Thursday, January 22, 2015

Art Newsletter for today, January 23, 2015. George Costakis, Rembrandt, Peter Max, Dürer, Sursock Museum, Dennis Koslowski, BURN WITH DESIRE, Vivian Maier, Italian art police

The antiquities were put on display by police at the Baths of Diocletian national museum in Rome
A record haul of 5,361 rare antiquities has been recovered after a lengthy inquiry into a Swiss-based trafficking ring, Italian art police say. The works, dating from the 8th Century BC to the 3rd Century AD, included vases, statues and frescoes and were valued at up to €50m (£38m). BBC

Vivian Maier Negatives Come to Canada -  Canadian Art
Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto acquired approximately 17,500 black-and-white negatives taken by the posthumously discovered street photographer,Vivian Maier,  from collector Jeffrey Goldstein. Goldstein made the offer to Bulger, believing the negatives would be safer across the border, fearing the seizure of his collection of negatives by Cook County, Illinois.
In her lifetime, Maier documented the streets of New York and Chicago on rolls upon rolls of film, leaving some 150,000 photographs at the time of her death in 2009...

January 21 – April 5, 2015
From Edward Steichen’s iconic portrait of silent film star Gloria Swanson (1924) to Annie Leibovitz’s influential gatefold covers for Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue (1995-2014), this multimedia exhibition offers a sweeping, yet considered view of photography’s role in defining glamour since the 1920s...
Burn With Desire is a thinking person’s look at the calculatedly vapid foibles of the celebrity machine, not to mention the clunky mechanics it employs to spew out its product..." Murray Whyte 

Former Tyco executive Dennis Koslowski who, in 2005, was charged with, among other things, avoiding sales tax on several paintings including a Monet and a Renoir. In 2006, he paid $21.2 million in a settlement agreement over the sales tax charges.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has recently embarked on another of its periodic investigations into galleries and private art dealers—and their clients—in connection with possible violations of New York State and City sales tax regulations.
With that in mind, here is what we would suggest if the DA's investigator knocks on your door...artnet

Beirut - Although the museum never once closed during the Civil War, it went from being a place that stimulated passionate debate to a place of cultural irrelevance. Now, after years of delays and setbacks and unforeseeable circumstances, the Sleeping Beauty of Lebanon’s art scene is about to awaken.

Dr. Garner has discovered that just beneath the surface of such famous Dürer masterpieces such as “Melencolia” and “The Apocalypse” are hidden embedded and encoded images demonstrating Dürer’s ingenious personal attacks on his powerful handlers and his efforts to counter and ultimately wholly subvert their nefarious  “holy war,” by ingeniously and swiftly sending his urgent and “secret” message to his chosen audience so that they may save themselves.

Artist Peter Max comes to Naples this month for a retrospective exhibition of some of his most revered paintings spanning four decades from his iconic pop art designs to his design of the cruise ship Breakaway. The Mercato in Naples hosts the exhibition. Saturday, January 24 from 6-9pm & Sunday, January 25 from noon to 3pm

Rembrandt self-portrait at DIA
Self-Portrait with Shaded Eyes features a 28-year-old Rembrandt wearing a fur coat and a beret that casts a shadow over his eyes. The painting wasn’t discovered until 1995, more than three centuries after it was created in 1634. It had been hidden under another portrait thought to be painted by one of Rembrandt’s students. In 1995, an X-ray revealed the signed Rembrandt self-portrait. 
The painting is on loan to the DIA as a "guest of honor" through Dec. 13. You'll find it on the third floor in the museum's outstanding gallery of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

The Man Who Bought a Chagall for Less Than a Pound of Potatoes
George Costakis must rank as one of the most amazing embassy workers who ever lived. His apartment on Prospekt Vernadskogo in the south of Moscow was an Aladdin's cave of avant-garde art, full of works by Kazimir Malevich, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky and many more — all bought on the salary of a humble embassy employee.
Costakis spent 35 years at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, building up a stunning collection of 20th century art, most of which he eventually donated to the State Tretyakov Gallery when he left the Soviet Union in 1977... THE MOSCOW TIMES