sea.

Spencer Tunick wants to stage the unusual event there to draw attention to the environmental threat of receding waters.

Mr Tunick, who is Jewish and whose father and grandmother live in Israel, originally applied in March for permission to shoot at the Tel Aviv port.

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Row over Jacob and Sons church paintings

By Simon Rocker, July 30, 2010

An MP is lobbying the Church of England to prevent the sale of historic paintings linked to the emancipation of Jews in Britain.

For more than 250 years, pictures of Jacob and his Twelve Sons, by the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran, have hung at Auckland Castle, the official residence of the Bishop of Durham.

But Helen Goodman, the Labour MP for Bishop Auckland, is worried about their long-term future.

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Hungarian government sued over Nazi art theft

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2010

The family of a Jewish banker whose art collection, valued at more than £60 million, was allegedly looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust has filed a lawsuit against the Hungarian government.

The heirs of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog are demanding the return of more than 40 valuable paintings and sculptures by artists including Monet and Velasquez.

After it was stolen the collection came into the possession of the Hungarian government and much of it is now on display in the country’s art galleries.

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