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LA TIMES: Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’ Gives Getty a Bump in Attendance

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Getty Center in Los AngelesUPDATE:  The Getty Museum reported an uptick in attendance for March due in part to interest in its exhibition devoted to Jackson Pollock‘s “Mural.”

March attendance at the Getty Center reached 127,466 visitors, an increase of 3% from the same month last year, museum officials said. Attendance in March 2013 was 123,734, a Getty spokeswoman said, also an unusually high number due to an early Easter and spring break and an exhibition of Vermeer’s “Woman in Blue.”

From 2010 to 2012, average March attendance at the Getty Center was about 97,000.

Contributing to the attendance jump for March 2014 was the opening of an exhibition devoted to Ansel Adams photographs. 

The Pollock show, which details the conservation of the 1943 “Mural,” opened to the public on March 11. For that week, the Getty Center saw 29,374 visitors, a 25% increase from the first week of the month. The last week of March saw 34,306 visitors, a 46% jump from the first week of the month.

Pollock’s “Mural” will be on display through June 1. The abstract painting is part of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art but has been in L.A. for the past couple of years so Getty experts could study and clean the work.

“In Focus: Ansel Adams,” which opened March 18, is scheduled to run through June 20.
By LA Times writer David Ng
Published April 1, 2014

By Koren Kordes

Hammer Museum Now Free to the Public

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Hammer Museum Free to Public

Beginning February 9, the Hammer Museum eliminated its admission fee and became entirely FREE to the public!

Free admission coincided with the opening of the Hammer’s new exhibition Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology.

The Hammer is committed to eliminating admission fees permanently. Free admission is made possible through the generosity of longtime Hammer Museum benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. Erika Glazer is an art collector who joined the Hammer’s Board of Directors in 2009. She has worked in the real estate business, construction, and as a private investor since 1976. Brenda Potter has been a Hammer supporter since 2003. An avid art collector, Potter is also a Fine Art Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills.

The Hammer’s roster of more than 250 public programs each year—including readings, lectures, conversations between cultural figures, political forums, musical performances, and screenings—have been free for over a decade. The Museum’s shift to free admission builds on its current practice of offering free admission for several groups including students, children under 17, military personnel, and for all visitors every Thursday. In its role as a cultural center, the Hammer strives to be a vibrant intellectual forum for the exploration of art and ideas and believes offering free admission will play a crucial role in furthering this position!

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 443-7000


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11 of the Most Unforgettable Art Heists in History

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Through out the course of history, nothing has attracted the attention of criminals, and the occasional, not so criminal, quite like fine art and priceless relics.

Here is a short list of some of history’s most memorable art thefts and recoveries.

Mona Lisa 1. Mona Lisa Misplaced?

On August 21, 1911, a construction worker removed Leonardo da Vinci‘s masterpiece Mona Lisa from the Louvre, with the stated intention of returning the painting to Italy (presumably, the thief did not know that da Vinci himself had brought the painting to France while under the patronage of Francis I). Police questioned the thief in an initial investigation but dismissed him as a suspect, before turning their attention to Pablo Picasso (yes, that Pablo Picasso—he was questioned and quickly released).

Then, in December 1913, an Italian house painter contacted a prominent art dealer in Florence, claiming to be in possession of the celebrated portrait. Police swooped in and arrested Vincenzo Peruggia, a former Louvre employee. It turned out Peruggia had walked unnoticed into the museum, removed the “Mona Lisa” from its frame and spirited it out under his clothes. Hailed as a patriot in his native Italy, the burglar served six months in jail for the crime.

After two years, the Mona Lisa was recovered, but not before it had achieved a level of global celebrity unmatched by virtually any other painting. The theft had elevated the Mona Lisa from a topic of study for scholars to an indelible image in the popular consciousness.

2. One Person’s TheftElgin Marbles art heist

Thomas Bruce, 7th earl of Elgin, was the British envoy to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803. Elgin was passionate about classical art and, stating that he was concerned about the preservation of antiquities in Greece (then under Ottoman control), he secured permission from the Ottoman government “to take away any pieces of stone with old inscriptions or figures thereon.”

The collection, taken principally from the Parthenon and subsequently known as the Elgin Marbles, caused great controversy. Greece demanded (and continues to demand) that the treasures be returned, and critics, among them Lord Byron, accused Elgin of cultural vandalism. Indeed, the practice of removing cultural treasures from one country to another (frequently wealthier) one  has come to be called elginism.

entartete kunst 3. Entartete Kunst

In Nazi Germany, art was intended to support the ideals of National Socialism and enhance the notion of Aryan superiority. Works of modern art—and especially works created by Jewish artists—were labeled “degenerate” and confiscated. This so-called degenerate art was exhibited throughout Germany in an attempt to showcase the failings of modernism. Many of the works were ultimately sold, with the money flowing into Nazi coffers.

One of my favorite works of art stolen during this era (and eventually recovered) was Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt.

For more tidbits regarding the Nazi art pillaging, check out this blog I did last year.

4. Crime Doesn’t Paypiero della francesca flagellation

In 1975 gangsters broke into the Ducal Palace (now the National Gallery of the Marches) in Urbino, Italy, and made off with a trio of internationally famous works: Raphael‘s The Mute Woman and The Flagellation of Christ and Madonna by Piero della Francesca. The thieves had little luck converting the paintings into profit, however, and all three works were recovered unharmed a year later.

Gardner Museum Art Heist5. Empty Frames

Boston’s Gardner Museum was bestowed upon the city as a public institution by art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner. In her will, the single condition that she placed on the donation of the museum’s collection, which included a broad sample of visual arts from around the world, was that it remains exactly as she had arranged it.

In March 1990 thieves made off with a number of valuable paintings from the museum, including several Rembrandts. In accordance with Gardner’s wishes, the collection remained unchanged, with empty frames and blank spaces indicating where the stolen paintings once hung.

As mentioned in a blog we wrote last spring, the FBI announced at a press conference in spring 2013, that they have identified two possible suspects in the scandalous heist of $500 million in art. Maybe it’s not the largest art heist in history, but it’s close.

6. He’s Screaming “Stop Stealing Me!”The Scream

Edvard Munch painted four versions of his iconic work “The Scream”. This is good, because thieves apparently like to keep their options open. One version was stolen in 1994 from the National Art Museum in Oslo, during an exhibition that was tied to the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. The thieves demanded a $1 million ransom for its return. Norwegian authorities politely declined and conducted a sting operation with the assistance of British law enforcement. The painting was recovered undamaged just two months later, and the four perpetrators were imprisoned.

In 2004, ten years after the first theft, another copy of The Scream was stolen, this time from the Munch Museum in Oslo. The thieves, brandishing guns and threatening museum staff, brazenly walked out of the museum with The Scream and Madonna, another Munch piece. The thieves were arrested in May 2006, and the paintings were recovered in August of that year. Although both works had sustained some damage, authorities stated that their condition was better than expected.

whitworth museum

7. Theft for Art’s Sake

In 2003 thieves took works by Gauguin, Picasso, and van Gogh from the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, England. The paintings were soon discovered in a public bathroom a short distance from the museum, however, with a handwritten note that read “The intention was not to steal, only to highlight the woeful security.”

Although police doubted that the thieves actually had such altruistic intentions, the museum did take steps to improve its security.

8. Stolen SunflowersVan Gogh Museum

In 1991 yet another globally famous painting went missing when thieves broke into the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and absconded with some 20 paintings, including Sunflowers, a painting that had sold for a then-record $40 million just four years earlier. The thieves, apparently deciding that they couldn’t hope to fetch such a price, abandoned it and the rest of their haul in their getaway car, which was discovered by police just hours later.

National Museum of Anthropology9. The Mother Lode

In what is regarded as the single largest art heist in history, thieves stole 140 priceless Mayan, Aztec and other artifacts from Mexico’s world-famous National Museum of Anthropology on Christmas Eve in the biggest heist ever of pre-Columbian art objects in December 1985.

One or more thieves pried open seven glass display cases in three exhibition halls and grabbed several of the museum’s best-known gold, jade, turquoise and obsidian objects. Security was especially lax at the time of the theft; the museum’s alarm system hadn’t worked for some years, and guards failed to notice the removal of some seven showcases full of pre-Columbian art. Mexican prosecutors detained and  interrogated the nine police guards assigned to the museum on the night of the theft.

How crafty culprits thought they were ever going to sell these relics  is beyond me.

10. The Worst Time to Shop for an Alarm – Is the Day After You Need Itmuseum of modern art

In 2010 the Museum of Modern Art in Paris was victimized in a way that was novel in its directness. The thief simply smashed a lock, broke a window, and walked off with a haul estimated to be worth over $100 million. Paintings by Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Matisse and Leger were among those stolen. As was the case in the Mexico City break-in, the museum’s alarm system had been out of service for some time.

Since then, the suspected thief, a 34-year-old watch repairman, was identified only as Jonathan B. by the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, has stated, that in a panic, he thru the art in the garbage.

rembrandt self portrait 11. Well, You Get Credit for Bravado

Art theft tends to be a low profile affair. Night falls, thief gets in, thief gets out, and no one notices that the priceless masterpiece is missing until the next morning. This was decidedly not the approach adopted by a trio of thieves who conducted a daylight raid on the National Museum in Stockholm in 2000. Armed with sub-machine guns, the thieves collected Renoir‘s Young Parisian and Conversation with the Gardener and a Rembrandt self-portrait.

As the robbery was in progress, car bombs were detonated on the roads approaching the museum, in an effort to divert police attention elsewhere. Upon exiting the museum, the thieves set fire to cars and scattered spikes across the road before making their escape in a waiting speedboat. Although Conversation with the Gardener was found during a drug raid, the other two paintings were recovered in a manner that was every bit as Hollywood as their theft.

In 2005 Young Parisian was uncovered by the FBI in Los Angeles, and that investigation produced leads on the whereabouts of the missing Rembrandt. An elaborate sting operation was conducted by Danish and Swedish police, with the head of the American FBI‘s Art Crime Team posing as a shady art dealer. After weeks of negotiations, the thieves agreed to met at a Copenhagen hotel. Once the undercover agent had verified that the painting was legitimate, a Danish SWAT team, which had been waiting in the next room, burst in and arrested the thieves.

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Courtesy of http://www.britannica.com/

By Koren Kordes

Getty Center to Exhibit Jackson Pollock’s Newly Restored Painting, “Mural”

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Jackson Pollock's "Mural"After more than 19 months of daunting restoration and researching efforts, Jackson Pollock’s epic painting “Mural” will be on display starting in March at The Getty Center.

The Getty’s researchers have been repairing effects of earlier preservation work on the massive 8-by-20-foot painting, while exploring the artist’s radical technique and materials, using X-rays, scanning electron microscopy and mass spectrometers to probe the $140 million painting

Restorers worked diligently to remove sagging that formed in the center of the piece as well as a layer of varnish that was applied in the 70’s.  The sagging was caused by a new lining on the back that was added to reinforce the canvas. Re-lining, a common procedure, employed a wax adhesive. Given the picture’s size, considerable weight was added to the painting causing the sag.

Tests were also done to catalog the paints Jackson Pollock employed. It might even be possible to determine whether the legend that says the artist painted “Mural” in a single day is valid. Drying times for paint layers, many of which are visibly crisp and clean and plainly were not painted wet-on-wet, might yield clues.  The findings of these studies along with the newly restored work of art will be on display at the Getty.

Peggy Guggenheim

The monumental 1943 canvas which was commissioned by art collector and dealer Peggy Guggenheim for the entry to her New York City apartment, was until recently, in the collection of the University Of Iowa Museum Of Art after Guggenheim donated it in 1951. Art Director Sean O’Harrow called the restoration the most important modern art conservation effort in recent years.

What the artist called “a stampede” of shapes, lines of force and rhythmic colors across the canvas had a profound effect on American art, sweeping away the nativist ethos of his mentor, Thomas Hart Benton.


Jackson Pollock Photo Framed

Jackson Pollock


The exhibit will be on display March 11, 2014 thru June 1, 2014 at the West Pavilion, Plaza Level.

Where: Getty Center
Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles
Phone: 310-440-7300
Opening hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Fri & Sat 10am–9pm
Price: Free admission; parking $15; free parking after 5pm Mon-Fri for events and after 5pm Sat.
Event websitewww.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/18279.html




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Top Ten List – 2013 A Record Breaking Year For Art Auction Sales

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Three Studies of Lucian Freud I Bloomberg has released the list of the top auction sales in 2013, which includes the 59.6 carat pink diamond the Pink Star, sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva on November 13 for $83 million. It’s pretty remarkable that a diamond was the third most expensive sale of the year in any category.

Let’s check out the top 10 art auction sales of the year, shall we?

The top 10 auction lots of 2013 raised $752.2 million, a 27 percent increase from 2012 and an 82 percent jump from 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Every item in the group fetched more than $45 million. In November, Christie’s International sold $692 million of art in less than three hours, the highest auction tally ever.

Although out-shined by the string of successful auction lots at Christie’s, Sotheby’s did make news, by setting a new record for Andy Warhol. In the November Contemporary Art Evening Sale, up on the block was the highly anticipated Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), a piece only shown publicly once since 1987.

Even Americana is making waves. In the recent December 4th American Art Sale at Sotheby’s, Normal Rockwell’s classic Saving Grace more than doubled its high estimate. The picture sold for an unheard of $46 million, breaking the artist’s own record (formerly at $15.4 million), as well as the record price paid for an American painting.

Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol took the top two spots in 2013, and Jeff Koons created an auction record for a living artist. The list was dominated by post-1950 works.Silver Car Crash by Andy Warhol

While it is customary to say that the market’s strength is focused on just a few artists, Art Basel Miami Beach and its attendant fairs, taking place a couple of weeks after the New York sales, saw art selling merrily at every level – from the million-dollar, safe-bet end of Katz, Calder and Koons to emerging artists priced from the low thousands at the satellite fairs. These included a paper construction by Sarah Bridgland at $2,000, digital animations by Yorgo Alexopoulos at $11,000 and a diptych by Hans Kotter at $35,000, all of which found buyers at the Pulse fair.

Here is the list of the most expensive art lots sold at auction in 2013:

1. $142.4 million (Toppling the previous record of $119.9 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” in May 2012.)
Three Studies of Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon
Sold at Christie’s, New York, November 2013
2. $105.4 million
Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), Andy Warhol
Sold at Sotheby’s, New York, November 2013

Jeff Koons - Orange

3. $58.4 million
Balloon Dog (Orange), Jeff Koons
Sold at Christie’s, New York, November 2013
4. $58.3 million
Number 19, Jackson Pollock
Sold at Christie’s, New York, May 2013
5. $57.2 million
Coca-Cola (3), Andy Warhol
Sold at Christie’s, New York, November 2013
6. $56.1 million
Woman with Flowered Hat, Roy Lichtenstein
Sold at Christie’s, New York, May 2013
7. $50 million
Grande tête mince (Grande tête de Diego), Alberto Giacometti
Sold at Sotheby’s, New York, November 2013
8. $48.8 million
Dustheads, Jean-Michel Basquiat
Sold at Christie’s, New York, May 2013
9. $46 million (tie)
No.11 (Untitled), Mark Rothko
Sold at Christie’s, New York, November 2013
10. $46 million (tie)
Saying Grace, Norman Rockwell
Sold at Sotheby’s, New York, December 2013

*All prices include buyers’ premiums, the commission paid by the buyer to the auction house.


Will 2013 go down in art market history as the peak of a boom, or the beginning of a new world order for art sales?

Check out our top sales list blog from last year here and compare!


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