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U.S. Sends Back 30 Artifacts ‘Ripped from’ Cambodia by Antiquities Dealer Douglas Latchford

Click here to read the full article. The U.S. has sent back to Cambodia 30 artifacts that were allegedly stolen by Douglas Latchford, a late antiquities dealer who has been accused of leading a network that trafficked in objects that were looted from the country. Among the objects that were officially returned to Cambodia this week was a 10th-century sculpture of the Hindu god Skanda atop a peacock. Deeming the work a “masterpiece,” New York authorities alleged that Latchford had stolen the sculpture in 1997 and subsequently sold it for $1.5 million. The Skanda sculpture had come from the ancient Khmer capital...
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Tate Reaches Six-Figure Settlement with Artists in Lawsuit Over Discrimination Allegations

Click here to read the full article. The Tate in London has reached a settlement agreement involving three artists who sued the British museum for breach of contract and discrimination earlier this year. The resolution, which was first reported by the Guardian this week, will see a six-figure sum paid out to the artists. The settlement follows allegations that the institution had acted illegally when it barred an outside curator from working with the artist Jade Montserrat. In 2017, Montserrat publicly accused the art dealer and Tate benefactor Anthony d’Offay of sexual misconduct and racist behavior during the course of a...
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London Museum to Return Ownership of 12 Benin Bronzes in Long-Awaited Repatriation

Click here to read the full article. London’s Horniman Museum and Gardens said last week that it would return to Nigeria ownership of 12 plaques from the Benin Bronzes, a cache of objects seized from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897 by British soldiers. The museum said it was transferring ownership of these Benin Bronzes, plus 60 other objects that include an altar piece and brass bells, to Nigeria. However, it did not provide details about when—or whether—the objects themselves would be repatriated. In many circles, the Benin Bronzes have been considered painful symbols of a colonial conquest. The objects made their...
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Memphis Brooks Hires LACMA Deputy as Director, Martha Stewart Interviews Ai Weiwei, and More: Morning Links for July 27, 2022

Click here to read the full article. To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines THE MUSEUM-LEADERSHIP NEWS DOES NOT QUIT. Last week, the Met said its director, Max Hollein, will add chief executive to his title. Now, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has named its next director, the Commercial Appeal reports. She is Zoe Kahr, who is currently the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ’s deputy director for curatorial and planning. Kahr takes the place of Emily Ballew Neff, who stepped down last year and now runs the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas. She will be tasked with overseeing the institution’s move to a new Downtown locale, a project...
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Uffizi Launches $51 M. Project to Safeguard Boboli Gardens Against Climate Change

Click here to read the full article. The Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy, has unveiled plans for a €50 million ($51 million) landscaping project that aims to safeguard its beloved Boboli Gardens against the effects of climate change. Dubbed “Boboli 2030” the redesign plan will be carried out across 40 separate projects, some of which will also upgrade the gardens’ energy efficiency. The sprawling garden park, a vast section of the Uffizi Galleries’s campus that is located behind the Pitti Palace, was installed by the Medici family in the 16th century. The grounds include fountains, frescoed grottos, and around 300 classical statues. The museum...
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Italian Police Seize Modigliani and Picasso Works Belonging to Architect of ‘Putin’s Palace’

Click here to read the full article. Italian authorities seized artworks and other valuable properties from Lanfranco Cirillo, the architect who designed what is dubbed “Putin’s Palace.” The enormous luxury property on the Black Sea allegedly belongs to Putin, though he and Cirillo have both denied that. The Art Newspaper reported that authorities confiscated $144 million worth of valuable assets such as jewelry and cash, as well as 150 pieces of art, including works by Modigliani and Picasso. Cirillo has been accused of various offenses, owing some 50 million euros ($51 million) in taxes. He is also being investigated for money laundering....
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Maya Lin, Star Architect Who Created D.C. Vietnam Memorial, Will Create Public Art for Obama Presidential Center

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John Waters Gifts to Go on View at Baltimore Museum, Uffizi Plans $51.1 M. Boboli Gardens Project: Morning Links for August 5, 2022

Click here to read the full article. To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines GARDEN PARADISES. It has been a big week for art and parks! The Storm King Art Center in New York just announced a $45 million upgrade of its grounds, and now the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy, has said it will spend €50 million (about $51.1 million) to renovate its glorious Boboli Gardens, according to the Art Newspaper . “Our objective is not only to return the Boboli to the glories of the times of the Medici and the Lorena dynasties, but to go further, making it the best open museum in the world,” the museum’s...
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Famed African American Quilters From Gee’s Bend Are Reproducing Their Colorful Masterpieces for Macy’s

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Takahiko Iimura, Pioneering Video Artist and Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 85

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Storm King Plans $45 M. Upgrade, Met Director Max Hollein to Add CEO Title, and More: Morning Links for August 4, 2022

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As Tensions Rise with China, Nancy Pelosi Concludes Historic Trip to Taiwan at Taipei’s National Human Rights Museum

Click here to read the full article. U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi concluded her controversial visit to Taiwan by going to the National Human Rights Museum in Taipei, where she met with prominent human rights advocates who were once persecuted by China. After weeks of intense buildup, Pelosi’s trip lasted less than one day, but it has already inflamed tensions between China and the island democracy, which Beijing claims as its own. After meeting with Taiwanese lawmakers and Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, to whom she offered assurances of United States support for Taiwan’s self-governance, Pelosi travelled to the museum....
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