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FBI recovers stolen Marc Chagall painting 30 years after heist

Along-lost Marc Chagall painting, stolen almost 30 years ago, has been recovered from the attic of a man connected to Bulgarian organized crime, according to new court filings.


Personnel from the FBI’s Art Crime Team handling the recovered Chagall painting, “Othello and Desdemona.” Credit: FBI

The artwork “Othello and Desdemona,” which was taken from a New York apartment during a heist in 1988, was retrieved in Maryland by the FBI’s Art Crime Team after the man himself alerted investigators to its whereabouts.

Depicting characters from Shakespeare’s “Othello,” the 1911 painting was one of a number of artworks stolen from the Manhattan home of Ernest and Rose Heller, art collectors who have since passed away. According to news reports from the time, the couple also lost jewelry, sculptures, silverware and carpets in the heist. It was “a lifetime of collecting,” Ernest told UPI news agency after the robbery.


The artwork “Othello and Desdemona,” which was taken from a New York apartment during a heist in 1988. A label, found on the back of the painting, says that artwork was exhibited at the Kunsthaus Zurich museum in Switzerland. Credit: FBI

“It was an inside job,” said Art Crime Team investigator Marc Hess, in an FBI news release. “A person who had regular access to the building was stealing from apartments while the tenants were away.”


The recovered “Othello and Desdemona” was created during the early part of Chagall’s career. Credit: FBI

After finding a potential buyer, the man discovered that the thief intended to cut him out of the deal, so he kept the painting, court papers say. It was then stored in an attic for almost three decades in a homemade wooden box marked “Misc. High School artwork.”

It is understood that the man attempted, on more than one occasion, to sell the painting to a Washington, D.C. gallery. Suspicious of the lack of authentication documents, the gallery’s owner suggested that the seller call law enforcement.

According to the New York Times, the Maryland man is 72 and suffering from a terminal illness. The paper quotes Hess as saying that the decision to involve the FBI was “partially motivated by his imminent demise.”

Painting set for auction

Chagall, a Franco-Russian artist of Belarusian heritage, is considered to be a pioneer of the modernist movement. His paintings have previously attracted large sums at auction, with the 1928 work “Les Amoureux” selling for more than $28 million last year – an auction record for the artist.

The recovered “Othello and Desdemona,” which was created during the early part of Chagall’s career, is expected to sell for significantly less. Nonetheless, preliminary estimates place the artwork’s value between $700,000 and $900,000, according to Christopher Marinello of Art Recovery International, the firm representing the insurance company that paid out on the initial theft. “We really need to assess the condition of the work,” he said in a phone interview. “It looks a little bit roughed up (in photos) but it’s still in much, much better shape than we expected.

“It’s clearly an early work, and I don’t want to disparage the painting in any way, but it’s not my favorite. But I’m sure – given that it has such an incredible provenance and incredible history – that it will find a happy home.”

Federal prosecutors are now set to return the painting to the Heller family. After being assessed by the Chagall Committee, the organization that controls the artist’s estate, the painting will then be auctioned off, Marinello said. Some of the proceeds are expected to go to the insurance company – which, at the time of the theft, paid approximately $100,000 to the victims – as well as to non-profit groups supported by the family’s estate.

With the statute of limitations now expired, no charges are expected against the thief or the Maryland man, neither of whom are named in court filings. The man suspected of stealing the painting has already been convicted of crimes “related to the theft and sale of other works of art stolen from other apartment buildings,” according to court documents.

“As the FBI returns this painting to the estate of its proper owners, we do so with the purpose of preserving history,” said bureau official Nancy McNamara, in a Department of Justice news statement. “This piece of artwork is of significance not just for its monetary value, but for its place in the world of art and culture.”

Marinello commended the FBI and US Attorney’s Office for pursuing the case beyond the statute of limitations. “Obviously law enforcement agencies like to get arrests, and that’s not always possible in a 30-year-old case, which is why many (of them) dismiss these very cold cases,” he said. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still victims.

“For the FBI and the Justice Department to aid those victims 30 years later is just astounding. And it sends a very clear message to criminals everywhere that you can’t relax and rest if you’re in possession of stolen works of art.”

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Gallery Art Fine Art Social Media Photo Contest.

During this week post the best photos of You and Your Fine Art Pieces purchased @ Gallery Art on social media using hashtag #GALLARTFineArt, tagging your photo(s) to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page, for your chance to win a ROMERO BRITTO “FUN BEAR SCULPTURE” & MATT GONDEK “NUCLEAR FAMILY” PRINT ON SOMERSET! 

Entries are accepted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram using #GALLARTFineArt. The contest begins on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, at 2:00pm and concludes on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 2:30pm. The winner will be announced @ GallArt’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page!

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Gallery Art Fine Art Social Media Photo Contest – Rules & Conditions 







Gallery Art Fine Art Social Media Photo Contest – Rules & Conditions

Gallery Art Fine Art Social Media Photo Contest. Rules & Conditions.

No payment of any kind is necessary to participate in or win the GallArt Fine Art Social Media Photo Contest. Minors must ask their parent or legal guardian to participate. If a participant is a minor, his or her parent or legal guardian agrees to these official rules along with and on behalf of his or her minor child. In order to win any prize, the parent of a minor must submit a written consent form prior to the award of the prize.

  1. Eligibility: Gallery Art’s Fine Art Social Media Photo Contest is open to anyone residing in the United States who is not employed with Gallery Art. Employees of Gallery Art and members of the immediate families (parent, child or sibling) or households of any such employees, are not eligible to enter.
  2. Contest Period: The Contest Period begins on Tuesday April 10th, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends on Tuesday April 17th, 2018 at 2:30pm EST.
  3. How to Enter: During the Contest Period, you may enter the Contest by uploading photos taken of you and your fine art pieces purchased from Gallery Art, Aventura, Florida, to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GALLARTFineArt, tagging your photos to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page. Multiple entries are allowed. Only entries with the referenced hashtag will be considered.
  4. Selection of Winners: 1 winner will be selected on April 17th, 2018. Winners will be chosen by a review committee created by Gallery Art. Judging will be subjective and based on the quality and content of the photo shared on social media. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.
  5. Winner Verification and Notification: The Contest Winner will be notified via Gallery Art’s social media pages at or after 2:30pm, via comment on the winning post. Winner does not need to be present to win. If the winner does not claim their prize on said date, they will be allowed to pick it up the following week at Gallery Art, located at 20633 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, Florida 33180. Winner will be required to complete, sign and return a Social Media Contest Hold Harmless Form before the prize is claimed. By participating in this contest, entrants consent to the use of the entrant’s name, photograph, likeness, voice and/or video for promotional purposes, including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and any other publication at the Gallery Art’s discretion, without limitation and without additional compensation except where prohibited by law. In the event of a conflict between the entry instruction and these contest rules, these contest rules shall control.
  6. Prize: One chosen winner will each receive the following prize: one (1) ROMERO BRITTO, “FUN BEAR SCULPTURE”, 6X5X3 INCHES; with stamp signature on lower left paw. Comes in new & sealed box, Certificate of Authenticity included; & (1) MATT GONDEK, “NUCLEAR FAMILY” PRINT ON SOMERSET, 13X19 INCHES, hand signed by the artist, Certificate of Authenticity included. Gallery Art is not responsible for any delay, cancellation or rescheduling of any contest and no substitution or compensation shall be awarded. Gallery Art reserves the right to not award the prize associated with that canceled contest without any payment or obligation to the winner or potential winner. Gallery Art reserves the right to substitute a prize, in whole or in part, with another prize (or prize component) of equal or greater value or alternatively, may substitute such prize with a comparable prize or like at the Gallery Art’s discretion. Winner(s) must present official identification prior to being awarded the prize.
  7. General Rules: Gallery Art reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and/or to cancel, modify or suspend this Constest should entrant fraud or misconduct or other causes beyond the control of the Gallery corrupt the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the Contest. The Gallery is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize. Each entrant releases and agrees to hold Gallery Art harmless from and against any and all claims and liability arising from or in connection with participation in this Contest. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Gallery Art is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, blocked, delayed, technical or human errors in submitting a contest entry.
  8. Use of Entry Information: Gallery Art will not use submitted information for any purpose other than to contact the potential winners and include them in our e-newsletter members’ list.
  9. Photo Release: Gallery Art and its authorized employees may use any photos submitted to this contest in future Gallery Art sponsored brochures, posters, websites, social media, pamphlets, newspaper, GallArt’s advertisements and/or any other promotional materials. The participants of this contest agree to give permission for photographs to be used in future promotional materials by the Gallery and agree that photographs, pictures, slides, movies or videos may be used in connection with participation in the contest without any compensation from Gallery Art or the owner and employees and you agree to hereby consent to the use of said photographs, pictures, slides, movies, or videos for any legal purpose.

Custom Framing Your Most Treasured Moments & Pieces of Fine Art

Custom framing enhances and preserves the high quality of your favorites moments and pieces of fine art.

You create and collect memories throughout life of special events, such as school plays, graduations, vacations with family, weddings, birthdays, major work milestones, and other meaningful life events. These memories with the people you love, you like to photograph and display on your walls at home or office. If you are an art lover, you like to collect artworks throughout the year.

Now, why custom framed your memories and your art collection?

The damage that artworks and high resolution photographs can suffer due to the ultraviolet light is avoidable with proper framing. The ultraviolet light lowers the quality of your photographs and arts. An important factor of custom framing is that it uses a special UV glass to protect your high quality pieces, ensuring its longevity.  Additionally, it helps your set of photographs and collection of art look much more captivating.  Due to all the possible colors and designs, you can ensure the aesthetic balance within your spaces. Custom framing helps you relive time after time, the pleasant feelings of your treasured moments and arts in a highly exquisite and magnified way.


Here are a few samples of the most popular framing selections from the thousands of combinations available. To find out more, visit custom framing section.

Unique and professional framing options

To uniquely design your frames to match each given space, you have many possibilities. One popular example of custom framing is the “floater frame”. This type of framing displays the full surface of a picture or artwork printed on canvas in such a way that it appears to “float” inside it, without touching. Besides giving you a full view of the image, it adds a three-dimensional touch to it, catching the attention of many eyes.

Another alternative to ensure your memories and art pieces are a center of attraction, is to mat them properly inside the frame. A mat provides a buffer between your photograph and what surrounds it, allowing the eye to see it with fewer distractions. Mat framing, as well as floater framing, can be ordered in a wide array of colors and be cut to fit any size photo or artwork.

Every piece has its unique needs for reasons of enhancement and preservation. Conserving the high quality of your pieces, with museum quality standard frames will help them last a lifetime.

For more information, email us at or call us at 305.932.6166. Gallery Art’s custom framing experts can help you determine the best kind for your type of art or photograph.

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The Arts Add More Than $760 Billion Per Year to the U.S. Economy, a New Study Says

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The arts add more to the U.S. economy than agriculture and transportation.

The arts sector contributes more than you might expect to the U.S. economy, says a new report released by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts. It plays a critical role in creating a vibrant, thriving economy, in defining civic identity, and in building engaged and connected communities. The top arts and culture industries include performing arts companies and independent artists, writers, and performers; arts‐related retail trade, such as art galleries, book stores, and music stores; broadcasting (excluding sports); motion picture industries; publishing (excluding Internet); and creative advertising services.

The arts currently generate $763.6 billion per year or 4.2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the new data; they employ 4.9 million workers across the nation with earnings of more than $370 billion; exporting $20 billion more than what they import.

“The robust data presented in the report show through hard evidence how and where arts and culture contribute value to the economies of communities throughout the nation,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu in a statement. “The data confirm that the arts play a meaningful role in our daily lives, including through the jobs we have, the products we purchase, and the experiences we share.”

This tells us that the arts remain a valuable and desirable commodity for U.S. consumers and that they are a strong contributor to America’s economic vitality.

Arts & Cultural percentages by states

A map showing the percentages of state economies that are made up by arts and culture. Image courtesy of the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Adjusted for inflation, economic activity related to arts and culture increased 4.9 percent nationwide in 2015, and 2.6 percent on average between 2012 and 2015. Meanwhile, 45 states and the State of Florida saw growth in the arts and cultural industries in 2015.

Here are a few more compelling facts highlighted in the report:

  • In 2013, arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the US economy, or 4.23 percent of GDP, more than some other sectors, such as construction, with $619 billion, and utilities, with $270 billion.
  • In 2015, the arts and cultural sector added $763.6 billion, four times as much money to the country’s economy than agriculture, and $200 billion more than transportation or warehousing.
  • Currently, Washington and Utah have the country’s fastest-growing arts economies.
  • Among the states, the arts account for the largest share of Washington’s economy, 7.9 percent or $35.6 billion.
  • On the strength of film and television production, California’s art economy brings in the most money among the states, with $174.6 billion, for an even seven percent overall.
  • New York ranks second in both categories, with the arts bringing in $114.1 billion, or 7.8 percent of its economy. The state’s 462,584 arts workers earned a collective $46.7 billion in 2015.
  • The largest rural arts economies are in North Carolina and Tennessee, each with value-added from their respective rural areas totaling more than $13 billion.
  • Performing arts companies and presenters in Florida contributed $1.1 billion for performing arts companies and $646 million for performing arts presenters, 25 percent above the national rate.
  • Delaware relies the least on the arts, which make up just 1.3 percent of the state’s economy or $900 million.
  • In 2015, independent artists, writers, and performers contributed $22 billion.
  • Fine arts education services are on the rise, with a 2.4 percent increase in 2015, following 5.1 percent growth the previous year.
  • When it comes to building new arts facilities, Georgia is ahead of the curve, with a 37.1 percent average increase in cultural construction between 2012 and 2015.
  • Bolstered by the Smithsonian and other federal museums and monuments, arts and culture make up 8.4 percent or $10.2 billion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Washington, DC – more than any individual state.
  • Museums added $5.3 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015, while fine arts schools generated $3.4 billion.

The findings show us that the arts generate a significant drive to the country’s economic growth and development, creating a ripple effect when supporting the U.S. economy, as well as building more connected communities, elevating the quality of life, and defining regional and civic identity.

Gallery Art is a proud and active sponsor of the arts for over 20 years. In partnership with our customers, art lovers and collectors from around the world and across the nation, we will continue to focus in supporting and strengthening this vibrant sector and its many talented workers. 

For more information, email us at or call us at 305-932-6166. 

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Sources: Artnet News, Bureau of Economic Analysis – U.S. Department of Commerce,, National Endowment for the Arts.





From Andy Warhol to Zao Wou-Ki, Here Are the 100 Most-Searched Artists in the World of Fine Art


Among the expected names there are several that will surprise you!

Who are the most-searched artists in the World of Fine Art?
Every day, thousands of art lovers & collectors search for hundreds of artists. Their habits offer a sometimes surprising snapshot of shifting market interest and popularity.

The top names, of course, read like a blue-chip hall of fame. Unsurprisingly given his popularity, influence, market value, and remarkable productivity, Pablo Picasso, occupies the top spot. He is followed by Andy Warhol. Boosted by a very lively print market, Marc Chagall comes in third. Only one sculptor Alexander Calder and two living artists Gerhard Richter and Damien Hirst managed to crack the top 10.

The list contains a notable absence of diversity in terms of the artists’ gender, race, and chosen medium. There are only seven women Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman, Jeanne-Claude, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Louise Bourgeois. Georgia O’Keeffe, whose work is the most expensive by a female artist ever sold at auction, is noticeably absent from the list.

Meanwhile, the list contains only one African American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, six Asian artists Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Zao Wouki, Yoshitomo Nara, Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and two Latin American artists Fernando Botero and Vic Muniz. Only nine artists work primarily in a medium other than painting.
But there are some surprises, too. The Hungarian-French Op artist Victor Vasarely (who comes in at number 36) and the French expressionist Bernard Buffet (37) are more frequently searched than Cy Twombly (38), Francis Bacon (39), and Cindy Sherman (40). The French cityscape painter Maurice Utrillo (75) also makes an unexpected appearance. There are also notable omissions. Contemporary art superstars including Rudolf Stingel, Mark Grotjahn, Mark Bradford, and Peter Doig failed to make the list entirely.

See who made the cut below:
1. Pablo Picasso
2. Andy Warhol
3. Marc Chagall
4. Joan Miró
5. Roy Lichtenstein
6. Alexander Calder
7. Gerhard Richter
8. Salvador Dalí
9. Henri Matisse
10. Damien Hirst
11. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
12. Lucio Fontana
13. Jean-Michel Basquiat
14. Henry Moore
15. Fernand Léger
16. Jean Dubuffet
17. David Hockney
18. Keith Haring
19. Ed Ruscha
20. Claude Monet
21. Tom Wesselmann
22. Yayoi Kusama
23. Robert Rauschenberg
24. Alberto Giacometti
25. Sam Francis
26. Edgar Degas
27. Willem de Kooning
28. Richard Prince
29. Auguste Rodin
30. Frank Stella
31. Jeff Koons
32. Jasper Johns
33. Arman
34. Raoul Dufy
35. René Magritte
36. Victor Vasarely
37. Bernard Buffet
38. Cy Twombly
39. Francis Bacon
40. Cindy Sherman
41. Max Ernst
42. Georges Braque
43. Sol LeWitt
44. Camille Pissarro
45. Man Ray
46. Robert Motherwell
47. Karel Appel
48. Takashi Murakami
49. Fernando Botero
50. Kees van Dongen
51. Donald Judd
52. Sigmar Polke
53. Henri deToulouse-Lautrec
54. Zao Wou-Ki
55. Yves Klein
56. Jim Dine
57. Pierre Bonnard
58. Rembrandt van Rijn
59. Christopher Wool
60. Wassily Kandinsky
61. Amedeo Modigliani
62. Maurice de Vlaminck
63. Yoshitomo Nara
64. Robert Indiana
65. Banksy
66. Christo and Jeanne-Claude
67. Alighiero Boetti
68. Josef Albers
69. Vik Muniz
70. Antoni Tàpies
71. Joseph Beuys
72. Paul Klee
73. Jean (Hans) Arp
74. Alex Katz
75. Maurice Utrillo
76. Roberto Matta
77. Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita
78. George Condo
79. Hiroshi Sugimoto
80. Robert Mapplethorpe
81. Joan Mitchell
82. Wayne Thiebaud
83. Mark Rothko
84. Egon Schiele
85. Georg Baselitz
86. Andreas Gursky
87. Francis Picabia
88. Emil Nolde
89. Helen Frankenthaler
90. Ansel Adams
91. Irving Penn
92. Richard Diebenkorn
93. Paul Cézanne
94. Niki de Saint Phalle
95. Giorgio de Chirico
96. Paul Gauguin
97. Anselm Kiefer
98. Lucian Freud
99. Edvard Munch
100. Louise Bourgeois

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Source: Artnetnews 



Happy International Women’s Day

Ken Hendel and the staff at Gallery Art want to wish all the wonderful women Happy International Women’s Day! Gallery Art is very proud of the many Female Artists we have in our collection. To help you honor the phenomenal women in your life, we’ve compiled a list of inspiring and empowering paintings by women and for women. Visit to view more works by these artists and many more!

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Helen Frankenthaler – SPOLETO


Alexandra Nechita – FRAGRANCE OF A HAPPY HOME, 2005


Louise Nevelson – UNTITLED




Carole Feuerman – SERENA WITH PINK CAP


Carole Feuerman – SHOWER PORTRAIT (Blue)


Alexandra Nechita – LET PEACE SET YOU FREE (Embellished)


Kiki Kogelnik – LADY WITH HAT


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