David D'Arcy

Booksreview

New Man Ray book brings artist's long-hidden Jewish heritage out of the shadows

A study of Man Ray, best known for his photography but also a self-professed painter, explores his barely acknowledged Jewishness and his relationship with Marcel Duchamp

Film review

Disasters sweep across the screen in Nature by Artavazd Peleshian

The first new film in 30 years by the veteran Armenian director, commissioned by the Fondation Cartier, had its premiere at the NY Film Festival this week

Two veteran lawyers from New York's Herrick Feinstein create new firm, Kaye Spiegler—and save on moving fees

The boutique firm will continue to work from the same offices, but wants to take on riskier contingency cases

Through animation and home videos, three films in Toronto try to retrieve a lost Jewish past

The features Charlotte, Where Is Anne Frank, and Three Minutes – A Lengthening give an afterlife to some of the victims of the Holocaust

Hello Kitty, meet Louis Wain: a new film portrays the eccentric life of a cat painter

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the ill-fated Victorian illustrator who can be thanked—or blamed—for the rise of the feline in popular culture

'A thunderstorm of ash and cloud': Artists remember 11 September

On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, artists reflect on how the event has impacted their work

Chuck Close, artist of monumental pictures and a monumental fall, dies at 81

The debate over the artist's place in post-1970 history, quiet since allegations against him were made in 2017, is sure to gather steam

Institutionalising 9/11: The Outsider documents Ground Zero museum’s contentious formation in Facebook premiere

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the attacks, a new film follows the challenges behind the making of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York

Now 62, but still wielding spray paint, Kenny Scharf is filmed by his daughter

The family portrait documentary follows the highs and lows of the street artist’s life and career

Filmsreview

The Lost Leonardo—a solid sceptical documentary—follows the saga of the Salvator Mundi

The documentary film about the world’s most scrutinised painting, by the Danish director Andreas Koefoed, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday

Lawnews

French heir renounces title to Nazi-looted Pissarro painting found in Oklahoma

The Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep will return this summer to the University of Oklahoma, which will seek a French partner for future exchanges

Trevor Paglen warns about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence in new documentary Unseen Skies

“Ways of seeing are never neutral, images have always required a human to interpret them,” the artist says

Revisiting the Gardner heist: no paintings, no arrests, but mobsters galore in new Netflix series

While the four-part documentary retreads well-worn ground, it reminds viewers why the unsolved crime remains so intriguing

Whimsy and memory on cardboard: Bill Traylor documentary assembles the fragments of an extraordinary life

A new film explores the work of the artist born into slavery who gained recognition in his eighties

After major Klimt restitution by France, another work still vexes Vienna

Apple Tree II, once confused for Roses Under the Trees, was returned to the wrong family 20 years ago, leaving the heirs of its original owner facing huge obstacles to get it back

Photographs taken by Nazi camp prisoners remind us of the horrors of the Holocaust in new documentary at Berlin Film Festival

The virtual programme also included features on Tsarist Russian fashion and robot love in the Pergamon Museum

Obituariesfeature

Remembering Richard Feigen, the high-profile dealer with an outsider's straight-talking outlook on the art industry

New York gallerist railed against auction houses, the inflation of prices and reputations, the industrial expansion of the art market, while still doing great business

Family members fall out over Rembrandt stored in a New Jersey basement

An heir of an early owner claims that family members conspired to have it sold without his knowledge

Nuns and refugees feature in this year’s art films at a pared-down Sundance Festival

From Rebel Hearts, a documentary on Los Angeles artist and activist Sister Mary Corita, to Flee, and animated tale of a young gay man’s flight from Afghanistan

'My Rembrandt' documentary lets you look into the privileged club of Old Master owners

From kissing a portrait of a woman on the lips, to cutting a co-buyer out of a bargain, acquiring a rare work by the Dutch painter does not always bring out the best in people

Can mediation save a sharing settlement over Nazi-looted Pissarro?

A Paris court has ordered Léone-Noëlle Meyer and the University of Oklahoma to return to the negotiating table

Museum of the Bible returns hand-written gospels looted from Greece during the First World War

The Eikosiphoinissa Manuscript 220 was among hundreds of objects taken from the Kosinitza Monastery by Bulgarian separatist troops in 1917

Lawnews

US museums groups raise concerns as settlement deal over Nazi-looted Pissarro heads back to court

The work, returned to the French heiress Léone-Noëlle Meyer in 2016, was meant to go back on display at Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum next year

Filmsreview

Letting it all burn: David Wojnarowicz documentary presents the artist through his words and works

A new film on the provocative artist, who died of Aids in 1992 at the age of 37, tells his story through his paintings, photographs, audio and videos

Sue Coe takes on Donald Trump in final Galerie St Etienne show

The artist’s grotesque and violent images of the US president fit in with her works of political and social protest, made since the 1970s

Lawnews

US appeals court rules—with regret—that Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation can keep Nazi-looted Pissarro

Judges noted the Spanish government, which signed the Washington Principles in 1998, “can preen as moralistic in its declarations”, yet not be bound by them

Filmsreview

Helmut Newton, the man whom (some) women loved

A documentary of the photographer, known for his brazen photographs of defiant nude women, is now streaming online

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts axes director Nathalie Bondil after public spat over museum management

Ouster came after the long-serving leader was "sidelined" as a successor took over her duties

Lawnews

Heirs battle estate over $30m Monet painting from Emden collection sold during Nazi era

Le Palais Ducal is at the centre of an ownership dispute that has kept the work from coming to auction

Booksreview

Alexander Calder, master of time and space: erudite biography captures artist's full ambition

Second volume of a wide-ranging biography gives us the fun-loving, sophisticated man, as his work developed from delicate mobiles to firmly grounded ‘stabiles’

Filmsinterview

How a Canadian documentary director got the major players in the Knoedler fakes scandal to speak on camera

Barry Avrich talks to us about his new film Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art, due to be released in theatres this autumn

An abstract parallel universe: documentary on Hilma af Klint released online

Long overlooked and snubbed because of her spiritualism, the Swedish artist is finally getting the recognition—and style credit—she deserves

Art films at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival

From a bio-pic on Italian naïve artist Antonio Ligabue to a documentary on the Berlin Wall fragments in the US

As Nazi objects and fakes enter collectors’ market, should museums show them?

Highly publicised sales and seizures of Nazi memorabilia raise questions about whether such items should be exhibited

Cuzco paintings meet colonial Cuban culture in Allapattah

Founders of museum of Latin American art believe they may also have a work by Raphael

New documentary offers unvarnished view of Clyfford Still

Lifeline/Clyfford Still sheds light on the Abstract Expressionist who despised critics, condemned the work of his contemporaries, and was admired by many

Filmsreview

In Redoubt, Matthew Barney retells an ancient myth in a survivalist American landscape

The artist’s new film is visually spectacular but with a current of politics underneath

Lawnews

Who really owns this Schiele watercolour Portrait of the Artist's Wife?

A three-way battle is brewing in New York courts as the heirs of two Holocaust victims take on the work’s current owner

Met's “Riverbank” row rages over attribution debate

Experts prepare to fight it out at the Metropolitan as the painting bought from artist-collector C.C. Wang goes on display

Art films worth seeing from the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Claes Bang takes the lead in two art dramas, while Cunningham dances through the decades

Robert Frank, the foreigner who framed America in photographs, dies aged 94

Swiss-born photographer, best know for his series The Americans, had a wide and enduring impact on photography

Trump opens door to restitution claims on art seized by Cuba

While the president is the first to allow Title III of Helms-Burton Act to be used, some whose collections were taken doubt it will have an impact

Into the cluttered maze of a packrat photographer

“Jay Myself” captures an artist and collector in his overflowing six-storey home

Rediscovering Ida, the lesser-known O’Keeffe

A show opening at the Clark Art Institute reveals how Georgia O’Keeffe thwarted her sister’s career in art

Nazi lootarchive

Seattle Art Museum sues New York dealers Knoedler

The heirs of Parisian dealer Paul Rosenberg demand the return of a Matisse stolen during World War II

Photograph using ‘redface’ pulled from Brooklyn show

The work by the Taiwanese artist Ching-Yao Chen features him and three women wearing feathers, buckskin and body paint

Speaking frankly: Robert Frank on his work and life

A documentary originally made in 2004 about the Swiss-American photographer and film-maker finally opens in US theaters 15 years later

'Selling everything but the wallpaper'—auction reopens old wounds over Barnes legacy

Barnes Foundation’s sale of founder’s items follows nominal payment for lease of valuable land

Venezuelan art market fractured as coup erupts in Caracas

Once the cultural darling of South America, the country's capital is now a shadow of its former glory as artists and dealers struggle in the face of a military uprising

A 'missed opportunity'? US seeks to return painting looted by Nazis to Ukraine

Questions are being raised about how the work ended up in the US and why such a public seizure is being pursued now

Michele Oka Doner finds fertile ground as the New York Botanical Garden’s new artist in residence

The Miami-born, New York-based artist known for her richly botanical works hints at “raves” and a departure from the expected kind of art installation as she digs in to the 250-acre landscape

Double Jeopardy? US dealer fights extradition to Poland, for the second time

Alexander Khochinsky’s lawyer calls the country’s actions over a €10,000 looted painting “aggressive and disproportionate” and says his client will not get a fair trial in the “illiberal democracy”

Ruben Brandt, Collector is an animated art heist film bursting with references

The comedy is clever, playful and inventive—although the car chases are never-ending

Fake Marsden Hartley found in medical giant’s collection points to a larger scandal

Abbott Laboratories suspects fakes found their way into its collection during conservation process

A man-made landscape is writ large on the screen in Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

After its US premier at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the visually stunning documentary heads to Berlin

Cataloguing Egon Schiele: a digital work in progress

Online database allows scholars to make rapid connections between works

Austria returns wrong Klimt to wrong family

Painting of apple trees is pulled from exhibition after admission that its restitution was a mistake

Gael García Bernal’s new film Museo turns Mexico’s biggest art heist into a madcap caper

The Spanish-launguage movie follows two middle-class flunkies who somehow pulled off one the largest antiquities thefts in modern-day history

David D'Arcy. in Toronto

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