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France returns 26 artefacts to Benin – The move follows a rendition report published in France which called on President Macron to take action and definitively return the works of art looted in Africa during colonial rule.

Art collector wins legal battle – The multi-year legal dispute over Leon Golub’s counterfeit paintings has finally come to an end, with collector Andrew Hall winning. The New Hampshire court ordered Hall to be compensated for the bogus works, which he purchased over the past two years from a mother and son who claimed the paintings were originals.

A portrait of young Jesus is discovered – Archaeologists working in Israel’s Negev Desert have discovered a 1,500-year-old portrait of a young Jesus Christ painted on the wall of a Byzantine church. The image depicts the Savior as a boy with short hair, without the flowing locks more typically associated with his face.

Collectors Conquests – A group of budding art collectors told artnet News about their most triumphant acquisitions, their process of building relationships with artists, and how they seek out new talent.

Art Basel-Bound? Here’s what not to miss – Before the art world descends on Miami Beach next week, we’ve rounded up the most exciting exhibitions taking place in the city, along with a host of satellite fairs that will open during Miami Art Week.

Hauser & Wirth launches a research institute – The gallery giant has announced the creation of a non-profit research institute dedicated to the preservation of artists’ archives and to research initiatives, starting with a catalog raisonné Franz Kline.

Go, go, go (for a lot of money)We’ve rounded up the most expensive items ever sold at auction, including a jeweled Barbie doll and a stamp considered “the holy grail” for collectors.

Brazen Thieves boosts a Renoir painting – At the Dorotheum auction house in Vienna, three individuals stole a Renoir landscape painting out of its frame, cutting it directly from the wall. The 19th century painting was valued at over $ 150,000 and the suspects are still at large.

Bill sparks protest from Israeli artists – In an act of defiance, several Israeli artists have burned their own works of art to protest a proposed “cultural loyalty law” which they say comes dangerously close to censorship. The bill would give the government discretionary power to withhold funding for artists and institutions whose work did not advance “principles of the state.”

Museums amass the remains of indigenous peoples – A disturbing reality in the battle for the repatriation of indigenous artifacts and works of art is that in addition to works of art taken from indigenous peoples, the human remains of their ancestors are also piled up in the storage facilities of many museums. .

PETA condemns Badger brushes – It turns out that not all brushes are created the same. PETA Asia has released new information on the insanely cruel ways badger fur brushes are made, and now the animal rights group is calling on major retailers like Blick Art Materials to stop their sales of brushes.

Banksy unauthorized seized – Dozens of works of art were seized from a Brussels exhibition of works by Banksy which is now mired in cross-claims of false ownership between Steve Lazarides, who represented the street artist, and the non-profit association. lucrative organizing the exhibition.

Robert Morris died at 87 – One of the founding members of the minimalist art movement has died at the age of 87. Morris explored various mediums throughout his career, although he is best known for his early sculptural works included in landmark exhibitions such as “Primary Objects.”

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