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Kid Trips Into $1.5M Painting

The only Paolo Porpora artwork that's signed now has a fist-size hole in it

(Newser) - Elsewhere in the world, terrorists threaten art and antiquities , but in Taiwan tween boys holding beverages are the threat. A 12-year-old taking a guided tour with his mom at an art exhibit in Taipei lived out what was probably his (and his mother's) worst nightmare when he tripped next... More »

The Unhappiest Place on Earth: Banksy's Dismaland

Artist calls his creation 'a festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism'

(Newser) - Cinderella's carriage has crashed, she and the horses are dead, and the paparazzi are hovering over their bodies, snapping away. That's just one attraction in Dismaland , the new Banksy art show in the English resort town of Weston-super-Mare, the Guardian reports. Nearly 60 artists built what Banksy calls... More »

New Video Could Crack One of World's Great Art Heists

$5M reward for 13 priceless artworks stolen from Boston museum 25 years ago

(Newser) - The FBI hopes new surveillance footage released today will aid in the recovery of 13 priceless artworks stolen 25 years ago and help put to rest one of Boston's greatest mysteries. In the early hours of March 18, 1990, two men dressed as cops were let into the Gardner... More »

At Long-Dead Artist's Home, a 'Once-in-a-Century' Find

Art experts find unknown Thomas Cole murals, painted around 1836

(Newser) - Art experts working at the summer home and gallery of 19th-century American artist Thomas Cole simply wanted to figure out the original color of the walls. Instead, paint analyst Matthew Mosca uncovered an incredible find: previously unknown friezes on the original plaster of the Catskill, NY, farmhouse, hidden behind layers... More »

Hitler's Long-Lost Bronze Horses Are Found

They once stood outside his chancellery in Berlin

(Newser) - Two life-size bronze horses commissioned to stand outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery disappeared from their last known location in Germany in 1989. Some 25 years later, the masterpieces have been discovered in an illegal art bust, the Local reports. After a year-long investigation, authorities conducting 10 raids across Germany yesterday... More »

New Mission in Iraq, Syria: Save Ancient Treasures From ISIS

Precious antiquities being destroyed by militants

(Newser) - ISIS militants have trashed museum pieces in Mosul with sledgehammers, bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, and yesterday destroyed the Hatra ruins in Iraq, reports the BBC . But while the New York Times catalogs everything that antiquities ministers and workers are doing to stave off the annihilation of some... More »

Van Gogh's Reds Aren't What They Used to Be

Researchers find 'missing link' explaining changing colors

(Newser) - Look at a Van Gogh painting today, and you're not quite getting the full effect. Reports in 2013, as cited in the Guardian , revealed that the paintings were fading; studies have found yellows are turning brown. The color red is also posing a problem in works like Wheat Stack ... More »

How Banksy Sneaked Into the Gaza Strip

Local resident reports meeting male artist in his 30s

(Newser) - The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip, and a publicist has confirmed to the AP that the artist reached the area through a tunnel; apparently, he sneaked in from Egypt. Local residents were skeptical about this account since Egypt has stepped... More »

Jewish Heirs Sue Germany for Art Trove Sold to Nazis

US filing says pressure led to unfair sale of Welfenschatz in 1935

(Newser) - In 1935, not long after Adolf Hitler rose to power, Jewish art dealers sold a major collection of medieval treasure to the state of Prussia in Germany. The collection of gold and jewels known as the Welfenschatz contains pieces that date back some 800 years; it's considered Germany's... More »

For $10, Ink Your Name on This Artist

Illma Gore calls the crowdsourced installation a 'piece of unsellable artwork'

(Newser) - A 22-year-old California artist whose love of tattoos is instantly obvious (she estimates she has 47) is just a few days into a brash GoFundMe campaign: to become her very own crowdsourced art installation. For $10, people can get their name or one to two words of their choosing tattooed... More »

Warhol Bidding Is Behind 2014's $16B in Art Sales

Collectors paid more than $650M for Andy Warhol works alone

(Newser) - As it stands, the estimated $16 billion in art sales in 2014 is the second-highest in history, close on the heels of the $16.3 billion record set in 2011. And a sizable chunk is attributed to fierce competition among billionaires for works by Andy Warhol, 1,295 of which... More »

Louvre Spending $67M to Keep You From Getting Lost

President plans to make museum more accessible to everyone

(Newser) - Ever waited in a two-and-a-half-hour line at the world's most-visited museum? Its own president has, when he tried visiting the Louvre as a tourist, the New York Times reports. Now, Jean-Luc Martinez is working to make the museum more visitor-friendly—and tougher to get lost in. He's reorganizing... More »

Vast Trove of Nazi Art Headed to Swiss Museum

But will go through Gurlitt collection, return any pieces that were looted

(Newser) - A Swiss museum today confirmed that it will accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, but it said it will work with German officials to ensure any pieces looted by the Nazis from Jewish owners are returned. German authorities seized 1,280... More »

Museum Ready to Take $1.3B in Nazi-Looted Art

Swiss will help find owners of Gurlitt hoard

(Newser) - A small Swiss museum is ready to take on a huge collection of art looted by the Nazis—and the mammoth task of finding the rightful owners of the paintings. Insiders tell the Wall Street Journal that the Kunstmuseum Bern is preparing to accept the $1.3 billion collection of... More »

Set for Auction: Painting by Adolf Hitler

Town hall image could bring in $60K: auctioneer

(Newser) - A painting set for auction in Germany could bring in more than $60,000, though its artist isn't best known for his abilities with a brush. Adolf Hitler produced some 2,000 paintings between 1905 and 1920; he painted the "Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of... More »

Authors: Here's Why We Think Van Gogh Was Murdered

His wound likely wasn't self-inflicted: outside expert

(Newser) - Back in 2011, a pair of biographers argued that the accepted theory of Vincent Van Gogh's death may have been wrong. He didn't commit suicide, they suggested; instead, it was a local teen who killed him. Their theory was met with some serious pushback, but they stand behind... More »

Scientist Unlocks a da Vinci Secret

'The Lady with an Ermine' has 2 previous versions hidden beneath it

(Newser) - Among Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings is a portrait of a woman holding an ermine, but a new analysis shows there's a lot more to it than that. The portrait features Cecilia Gallerani, the mistress of the "white ermine," as da Vinci patron the Duke... More »

Art Exhibit Plans to Show Celebrities' Hacked Photos

Florida gallery insists it's about art, not exploitation

(Newser) - This exhibit isn't likely to get much A-list approval: Florida's Cory Allen Contemporary Art Showroom plans to include some of the recent hacked nude photos of celebrities as part of an art show titled "No Delete." The St. Petersburg gallery tells Fox News that the October... More »

This Carving May Prove Neanderthals Were Artists

Carving dates to 39K years ago; Neanderthals disappeared around that time

(Newser) - An ancient etching inside a cave in Gibraltar may mean that Neanderthals' knuckles weren't dragging quite as much as we believed, reports the BBC . The design suggests Neanderthals were capable of symbolic thinking, a trait once believed to be unique to modern humans, anthropologist Clive Finlayson of the Gibraltar... More »

iPad-Toting Tortoises: Art or Abuse?

Protesters want to block museum exhibit in Aspen

(Newser) - Tortoises Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer are supposed to walk around a museum opening Saturday in Aspen with iPads on their backs, but a petition hopes to stop the art installation in its very slow-moving tracks. "Animals are living creatures, not art supplies," wrote one... More »

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