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An Art Historian Says Leonardo da Vinci’s Only Known Sculpture Is in London’s V&A Museum

“The Virgin with the Laughing Child” (ca 1465) (© Victoria and Albert Museum)

A Neapolitan scholar has attributed a terracotta statuette, called “The Virgin with the Laughing Child,” to Leonardo da Vinci. If his attribution is correct, the work would be the only known sculpture by the Italian Renaissance master in existence. Many, however, are skeptical.

The Art Newspaper reported that Francesco Caglioti, an art history professor at the University Federico II of Naples, attributed “The Virgin with the Laughing Child” to da Vinci in a recent interview with La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper. “There are a thousand details, which dispel any doubts regarding the [new] attribution,” Caglioti said in the interview, noting particularly the depiction of draped fabric and the smiles on the figures’ … Read the rest

After a Writer Asked for Equal Pay, the New York Film Academy Let Her Go

Krista Knight, playwright (all images courtesy of Krista Knight)

The New York Film Academy (NYFA) bills itself as an influential global institution that has lured many of its faculty from universities like Harvard, Columbia, and Yale while courting blockbuster names like Rose McGowan, Steven Spielberg, and Al Pacino as guest speakers. In its 26-year history, the for-profit education center has taught over 5,000 students annually in areas like film, acting, photography, and broadcast journalism.

Despite NYFA’s vaunted history and access to vast resources, the academy did not plan to pay playwright Krista Knight for her work writing a 20-minute movie musical short for the institution’s second-year musical theater majors, a project she began in the summer of 2018 and was expected to conclude later that fall.… Read the rest

PAIN Sackler Storms Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums for Financial Ties to Opioid Manufacturers

Activists and unexpecting visitors filled every floor of the museum for a busy night at the Guggenheim (photos by Todd Collins, T.W.Collins Photography)

Nan Goldin and her activist group of drug policy advocates, PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) took the Guggenheim Museum by surprise yesterday, February 9, in a covert direct action against the Sackler Family, owners of the opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma. The group later marched down the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue for a second, publicly-announced protest at the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mock prescriptions detailed emails between Richard Sackler and Robert Kaiko (photo by Hakim Bishara/Hyperallergic)

The iconic spiral atrium of the Guggenheim Museum was humming with visitors at 6:30 pm, on a busy free admission Saturday, when a rain … Read the rest

Artist Drops Massive Opioid Spoon at Entrance of Another Sackler-Owned Drug Manufacturer

Rhodes Pharma Spoon deployment in Coventry, Rhode Island on February 7 (image courtesy the Opioid Spoon Project)

Yesterday, February 7, artist Domenic Esposito dropped off a massive, unexpected addition to the entrance of Rhodes Pharma. The generic opioid manufacturer is linked to the infamous Sackler family, founders of multi-billion dollar drug company Purdue Pharma and notorious art philanthropists.

On September 9 of last year, the Financial Times revealed that the Sackler family owns Rhodes Pharma, a lesser-known drug company in Rhode Island that produces generic opioids like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone. Rhodes Pharma was established in 2007, just four months after Purdue pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it had mismarketed OxyContin. Between the two companies, the Sacklers are responsible for manufacturing 6% of … Read the rest

World’s Largest Native American Art Forgery Ring Distributed $12M of Fakes

Gold House shop front in Santa Fe, NM (screenshot via Google Maps Street View)

History’s largest Native American art fraud case will come through the courts this year after multiple family businesses manufactured, imported, and falsely distributed Native American-style jewelry as genuine between 2010 and 2015. The trade value reached nearly $12 million across 300 shipments in five years — now, five men and two businesses are charged with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, importation by false or fraudulent practice, and failure to mark goods with their country of origin as required by customs law.

One supply chain involved Albuquerque importer Sterling Islands Inc, which purchases jewelry from its Philippines-based manufacturer Fashion Accessories 4 U. Both entities were owned and operated by the Khalaf … Read the rest

Week in Review: Newly Authenticated Van Gogh, Christie’s Biggest Year Ever

Vincent van Gogh, “Still Life with Fruit and Chestnuts” (1886), Oil on canvas, 10 5/8 x 14 in. (27 x 35.6 cm) (Gift of Bruno and Sadie Adriani, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

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A still life painting at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), dismissed long ago as a Vincent van Gogh forgery, has been authenticated by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. A statement released by FAMSF says that two years of technical and stylistic investigations, researchers discovered “a female portrait painted on the canvas underneath the still life” and have concluded that van … Read the rest

Never-Seen-Before James Castle Drawings Found Inside the Walls of Artist’s House

Drawing by James Castle found during restoration of the Castle family house (all images courtesy of Boise City Department of Arts & History unless otherwise noted)

The house of the late James Castle has harbored some secrets that have come to light only recently, four decades after his death. While restoring the old residence in Boise, city officials found 11 never-before-seen artworks by the renowned, self-taught artist, hidden in the walls. Folded and placed between two wall boards — along with two books and a motley gathering of socks, drawing tools, tobacco bags, and one marble — the drawings were made with Castle’s signature materials of soot and spit.

James Castle, “Untitled (seven drawings)” (n.d.), found paper, graphic

The unexpected find occurred last December, towards the … Read the rest

Ethiopia Calls on London Museum to Repatriate Objects Looted 150 Years Ago [UPDATED]

Gold and gilded copper crown with glass beads, pigment and fabric, made in Ethipoa (1600–1850) (all images © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Earlier this month, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) offered to return, on longterm loan, objects to Ethiopia that British troops looted 150 years ago. The arrangement was proposed ahead of an exhibition showing the museum’s collection of treasures seized at Maqdala. But the Ethiopian government says that such a gesture is not sufficient, and that it will continue to seek permanent return of the artifacts.

Speaking with the Art Newspaper last week, Ethiopian ambassador to the UK Hailemichael Aberra Afework emphasized that the V&A, along with other British museums, must give up ownership of objects taken from his country and send … Read the rest

A Braille-Based Typeface Readable by Both Touch and Sight

Braille Neue Standard by Kosuke Takahashi (all images courtesy the artist)

In an attempt to make braille more familiar and accessible, Tokyo-based designer Kosuke Takahashi has redesigned the tactile script to make it readable for both visually impaired and sighted individuals. His new typeface, Braille Neue, updates the nearly 200 century-old system by superimposing its raised dots onto carefully configured letterforms, allowing it to be understood by both sight and touch. Takahashi has created two versions, Braille Neue Standard, which incorporates the Latin alphabet, and Braille Neue Outline, which can fit both Japanese and Latin writing systems.

“It all started from the simple questions, ‘How can I read braille? Does it become a character if I connect the dots?’” Takahashi told Hyperallergic. “Even though it … Read the rest

Demonstrators Splash Red Paint Inside LA Gallery in Apparent Protest of Gentrification

Instagram Photo

LOS ANGELES — Last Saturday a group exhibition opened at Dalton Warehouse, a gallery located in the middle of an art studio complex in South Central Los Angeles. During the opening, four individuals who at first appeared to be part of the general art audience proceeded to cover their mouths with bandanas and then splash the gallery walls, exhibited artwork, and bystanders with red paint. They started from the back of the space and ended by running out of the gallery and onto the street. The individuals were originally identified by curate.la in an Instagram story as three males and one female, all relatively young. None of the individuals involved in the act claimed open allegiance to a protesting group, nor has any specific group Read the rest