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COLLECTIBLE CUTS. Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa is back from a 12 day space trip and has said he plans to invest in space-related companies, according to Associated press. Seen from space, the Earth is “100 times more beautiful” than in any photo, he said. the PA also followed the recent deal that the hedge-funder Michael steinhardt reached with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to return 180 looted antiquities. A 2,800-year-old inscription from the Kingdom of Moab that Steinhardt loaned to Israel Museum, and that the DA did not indicate in the agreement, “Is of uncertain provenance”, according to the news agency. The museum said it “consistently follows applicable regulations” for such loans. And the Art journal examined the controversial creation newly opened Shepparton Art Museum in Australia, stimulated by a donation from collectors Carrillo and Ziyin Gantner. This donation came with what Carrillo called “two simple and very harsh conditions.”
THE MYSTERIES OF HISTORY. A painting that the art historian Christophe wright bought as a copy of a Sir Anthony van Dyck portrait over 50 years ago for just £ 65 may have been made in the 17th-century artist’s studio, according to a report from London’s Courtauld Art Institute. The Guardian to the story. Wright now assesses the work’s value at around £ 40,000 (around $ 54,400). Across the Channel, a Bernhard Strigel panel which was found during the inventory of a house in Toulouse, France, and identified as the missing part of a Strigel acquired by the Louvre Abu Dhabi In 2008, will hit the block in this French city in February via the Artpaugée House auction house, the Art journal reported. His low estimate is € 600,000, or about $ 681,000.
INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING. The “first great museum of contemporary art” in Uruguay, the Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art, at arrived in Punta del Este, Variety reported. Meanwhile, the New York Times examined how the Greek government and foundations Athens positioning as a center of contemporary art.
The artist’s legal guardian Pierre Max, living with dementia, filed a defamation complaint against her daughter, Max Balance, who alleged that her father was abused under the Guardianship Agreement. Libra Max’s lawyer called this an attempt to “silence her”. The artist’s son said the tutor was providing “excellent care”. [New York Post]
the Saint-Louis Art Museum in Missouri is the latest arts institution to temporarily close due to staff members infected with the coronavirus. It plans to reopen on January 1. [KSDK]
Some residents of Toddington, England criticize Damien hirst for failing to follow through on his stated plan to renovate a sprawling 19th-century mansion he bought there in 2003. So far, scaffolding surrounds the structure, which one politician has described as “the most great white elephant I have ever seen “. [The Guardian]
Petroglyphs in Big Bend National Park in Texas, which are believed to be at least 4,000 years old, have been damaged by people writing what appear to be their names on it. A park official said it would not be possible to fully restore the parts. [CNN]
Curators, prepare your CVs. Dana Friis-Hansen, the director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan since 2011, announced it would step down in early 2023. [Press Release/The Rapidian]
ONE MORE COLLECTOR’S OBJECT. In the New York Times, journalist Jacob Bernstein profiled investor Ron Perelman, who sold works of art from his collection during the pandemic (for Miró, Matisse, and others), as actions of the beauty company Revlon that it largely owns has lost value. Bernstein asked Perelman about the perception, offered by anonymous sources, that he “used to try to get a good deal on everything”, so he bought “good paintings by great artists.” . . while missing masterpieces. Response from Perelman: “Maybe there is something in there. But I never had anything on my walls that I didn’t really like. [NYT]