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  • Antiquities Dealer Sentenced to Prison

    Frederick Schultz, a prominent Manhattan-based antiquities dealer, has been sentenced to thirty-three months in federal prison for his participation in an international scheme to sell ancient objects stolen from Egypt.

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  • Performance Artist Severs Finger in Act of Protest

    In another high-profile stunt, French performance artist Pierre Pinoncelli—who shocked the city of Nimes in 1993 when he urinated in Marcel Duchamp's Fountain—severed his own finger with an ax in Cali, Colombia, in protest of a recent kidnapping by the country's Revolutionary Armed Forces.

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  • Holly Solomon Dies at Sixty-eight

    Gallerist Holly Solomon died Thursday, at the age of sixty-eight. An early devotee of Pop art and a presence on the SoHo art scene from its beginnings, “She was an original, as strong a personality as any of her artists,” in the words of artist William Wegman. “Her death, like Warhol's, leaves a gap.”

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  • Modeling for Freud

    Lucian Freud, whose retrospective at Tate Britain opens on June 20, has been called ruthless and misogynistic by some on account of his unflattering portraits, but what is it really like to be a Freud model?

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  • Art Book Publisher Paul Gottlieb Dies at Sixty-seven

    Paul Gottlieb, publisher and editor in chief of Harry N. Abrams, died Wednesday at the age of sixty-seven. The highlights of Gottlieb’s twenty-two-year tenure included his celebrated discovery and publication of two previously unknown troves of art: Andrew Wyeth’s “Helga Pictures” and the Hermitage’s collection of Impressionist paintings looted a half century earlier from Nazi Germany.

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  • Heated Race for ICA Post

    Television executive Alan Yentob and former newspaper editor Rosie Boycott are the leading candidates to succeed Ivan Massow as the chair of London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. The controversial Massow, who notoriously dubbed much of YBA art “pretentious, self-indulgent, craftless tat that I wouldn't accept even as a gift,” was asked to resign last year.

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  • Bridging Old and New in Düsseldorf

    Düsseldorf’s Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has inaugurated its new museum, housed in a nineteenth-century palace but devoted to art of this century, with a retrospective of Katharina Fritsch.

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  • British Museum Staff to Strike

    In protest of the institution’s plans to cut 150 jobs to cover a £5 million budget shortfall, the employees of the British Museum voted today in favor of a one-day strike on June 17.

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  • COLA Goes Pop

    Just a few blocks from MoCA’s Andy Warhol retrospective, a heavily Pop-inflected exhibition featuring this year’s recipients of the City of Los Angeles (COLA) artist fellowships makes clear that the art provocateur’s vision is still very much of the moment.

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  • Simon Says

    Historian and art historian Simon Schama remarks on Rembrandt’s Amsterdam, the consequences of empire, and history’s most beautiful women.

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