Monday, February 16, 2015

Our Newsletter for February 15, 2015 - USPS, Rockefeller And Picasso, Rembrandt exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci, Islamic Imagery, Discovering the Impressionists, Golden Age of Painting, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso’s Granddaughter, Frederic Remington,

US Postal Service Must Pay Artist $540,000 for Using His Art on Stamp

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an earlier decision against the United States Postal Service (USPS) that it must pay an artist $540,000 for the unauthorized reproduction of his artwork on a postal stamp. In its ruling dated February 4, the court said that "10 percent of $5.4 million in revenue (which was almost pure profit) was a reasonable royalty for the United States to pay as damages for its unauthorized use of a distinctive copyrighted work on a postage stamp." More

Rockefeller And Picasso
Between 1955 and 1975, Nelson A. Rockefeller undertook an ambitious project: commissioning eighteen enormous tapestries modeled after some of Pablo Picasso’s most important paintings... more

Rembrandt exhibition in the Rijksmuseum (Photo: / Erik Smits)
King Willem-Alexander opened the Late Rembrandt exhibition in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Thursday morning. The major Rembrandt exhibition offers a good look at the late period work of the famous Dutch master. Visitors can see approximately 40 paintings and 60 drawings, all made in Amsterdam, all presented in the Philips wing... more

$170 Million Leonardo Da Vinci Seized from Swiss Bank Vault
Swiss authorities have seized a long-lost portrait attributed to Leonardo da Vinci from a bank vault in Lugano, Corriere della Sera reports. They followed orders of the Italian authorities, which claimed it had been illegally removed from Italy. The painting, which measures 61 x 46.5 centimeters, is valued between €120–150 million... more

FBI Secretly Monitors American Artist Molly Crabapple Over Islamic Imagery

Molly Crabapple (born September 13, 1983) is an American artist, writer and entrepreneur. Born in Far Rockaway, New York. She learned Arabic and traveled to Turkey and Turkish Kurdistan. Near the Syrian border, she was imprisoned for a short period after she was found drawing in her notebook inside a mosque. Her impressions of the artistry and culture of the Ottoman Empire in the Near East would come to influence her style and work... More

She has reported from Guantanamo Bay  and at the site of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. For her latest installment, her second illustrated story on Raqqa for Vanity Fair, she created illustrations based on photographs taken by someone there—an unidentified Syrian who traveled to Mosul, Iraq to take the photographs. Crabapple then transformed the images and descriptions into harrowing sketches... more

Beaulieu - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Philadelphia Museum of Art - June 24, 2015 - September 13, 2015
Discovering the Impressionists, the critical years from 1865 to 1905. A vital figure in the rise of Impressionism is Paul Durand-Ruel (1831–1922), a practical, ambitious, and visionary Parisian art dealer. Durand-Ruel both inspired and sustained artists like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas. Important works by these artists and others will be shown with historical photographs and documents to explore this period.

Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe - February 15 – April 26, 2015. 60 at Huntsville Museum of Art. Paintings of the 17th and early 18th centuries... more

£30 million Rembrandt painting proved genuine by scientists is revealed to public at abbey.  Hanging in a glass case which allows admirers to see the signature on its back, the origin of the newly-declared self-portrait – valued at £30 million and once owned by the Princes of Lichtenstein – has been debated since the 1960s. The most recent bid to name its maker took eight months, concluding last June when it was declared a genuine Rembrandt at Buckland Estate in Yelverton... more

‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec’ at New York’s MoMA
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) brought the language of the late-19th-century avant-garde to a broad public through his famous posters, prints, and illustrations for journals and magazines. His pictures of revellers, performers, prostitutes and other members of the Parisian demimonde are acutely observed. In the exhibition, ‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec’, at MoMA in New York, the musium capitalises on its own extensive collection, and builds up a colourful portrait of the city and its society... more

A painting by Pablo Picasso hangs in the living room of his granddaughter Marina Picasso. Credit
Bertrand Rieger/Hemis-fr
Picasso’s Granddaughter Plans to Sell Art, Worrying the Market
Now 64, Ms. Picasso acknowledges that she is expanding her rebellion by preparing to sell off many of his artworks to finance and broaden her philanthropy — aid for a pediatric hospital in Vietnam and projects in France and Switzerland benefiting the elderly and troubled teenagers... The New York Times Company

Frederic S. Remington (1861–1909) - The Cowboy, 1902 - Oil on canvas
Although they were contemporaries, Frederic Remington (1861–1909) andCharles M. Russell (1864–1926) could hardly have been more different. This focused exhibition of paintings and sculptures selected from the Amon Carter’s extensive collection offers visitors an opportunity to gain insight into dissimilarities between the two artists. - See more at: Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Rembrandt van Rijn’s work from 1650 -1669 takes us from a man in the prime of his existence and peak of his career, to the considerably more dilapidated version, fallen from fame and in the throes of sickness, anticipating eventual death from unknown causes aged 63. His self-portraits attempt to track his demise, and his self-understanding... More by Alice Jaffe at The Oxford Student