Man picks fight with painting at the Milwaukee Museum of Art & loses

April 6, 2007 · Print This Article

22 Year old Pewaukee man on Wednesday suddenly attacked The Triumph of David by Ottavio Vannini (1640) after walking arround the museum for 3 and a half hours. He proceeded to kick the severed head of Goliath upside the face while the painting still hung on the wall and then rip it from its supports and begin kicking it on the floor. After detained by guards he proceeded to rip off his shirt and lay on the floor telling Police he was disturbed by the image of Goliath’s severed head.

The painting was on loan from the Haukohl Family Collection, considered the largest collection of 17th-century Florentine art in America.

According to a museum press release, the loan was made possible by Mark Fehrs Haukohl, a Milwaukee native and art collector who lives in Houston.

David Gordon, museum CEO and director said the museum’s insurance company was contacted, and the painting will be examined by conservators to determine what to do with it. Early indications are that it may be repairable.

Art Price puts out annual market report

April 5, 2007 · Print This Article

Art Price the world leader in art market data collection and services have released their 2006 year in review for sales and trends. You can read it in PDF format here.

You can read a short summary below the fold.
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Detroit art gallery wins Van Gogh case

April 3, 2007 · Print This Article


DETROIT — A family that claimed a Vincent van Gogh painting at a Detroit museum rightfully belonged to them since it was sold during the Nazi era lost their case because they waited too long to sue.

Martha Nathan, a member of a notable banking family who emigrated from Germany to France in 1937 to escape Nazi persecution, sold the Van Gogh to a consortium of three Jewish art dealers in Paris in 1938 for $9,360. One of the dealers sold the picture for $34,000 in 1941 to Detroit art collector Robert Tannahill.

The Detroit Institute of Arts received the painting, called “Les Becheurs,” as a bequest from Tannahill in 1969.

In 2004, Nathan’s relatives sought to claim the painting. In an order released Saturday, U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood cited the expiration of Michigan’s statute of limitations and dismissed the claims.

A parallel dispute between Nathan’s heirs and the Toledo Museum of Art over a Gauguin painting was similarly dismissed by an Ohio judge in December.

“It’s tremendous relief,” Detroit Institute of Arts Director Graham Beal said. “You always fear the worst, and while we felt we had the strongest possible case, and we wouldn’t have taken our stand if we hadn’t felt so strongly, it’s still a great relief to know that this is finished.”

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Episode 83: Mary Leigh Cherry & PS1

April 1, 2007 · Print This Article

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This week Brian and Marc talk to Mary Leigh Cherry is co-owner of Cherry and Martin gallery in Los Angeles and works with the Artist Pension Trust.


Nathan Rogers-Madsen reviews PS-1!

Richard ends the show with a plea and a funny song.

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Chocolate Jesus……..what can you say that hasn’t been mumbled already.

March 31, 2007 · Print This Article

The Cosimo Cavallaro “Chocolate Jesus” front page art story has been kicked around like a confectionery political football since Wednesday. The religious side has spoken, as has the free speech cadre.

One makes allusions to the Mohammed cartoons while the other retorts with white vs black chocolate observations. I am more interested in what everyone else thinks about this more then the sum of the news itself. Since this is just the same type of front page story the fine art’s get year in and out just with different mediums or iconography each time.

While you are writing your POV listen to the even older Chocolate Jesus by Tom Waits.