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The Art Institute of Chicago announced yesterday that the Gauguin ceramic sculpture “The Faun” which has been on display for about a decade is infact a forgery by Shaun Greenhalgh who is part of a larger family of forgers that has been under investigation by Scotland Yard for some time.
The Museum purchased the sculpture form a private dealer in London, who in turn bought it from a Sotheby’s auction in 1994.
Shaun Greenhalgh received a prison sentence of 4 years and 8 months last month. His mother, Olive, 83, was given a 12-month suspended sentence. The father, George, 84, broker of all the forged objects, had a deferred sentence pending medical reports.
For 17 years, the family carried on one of the most sophisticated forgery operations in modern history, faking scores of objects including antiquities, watercolors, paintings and modern sculpture, authorities said. Many of the pieces were copies of ancient objects or artworks thought to be lost.
UPDATE The Art Newspaper has published that the purchase price of the sculpture that the Art Institute would not like to declare was $125,000. The London dealer that sold it to the Institute bought the piece in 1994 for £20,700 or $42,382. Making a profit of $82,618 on the transaction.
New Zealand artist Makoure Scott paid $200,000 for a seat on the inaugural flight of Virgin Galactic.
Scott is expected to be the first professional artist to draw in space.
Scott is a painter and environmental artist who incorporates elements of Maori and Pakeha cultures in his sculptures and paintings.
He paints using materials such as sand, stone and tree gums from the area to emphasize his organic connection to the land. He has exhibited around the world.
Virgin Galactic plans a number of flights out of a spaceport in New Mexico. They will go into suborbital space, about 100 kilometers above the Earth.
Participants will experience weightlessness — and Scott is hoping to draw while weightless.
Scott has gone for early training for the flight with Virgin Galactic and learned his spacesuit will have to be modified to allow for more hand movement so he can draw.
Read more here: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
It’s that time of the year again. With only a few weeks before the Iowa primary the canadates are unleashing the full force of all that money they have been saving up for national attack ads.
This I am sure is just the first of many.
After almost 3 years of operation Chicago gallery 40000 is closing its doors starting December, 29th 2007. Below is the press release giving the details.
Sometime in the last couple of weeks the participant list was released for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Wouldn’t you know it a couple of great Chicago oriented Artists are on the list!!! Our heart felt congratulations go out to Melanie Schiff and Amanda Ross-Ho!!! Please see the full list here.