$1 Million Rockwell Stolen and Found 40 Years Later

John Grant, seen here standing in front of his father’s beloved Rockwell.

In 1976, the Grant family of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, returned home from a fun, family outing at the shore to discover that their treasured Norman Rockwell painting, that had proudly hung in their foyer, had been stolen. The painting, which Mr. Grant had owned for twenty years, was titled “Boy Asleep With Hoe,” and was painted by Rockwell when he was 25, as a cover for The Saturday Evening Post in 1919. The market for Norman Rockwell paintings was a little soft at the time but it made no difference to Mr. Grant–he loved that painting.

Decades passed, and woefully, the aging Mr. Grant died in 2006, never to see his beloved painting again. But a few years after his death, his son John was introduced to a retired F.B.I. agent who had spent years investigating art crimes. Over a couple of hamburgers they talked about the theft. Shortly after that conversation, the FBI released a 40th anniversary press announcement of the painting’s theft in the hope of generating fresh attention.

It did.

This year, an antiques dealer, who heard conversation about the painting on the radio, contacted the FBI. “I think I have your painting,” he said.

It turns out, just shortly after the theft, this antiques dealer became the new owner of the painting, paying a few hundred dollars for what he thought was a Rockwell copy. He had it hanging in his kitchen all these years because his wife loved Rockwell. He promptly handed the painting over to the FBI, who in turn safely returned it to the Grant family, 40 years after the theft.

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COULD URBAN ART BE ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT MOVEMENTS IN RECENT ART HISTORY?

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Urban Art – Do We Know What It Is?

Urban art could be one of the most significant movements in recent art history. First, we must take a look at the concept of urban art and tackle the question that has been circling in the art community for a long time. What is urban art exactly? Although it is regularly used, urban art is one of those concepts that is particularly hard to define. Most commonly urban art is seen as art that originates from urban environments. Urban Art is used to describe the works that are not made on the streets, but in studios by those artists who come from street art and graffiti background.

Recognition of Urban Art Movement:

Graffiti and street art emerged as rebellious practices connected to subculture lifestyles, hostile toward art institutions, with anti-capitalist, social and political undertones. However, in the last fifteen years, things changed immensely due to the obsessive documentation of street artworks and online photo sharing. Fueled by the Internet, urban art gained visibility on a global scale and it allowed artists to track each other’s work, establish connections and collaborations, form a scene and a base of followers. The growing visibility was followed by the crossover into gallery system and consequently high-end art market where it became one of the leading forces.

Qualities That Make Urban Art Popular and Significant:

Urban art, purposely ignorant of academic discourse and theory, immersed into everyday reality which contemporary artists ignored, naturally became movement attractive to many. Urban art was new, exciting, subversive, bold and highly democratic because of its rootedness in public, communal spaces. The social, political aspects and critical connotations were also widely praised among those who got annoyed by the fact that contemporary art has lost its sense of the social surroundings.

Endless Possibilities of Urban Art Expressions:

Because it is not limited to any particular aesthetic canon and does not follow any artistic manifesto, urban art allows a great amount of freedom to its practitioners. It is a free-spirited art movement that is equally attractive to self-taught artists and those with academic background in arts and with the engagement and collaborations of artists working in different disciplines it is constantly growing and evolving. Possibly one of the greatest qualities of urban art is that it embodies inventive and improvisational practices. With the limitless power to generate meanings and communicate on several levels with non-art audiences and art connoisseurs alike, urban art can truly be seen as the most significant recent art movement and the cultural turning point.

Artist: Shepard Fairey                              Title: Evolve Devolve

      Medium: Silkscreen & Mixed Media on Canvas    

Size: 19″ x 25″                                       Edition: AP

Description: Signed and numbered. In artist frame. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included.

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Source: Anika D. 

Gallery Art Has Hot Summer Deals On Sculpture

Man Attempting to Sell Stolen Wesselmann Caught By FBI

The stolen Wesselmann “Study of Monica Nude with Tulips,” and the head of her thief.

A man in Portland is accused of stealing a famous Wesselmann portrait from his mother and trying to sell it to an unnamed NY gallery. The mother had it removed from the wall in her condo during some construction and didn’t realize it was missing until she got a call from the FBI.

“Do you own a famous Tom Wesselmann painting, ma’am?” the no-nonsense agent asked. “Yes I do,” she replied, only to find it missing from her condo!

Tom Wesselmann was a painter, collagist and sculptor who created artwork that incorporated commonplace, real-world items with historical portraiture, often focusing on reclining female nudes. He is widely known for his canvas paintings as well as his silkscreen artwork.

A gallery official, upon inquiry,  told the man that the painting—a Liquitex study of “Monica Nude with Tulips”—was worth $95,000, but they would buy it for $60,000. He took the deal. The NY gallery grew a little suspicious when the would-be seller provided the address of a hotel for them to send an art shipping box for him to pack it into and ship back. The gallery got the painting, but when it came time to send his check, the poor fellow had gotten himself arrested for shoplifting at J.C. Penney’s! His girlfriend stepped in to continue the transaction and all the red flags went up.

The man is being accused of interstate transportation of stolen goods and fraud by wire.

His Mom said that when she heard from the FBI, she was shocked. “I didn’t know the piece was gone!” she said. She agreed to pursue prosecution because she believes her son is safer now that he’s off the street and not stealing famous Wesselmann’s!

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Shepard Fairey: Latest News

Shepard Fairey is a contemporary American street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who works on a variety of media including screen prints, stencils, stickers, collages, and works on wood, metal and canvas. He became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. His work has been described as “political art with a strong sense of visual style and emotional authenticity.” The Institute of Contemporary Art has described him as one the best known and most influential street artists of his time.

Recently Shepard Fairey installed his largest public mural to date in Sydney Australia. In his iconic limited-pallet, stencil style, Fairey created an image of a young woman with flowers behind each ear holding an Australian flower, the waratah, in her hands. The public mural is the largest, so far, of Fairey’s career, standing 15 stories tall in Sydney’s central business district. “Right now, with what’s going on in a lot of places in the world, there is a lot of friction. The idea that we can be resilient and peaceful is something I would like to convey,” Fairey said about his mural.

Here’s a pretty cool time-lapse video of its installation:

If you want to learn a little more about Shepard Fairey here is a short film shot by Brett Novak who was commissioned by the Halsey Institute of Charleston, South Carolina to spot-light this influential and politically active street artist.

And if you want even more, you’ll be happy to hear that Hulu, the on-demand video streaming service, has “Obey Giant” on their fall line-up. This new film profiles Shepard Fairey’s life and work from his punk-rock and skateboarding days to his meteoric rise to fame during the 2008 presidential election and onward to his present-day artistic activism.

OBEY GIANT
Documentary
Premiering on Hulu, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Crew: Created and executive produced by James Moll and executive produced by James Franco.
Synopsis: A film profiling the life and work of artist Shepard Fairey, going deep into the world of street art and its role in politics and pop culture. Obey Giant follows Fairey’s rise from his roots in punk rock and skateboarding, to his role as one of the most well-known and influential street artists in the world – through his iconic Obama “HOPE” poster and the controversy that surrounds it.
Courtesy of http://www.comingsoon.net/

 

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Salvador Dali – Body exhumed for paternity suit.

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So if you are a Salvador Dali fan like we are here at Gallery Art, you have been following the most recent paternity case involving Pilar Abel, a tarot card reader and fortune teller, who has claimed for many years to be the illegitimate daughter of Dali, who died in 1989.

Abel, who is well-known in Spain as a television psychic, claims that her grandmother said Abel’s mother had an affair with the artist before the fortune tellers birth.

A Madrid judge has ordered Dali’s remains to be exhumed after previous tests failed to provide a viable sample of the artists DNA. These tests were done on fragments of the artists skin and hair that were taken from his death masks. 

More recently, forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali’s embalmed remains to aid the court-ordered paternity test that may enable the woman who says she is the surrealist artist’s daughter to claim part of Dali’s vast estate.

If paternity is established Pilar Abel, could then claim part of the estate worth hundreds of millions of dollars that Dali left to the Spanish estate.

Officials said that the artist’s mummified remains were so well preserved that even his famous mustache had survived the passing of time and remained in “its classic shape of ten past ten,” referring to the hands on a clock.

Dali, who once said “surrealism is me,” is considered one of the founding fathers of the artistic movement. His works in paint, sculpture and cinema, among other disciplines, are shown in museums all over the world and sought by private collectors.

The world is still waiting for the results of this unbelievable paternity test. What are your thoughts on the situation? 

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Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Sells For $7.7 Million

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Sells For $7.7 Million at Sotheby's of London

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Sells For $7.7 Million at Sotheby’s of London

The self-portrait, which recently sold at Sotheby’s for $7.7 million, was one of the first ten self-portraits that Warhol ever created. Renowned up to this point for his candid depictions of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Liz Taylor, a dealer friend encouraged Warhol to explore his own image explaining that many found his persona and his look as interesting as his artwork.

Warhol obtained the source photograph of this self-portrait from a New York City photo-booth. The use of such unconventional source material was, at this time, completely innovative, having himself just pioneered the use of silkscreen printing in art a couple of years previously.

Warhol also used this new medium to create portraits of many celebrities including Ethel Scull – the New York collector. The resultant painting of Scull is now one of the most celebrated works of Warhol’s early career. Scull described how, to create it, Warhol had taken her to a seedy amusement arcade on 42nd Street: “We were running from one booth to another, and he took all these pictures and they were drying all over the place… I was so pleased.”

Andy Warhol's painting titled "Ethel Scull 36 Times" jointly owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Andy Warhol’s painting titled “Ethel Scull 36 Times” jointly owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

More than any artist before him, Warhol’s image, identity, and constructed public persona, were inextricably bound to his art. His self-portraits became the richest and most fertile means for his own self-invention. Starting with this portrait, he turned himself into an icon – as flat, shallow, and immediately identifiable as Elvis, Marilyn, or Liz.

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