10 Million Reward For World’s Largest Art Theft

 

They would like information that could help recover famous works by Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Johannes Vermeer, and Rembrandt van Rijn that were stolen in what is the world’s largest unsolved art heist. On March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised as Boston police officers tricked museum guards into allowing them into to the building, then restrained the guards, and left roughly an hour and 20 minutes later with the art works.

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More On The Beautiful Blackamoors

Nardi. Venezia, Italy. "Moretto Albero della Vita " brooch with diamonds

Adorned with in gilt and gemstones, blackamoor figures are particularly decorative and are commonly seen as furniture, paintings, jewelry and textiles. They are typically swathed in fine robes and almost always wear turbans. Fashion and beauty icons Coco Chanel and Helena Rubinstein collected blackamoor furniture (two Venetian Blackamoors graced the foyer of Chanel’s Paris apartment. Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland had a famous collection of blackamoor jewelry from Cartier and Grace Kelly owned a diamond-encrusted blackamoor brooch from Nardi Jewelers of Venice .One of the Pointer Sisters’, Anita Pointer has some blackamoor pieces in her collection of black memorabilia.  Aleksandr Pushkin kept a blackamoor figurine on his desk; it reminded him of Abram Petrovich Gannibal, his great-grandfather, an African slave who became a successful Russian general and military engineer.The most famous blackamoor figure is the gem-studded Mohr mit Smaragdstufe, which translates to “Moor with Emerald Cluster” . Created by Balthasar Permoser in 1724, it is housed in the Grünes Gewölbe museum in Germany. see below

At times blackamoors are depicted as exotic noblemen, while at others such as statues, take on positions of servitude, as footmen or waiters. Their noblemen status dates to the Moorish invasion of southern Italy more than a millennium ago; their roots are steeped in conquest. However, some find blackamoor imagery to be racially insensitive because some of the statues look like servants. This dates to the European courts in which black attendants were dressed in exotic finery – and, some feel, were objectified as ornaments. This was particularly true of the court of Versailles in the 17th century.When Dolce & Gabbana featured blackamoor jewelry and clothing designs in its spring 2013 collection fashion show in Milan, the firm was criticized for being tone-deaf as to what blackamoors can represent. The firm responded that such imagery was a reflection of the Italian firm’s roots in a country in which Moors were of historic significance.

During the 18th century wealthy Venetians employed Moors as bodyguards, as they were impressed by their fighting prowess. The regal bearing of the resulting depictions seem to put these exotic immigrants in high regard; they are beautiful and are not demeaned in any way, as evidenced by this sculpture by Andrea Brustolon (photo, below). 

Blackamoors should not to be confused with emblems of American slavery, such as the more recent “Aunt Jemima” figures. To make this mistake is to make a mistake of history.

In 2011 a diamond, sapphire and gold blackamoor brooch once owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for $60,000 at Christie’s. One look at the piece, photo left, reveals the delicacy and respect with which the piece was created by the famous Giulio Nardi, an artist of jewelry design .

 

Im only down with blackamoor as long as they are depicted as kings and princes !!! Cartier Oro, diamantes y turquesasBlack figure broochBust Brooch, Blackamoor Venetian Talismano

The inhabitants of the coast wore gold earrings with enamels white and black like amulets to exorcize the danger of pirates or gave to the churches as votive promises. This is for sure the primigenial blackamoor jewelry that anyway arrived in few years to the motherland.

Venetian artisans created various kinds of Moors exploring all kind of jewelry: earrings, brooches, pendants and necklaces with blackamoors in ebony usually adorned with precious stones and enamels. They love to adorn jewels upon black men and women figurines

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A Scone (candle  holder),purchased by Louis XIV in 1684 from the dealer Le Bru m. Said to be a wedding gift from the state of Venice to Henry IV of France and Marie de'Medici in 160o LOUVRE

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Blackamoors were a favorite style statement of the Victorian era;Nardi Tiger's Eye Carved Ebony Gold Blackamoor Brooches 3

 

A History of Blackamoor Jewelry

The inhabitants of the coast wore gold earrings with enamels white and black like amulets to exorcize the danger of pirates or gave to the churches as votive promises. This is for sure the primigenial blackamoor jewelry that anyway arrived in few years to the motherland.

Beautiful Venetian Blackamoor jewelry is an example of the typical Italian skill and handicraft that takes his roots in the history of the Venice Republic (“La Serenissima”): since the 16th century the antique moors have become symbols of Venetian goldsmith tradition and still, today they’re part of our culture and legacy

Since those times Venetian artisans created various kinds of Moors exploring all kind of jewelry: earrings, brooches, pendants, and necklaces with blackamoors in ebony usually adorned with precious stones and enamels.

Even today, blackamoors are considered the most wanted and typical expression of Venetian jewelry: testimonials of this everlasting elegance have been icons of the 20th century as Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway, Liz Taylor, Barbara Hutton, Arthur Rubinstein and Elton John (cit. Wikipedia)

Exquisite artwork with jewels on black-faced images

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Children’s Books For Art Lovers

My Museum

Illustration for My Museum by Joanne Liu. © Joanne Liu.

Illustration for My Museum by Joanne Liu. © Joanne Liu.

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Written by Monica Brown, illustrated by‎ John Parra

Illustration for Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by John Parra. Courtesy of NorthSouth Books.

Illustration for Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by John Parra. Courtesy of NorthSouth Books

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity

Written by Sarah Suzuki, illustrated by‎ Ellen Weinstein, with artwork by Yayoi Kusama

Illustration for Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity. © 2017 Ellen Weinstein.

Illustration for Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity. © 2017 Ellen Weinstein.

Mud Book: How to Make Pies and Cakes

Written and illustrated by John Cage and Lois Long

Illustration for Mud Book by John Cage and Lois Long. Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.

Illustration for Mud Book by John Cage and Lois Long. Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.

Illustration for Mud Book by John Cage and Lois Long. Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press.

Illustration for Mud Book by John Cage and Lois Long. Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press

Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression

Written by Carole Boston Weatherford,‎ illustrated by Sarah Green

Illustration for Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression by Sarah Green. Courtesy of Albert Whitman & Company.

Illustration for Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression by Sarah Green. Courtesy of Albert Whitman & Company.

Her Right Foot

Written by Dave Eggers, illustrated by‎ Shawn Harris

Illustration for Her Right Foot by‎ Shawn Harris. Courtesy of Chronicle Books.

Illustration for Her Right Foot by‎ Shawn Harris. Courtesy of Chronicle Books.

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

Written by Kay Haring, illustrated by‎ Robert Neubecker

Illustration for Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Robert Neubecker. Courtesy of Dial Books, Penguin Random House.

Illustration for Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Robert Neubecker. Courtesy of Dial Books, Penguin Random House.

My First Book of Patterns

Written by Bobby George and‎ June George, illustrated by‎ Boyoun Kim

My First Book of Patterns, by Bobby & June George, art by Boyoun Kim, Phaidon, open at pages 3-4, 'STRIPES!'

My First Book of Patterns, by Bobby & June George, art by Boyoun Kim, Phaidon, open at pages 3-4, ‘STRIPES!’

Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color

Written by Cara Manes, illustrated by Fatinha Ramos, with artwork by Sonia Delaunay

Illustration for Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color. © 2017 Fatinha Ramos.

Illustration for Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color. © 2017 Fatinha Ramos.

Artists and Their Pets: True Stories of Famous Artists and Their Animal Friends

Written by Susie Hodge, illustrated by Violet Lemay

Illustration for Artists and their Pets by Violet Lemay. Courtesy of Duopress.

Illustration for Artists and their Pets by Violet Lemay. Courtesy of Duopress.

The Great Big Art History Colouring Book

Written by Annabelle von Sperber and Susanne Rebscher, illustrated by Annabelle von Sperber

Illustration by Annabelle Von Sperber. Courtesy of Prestel.

Illustration by Annabelle Von Sperber. Courtesy of Prestel.

 

 

 

The Most Expensive Pieces Of Art

 

Luxury vs Fashion and The Difference

 

 

There have traditionally been very distinct definitions used to distinguish between “fashion” and “luxury” brands and products. The difference between such brands lies most centrally in their business models. The luxury brand model, for instance, aims to create the highest brand value and pricing power by leveraging all intangible elements. Which can include. time, heritage, country of origin, craftsmanship, man-made, small series, prestigious clients, etc. By mobilizing all of these intangible assets, a brand may be positioned as largely incomparable to any other, even its rivals.

In addition to unmatched brand value and pricing power, the traditional luxury brand endeavors to create long-selling products, as opposed to best-selling products. Two examples set forth by Vincent Bastien, author of The Luxury Strategy: Break the Rules of Marketing to Build Luxury Brands, the Porsche 911, which debuted in 1964, and Chanel’s N°5 perfume, launched in 1921, both of which are still very much in demand today.

 

Basquiats Teen Years With Museums

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat received his first write-up in the art press when he was just 19 years old. Critic Jeffrey Deitch had spotted his work in the “Times Square Show, in 1980 in New York , and praised the young artist’s painting as a “knockout combination of de Kooning and subway spray paint.”

Basquiat’s name and art soon became famous with likes of Abstract Expressionist masters like de Kooning, who preceded him. Curators and scholars compared Basquiat’s work to that of Cy Twombly, Jackson Pollock, and Jean Dubuffet. But hadn’t attended art school, save for a handful of life drawing classes.

Although Basquiat never had a formal art education, he was a die-hard student of art history—and he built the foundation of his knowledge in the institutions that surrounded him in New York City. the age of six Basquiat was a junior member of the Brooklyn Museum of New York. Basquiat was also drawing incessantly—mostly cartoonish sketches informed by what he saw on T.V. (Alfred Hitchcock films), in comic book magazines (Mad), and on Brooklyn streets (cars).

Like many wunderkind children, Jean-Michel wasn’t a fan of structured education—and didn’t care for obedience. After leaving St. Ann’s, a private school, in 1971, Basquiat moved between at least five different public schools. Eventually, in 1976, at the age of 15, he landed at the City-as-School, a refuge for gifted New York children who didn’t respond well to traditional learning. It used the city’s cultural institutions as classrooms and regularly gave its students subway tokens for rides to the Hayden Planetarium and MoMA. However that did not last long. He didn’t return for his last year of high school, but he did continue to self-educate by visiting New York museums and frequenting other creative hubs, like SoHo, where the contemporary art galleries had begun to congregate.

 

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Women Over 60 In The Fashion Model Business

  • Carmen Dell’Orefice reacts as Ralph Rucci presents her with the Texas Legacy award at Heart of Fashion, at Million Air Houston. Dell’Orefice notably closed the Guo Pei haute couture show in Paris in January 2017 at age 85. Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle

Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle
Women over 50 are also flourishing in print advertising campaigns. At age 64, Jessica Lange was named the face of Marc Jacobs beauty in 2014, following a comeback in Hollywood as the muse of director and television showrunner Ryan Murphy, who is noted for casting women over 60 in his projects. Author Joan Didion, then 80, was a featured face of Céline in 2015; singer Joni Mitchell, then 71, was featured in ads for Saint Laurent that same year. In April, model Lauren Hutton, who has had many age-defying firsts in the industry, modeled for Calvin Klein — in a video for an underwear collection, wearing a bra with an unbuttoned white shirt at age 73. Senior to all of these ladies is self-described “geriatric starlet” Iris Apfel, co-founder of Old World Weavers, author and fashion designer. In 2015, at 93, Apfel was featured in ads for Kate Spade with model Karlie Kloss, with whom she has a 71-year-age difference.

World Architecture Festival 2017

World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake...
World Building of the Year 2017 supported by GROHE: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village, Zhaotong, China(Credit: World Architecture Festival)

Keys To Art pricing

Demand Is the artist in demand or an historical importance, whether they are a new young maverick, whether lots of people are participating in the market.

Size- bigger is not always better, but it’s almost certainly more expensive. On the primary market, gallerists tend to price works for each artist at a standard price-multiple based on size. For works that have been sold before, whether at a gallery or at auction, comparison is often made to prices of other similarly sized works by the artist, using a number of price databases such as artnet and Art Price.

Color and Other Unique Attributes

The quality of the cut is very important as this gives a different rhythm and effect to the canvas. The quantity of cut is also important. A single cut is very minimalist and therefore very sought after, but multiple slashes are also sought after on the international market.

Provenance

Pieces with high-profile exhibition and collecting history cost more, particularly if celebrated names are involved. In a historical context, establishing authenticity, or the possibility of any potential legal claims over ownership, are of paramount importance. In the contemporary market, provenance can involve shoring up an artist’s reputation

 

The Most Expensive Artwork Of All Time 450 Million $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Courtesy of Christie’s.

Courtesy of Christie’s

The auction lasted the 19 minutes it took to sell a single work for $400 million ($450 million with fees), making it the most expensive piece ever purchased at auction, and likely the most expensive artwork ever sold.

When auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen announced lot nine: Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (circa 1500), cell phones came out en-masse to capture the event, while a cavalcade of press and primped art world citizens scanned the room for the special red paddles Christie’s handed out to those wishing to bid on the prize. A sale was assured courtesy of a $100 million guarantee.

Pylkkänen opened bidding on the Leonardo at $70 million, and anxious early seconds of tepid reception gave way to a steady pace as $95 million became $110 million became $120 million in short order. The room proved an active audience as the price teetered upward; it produced just one of many audible gasps as bidding hit $200 million, clearing the previous $179.4 million record for any work sold at auction set by Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) in 2015.

After a $286 million bid from de Poortere, Rotter warbled out a $300 million counter, tying the price that billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin reportedly paid for Willem de Kooning’s Interchange (1955) in 2015, the most expensive art transaction ever publicly reported until Christie’s Wednesday sale.

Rotter called out $400 million on the next bidand that was the end. The room clapped, gasped, and laughed.

Artwork Going For Millions & Million Of $$$$$$$$

Christie's employees pose in front of a Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images.Christie’s employees pose in front of a Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. Photo by Tolga

 

Salvator Mundi, or “Savior of the World,” November 15th,  will go on offer in the house’s Post-War and Contemporary evening auction, where it is estimated to sell for $100 million.

An untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat painting sold for $110.5 million in May; in 2015, Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers sold for $179 million and an Amedeo Modigliani nude sold for $170 million; and in 2013, an Andy Warhol car crash painting sold for $105.4 million.

French businessman Eric de Rothschild sold a pair of portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn in a private sale in 2015 to the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre for nearly $180 million, or $90 million a piece.

A private sale of a Paul Cézanne piece went for about $250 million back in 2012

Best Sneakers Stores Across The Globe

Foot District
Calle de Valverde 35
28004 Madrid

SOTF, Florence

SOTF – an acronym of Store of the Future – combines classical style elements with an innovative in-store experience. Stocking everything from Adidas Originals to Common Projects, with every price point in between, the special thing about SOTF is that you could find yourself selecting a pair of sneakers without barely having to talk to a human being; iPad’s allow customers to check stock – and make a purchase – without ever having to shout on a store assistant.

SOTF
Via de’ Tornabuoni
17/r 50100 Firenze FI

KM20, Moscow

KM20 (basically the Russian Dover Street Market) is Russia’s go-to destination for everybody who’s desperate to dress well. Not only is this Moscow concept store known for its finely curated selection of brands – Cotweiller to OFF-WHITE, with a bit of Gosha and Heron Preston in between – they’re probably the best place in Russia to do your sneaker shopping too.

KM20
Pereulok Stoleshnikov 2
125009 Moskva

Chapter Harajuku, Tokyo

Tokyo’s Chapter Harajuku is a must-visit location if you’re in Tokyo. Having initially starting out as a tiny spot within a disused junkyard, Chapter Harajuku has served the Japanese city’s local sneaker heads for over two decades, leaving them salivating over the store’s ever-changing selection.  You can find anything from classic Chucks to limited edition styles from Nike and Adidas.

Chapter Harajuku
3 Chome-22-7 Jingumae
Shibuya
Tokyo 150-0001

 

Slam Jam, Milan

A streetwear and sneaker store that often doubles up as an art gallery too, Slam Jam in Milan have been giving the people of Italy’s most stylish city beautiful footwear for over a decade.
Via Giovanni Lanza 1
20121 
Milano MI

SVD, Barcelona

We’ve never heard of a sneaker store being described as a “multi sensory experience” before, but that’s exactly how SVD’s Barcelona location bill theirs. Born from the ashes of Sivasdesvalso, the store that came before it, it’s a two-floor haven of Adidas, Nike, Yeezy, and everything in between.

SVD
Bailén 18
08010 Barcelona

RSVP Gallery, Chicago

Originally opened by Virgil Abloh and Just Don Creative Director Don Crawley, RSVP Gallery is as much a treasure trove of art and pop culture relics as it is a go-to luxury sneaker destination.

RSVP Gallery

1753 N Damen Ave
Chicago IL 60647

Stadium Goods, New York City

A store that curates a gigantic line of the planet’s hardest to find sneakers and streetwear.

What’s more, Stadium Goods is set to expand their offerings into Europevia a new partnership with Zalando.

Stadium Goods
47 Howard St
New York NY 10013

Bodega, Boston

It might look like a convenience store from the outside, but this Clearway Street fashion boutique happens to be one of the most respected sneaker spots in Boston.

Bodega
6 Clearway St
Boston MA 02115

 

Fashion Designer Dolce & Gabbana In The Pasta Business

 

D&G’s new motto: “Family, Pasta, and Italy!”

D&G’s new motto: “Family, Pasta, and Italy!” Photos: Danielle G. Adams/Bloomberg

The duo, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce partnered with the venerable Italian pasta maker Pastificio di Martino to produce an extremely limited edition tin of pastas along with a D&G-designed apron. Only 5,000 of the tins will be available worldwide.

 

The Peace Diamond

Historic Frames For Art

  Salvator Mundi,painting depicts Christ holding a gleaming orb in one hand and offering a blessing with the other.  Its original owner was Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier then Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev—and, along the way, it’s become the epicenter of a lawsuit.

Now, it’s back at Christie’s, slated to be auctioned on November 15th. Worth an estimated $100 million. Lowy’s addition, a rare 16th-century Italian frame with delicate gold stenciling against a black finish, is itself valued between $40,000 and $50,000, .

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, ca. 1500. Courtesy of Lowy Antique Frames & Fine Art Restoration.

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, ca. 1500. Courtesy of Lowy Antique Frames & Fine Art Restoration.

Courtesy of Lowy Antique Frames & Fine Art Restoration.

Courtesy of Lowy Antique Frames & Fine Art Restoration.

f the painting—either by country, by region, by date,” he told Artsy last year. “If there was a particular frame that an artist was known to use, that would influence the choice as well.”

Salvator Mundi was thought to have been commissioned by French king Louis XII and his wife, and was mostly likely painted in the early 1500s in Milan.

 

Courtesy of Lowy Antique Frames & Fine Art Restoration.

Courtesy of Lowy Antique Frames & Fine Art Restoration.

Christie’s Big Auction This Month

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Auction of a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting, “Salvator Mundi,” a 500-year-old depiction of Jesus Christ that was once in the royal collection of Charles I but later lost to obscurity.

Christie’s is selling the work, painted around the same time as da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” for a private owner—reportedly the controversial Russian Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev—to sell alongside Andy Warhol’s striking, 32-foot “Sixty Last Suppers.” The work is Warhol’s “last masterpiece,” Alex Rotter, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art for Christie’s in New York, said of the sales at a press preview Friday.

Leonardo da Vinci, "Salvator Mundi"
Leonardo da Vinci, “Salvator Mundi” Illustration: Christie’s
Salvator Mundi” is being offered at $100 million, while the Warhol interpretation of one of da Vinci’s most famous paintings is estimated at half that, $50 million.

Ann Taylor Launches Rental Service

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  • Ann Taylor, the struggling brand now owned by Ascena Retail Group, has launched a $95-per-month apparel rental program in the U.S. with free unlimited shipping both ways, according to the brand’s website.
  • Items, which don’t include shoes or accessories, are available in women’s regular and petite sizes 00-14 and XS-XL, the company said. Three boxes, containing three items each from an accumulated online “closet,” are sent out each month. Subscribers must have chosen at least eight items for their Ann Taylor “closet” in order to keep boxes coming, although having 20 items online is advised. An online return notification allows the next box to ship.
  • Customers who want to keep any items can buy them at a discount, though by definition they are likely to be pre-worn by others, the company also said. Any item can be kept indefinitely. Laundry is taken care of by Ann Taylor, though those keeping items for a while can launder the clothes themselves as long as they’re kept in pristine condition.
  • It’s also predicated on the revolutionary premise from that disruptive apparel service — that people will begin to think of their wardrobes as existing “in the cloud,” making it virtually infinite —

    These efforts represent a direct challenge to fast fashion, which relies on ownership on the cheap and a closet’s high turnover rate.

 

The Salon Art & Design

Every November The Salon Art + Design welcomes the world’s finest international galleries exhibiting historical, modern and contemporary furniture, groundbreaking design and late 19th through 21st century art. Visitors will find designs by the great 20th century masters, as well as creative works by today’s most innovative young artists. Look for Art Deco, Mid Century Modern from America, France, Italy, and Scandinavia paired with the work today’s emerging designers.

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Art Forgery—From Michelangelo to Knoedler & Company

Han van Meegeren, 1945. Photo by Koos Raucamp. Courtesy of GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL).

Han van Meegeren, 1945. Photo by Koos Raucamp. Courtesy of GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL).

Knoedler & Company gallery in New York stunned the art world by selling approximately 40 forged paintings supplied by art dealer Glafira Rosales, who claimed to have access to never-before-seen works owned by an anonymous collector. It was revealed that Rosales was actually commissioning paintings from a struggling Chinese immigrant named Pei-Shen Qian of Queens New York, who’d taken classes at the Art Students League of New York. Rosales was paying him thousands of dollars, while the gallery charged millions for the paintings. Five years on, the scandal is still not entirely settled, and the art world is anxiously awaiting news concerning two lawsuits against the gallery and its associates currently being fought in the Southern District of New York.  

Michelangelo himself created forgeries. In 1496, he sculpted a sleeping cupid and then buried it to make it appear older. Michelangelo sold the sculpture to a cardinal, who eventually discovered that it was artificially aged. The cardinal demanded a refund from the dealer who sold him the piece but allowed Michelangelo to keep his portion of the proceeds because he was so impressed with the work. The incident added to Michelangelo’s fame, and was praised as a “triumph over antiquity.” (The Renaissance master also had a tendency for copying other artists’ drawings, keeping originals and returning copies in their place.

 Popular painter Han van Meegeren, from the Netherlands, criticized for being unoriginal and imitative, set out to prove his talents by forging famous artists. He planned to wait until his paintings attracted critical acclaim, and then he would reveal their true origins, exacting revenge on those who had doubted his talents. Once he achieved financial success from his forgeries, however, the temptation was too great and he continued his criminal activities—activities that went unnoticed even as his work grew sloppy due to alcoholism and a morphine addiction. Eventually one of his Vermeer forgeries made its way into the collection of Hermann Göring, a central member of the Nazi high command. When World War II ended with German defeat, van Meegeren was arrested in his home country for selling Dutch cultural property to the Nazis, an act of treason punishable by death. Confronted with this punishment, van Meegeren confessed. In November 1947, after a highly publicized trial, he was convicted of falsification and fraud charges and was sentenced to one year in prison. (He never served his time, dying before his incarceration.) In 1947, a newspaper poll found van Meegeren to be the second most popular man in the Netherlands, after the prime minister. 

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Almost every case of forgery, the artist’s motivation is recognition and success – even if it is associated with someone else’s name.  Usually, the artist feels underappreciated and is not critically or commercially successful and fooling everyone – the collectors, appraisers and art historians – gives the artist great satisfaction.

 

Artist Betye Saar

Betye Saar in Laurel Canyon Studio, 1970. Photo by Bob Nakamura. Courtesy of the artist and Robert & Tilton, Los Angeles, California.

 

Betye Saar in Laurel Canyon Studio, 1970. Photo by Bob Nakamura. Courtesy of the artist and Robert & Tilton, Los Angeles, California.

Betyye Saar unveiled her first overtly political work: a small box containing an “Aunt Jemima” mammy figure wielding a gun at a community center in Berkeley Ca.

Betye’s project called “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima”. It was an assemblage that repositions a derogatory figurine, a product of America’s deep-seated history of racism, as an armed warrior. It’s become both Saar’s most iconic piece and a symbol of black liberation and radical feminist art—one which legendary Civil Rights activist Angela Davis would later credit with launching the black women’s movement.

Betye Saar, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, 1972. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California. Photo by Benjamin Blackwell. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California.

Saar began collecting racist imagery in the 1970’s. Her Los Angeles studio contained assorted bric-a-brac she carted home from flea markets and garage sales across Southern California, where she’s lived for the better part of her 91 years. One area displayed caricatures of black people and culture, including pancake batter advertisements featuring Aunt Jemima (the brand of which remains in circulation today) and boxes of a toothpaste brand called Darkie, ready to be transformed and reclaimed by Saar. During the late 1800s, America’s “mammy” figures were grotesquely stereotyped images of black women used to sell kitchen products and objects that “served” their owners. These included everything from broom containers and pencil holders to cookie jars.

In a cartoonish Jemima figure, Saar saw a hero ready to be freed from the bigotry that had shackled her for decades.

First, she filled the figurine’s hand (fashioned to hold a pencil) with a gun. In her other hand, she placed a grenade. “She was seeking her power, and at that time, the gun was power,” Saar has said.

Into Aunt Jemima’s skirt, which once held a notepad, she inserted a vintage postcard showing a black woman holding a mixed race child, in order to represent the sexual assault and subjugation of black female slaves by white men. She collaged a raised fist over the postcard, invoking the symbol for black power. Finally, she set the empowered object against a wallpaper of pancake labels featuring their poster figure, Aunt Jemima.

Since the The Liberation of Aunt Jemima’s outing in 1972, the artwork has been shown around the world, carrying with it the power of Saar’s missive: that black women will not be subject to demeaning stereotypes or systematic oppression; that they will liberate themselves.

 

 

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Coach’s New Name Change

A Coach sign at a store in Miami.

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The new company name Tapestry at the headquarters of former Coach Inc.

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The new company name Tapestry at the headquarters of former Coach Inc.
 The name change is designed to better include the two other brands Coach owns: Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade.

Consumers were outraged following the announcement, but it died down a bit after shoppers realized they could still buy Coach bags — only the corporate name was changing.

Three years ago, Coach announced its intention to grow beyond the Coach brand, acquiring Stuart Weitzman, an upscale shoe brand, in 2015 and Kate Spade & Co., a maker of handbags, apparel, shoes and accessories, over the summer.

Coach has been since 1941, when it began as a family-run workshop in Manhattan with handmade wallets and billfolds. The company announced three years ago that it would reinvent itself — evolving from a “monobrand specialty retailer to a true house of emotional, desirable brands. The name change will take effect Oct. 31.