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A BRITISH DISPATCH.Police in Brusselsrecovered four paintingsthat were stolen earlier this year from the official residence of the British ambassador to NATO in the Belgian capital, theSpectator’s gossip columnist says. TheForeign Officedid not comment. The works reportedly recovered, on loan from theGovernment Art Collection, are byHenry Marvell Carr,Derek Clarke,Frederick Gore, andClaude Maurice Roger. Meanwhile, the inimitableMelvyn Bragg, aka Baron Bragg, CH, HonFRS, FRSL, FBA,devoted the latest episodeof his BBC discussion showIn Our Timeto the pioneering Impressionist painterBerthe Morisot, and was joined by art scholarsTamar Garb,Lois Oliver, andClaire Moran. Next spring, theDulwich Picture Galleryin London will present what is being billed as the first major U.K. show on Morisot.
ARTIST UPDATE, BLOCKBUSTER EDITION.It is an absolutely huge day for artist profiles. The wilyMarcel Dzama, who has an exhibition atDavid Zwirnerin London on deck, is in theGuardian.Narsiso Martinez, who now has a show at theMuseum of Latin American Artin Long Beach, California, is in theNew York Times.Torkwase Dyson, who has a new show atPacein New York, is in theTimes, too.Hernan Bas, who opens an exhibition next week atVictoria Miroin London, is inApollo.Sterling Rubyjust opened a show withGagosianin New York, and tookWallpaperaround his 110,000-square-foot Los Angeles studio. AndJaume Plensa—with work now on view at theYorkshire Sculpture Parkin England and thePicasso Museumin Antibes, France—is in theSouth China Morning Post. “I think beauty is the soul of art,” he said.
ThePeabody MuseumatHarvard Universityapologized for keeping in its collections hair samples taken from some 700 Native American children who were forced to attend government boarding schools in the 1930s. It said it would return the hair to family members of the children or their tribes.[The New York Times]
TheJ. Paul Getty Trusthas given $1 million to help preserve museums, libraries, and other cultural sites in Ukraine, partnering with theInternational Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas, which has committed $3 million to such efforts.[The Art Newspaper]
ArtBinder, the tech startup whose software for managing art inventories is used by many leading galleries, has been acquired byVolaris Group, which is part of the Canadian giantConstellation Software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.[Artnet News]
Police arrested a man for allegedly throwing soup on a painting at theCrawford Art Galleryin Cork, Ireland, on Thursday evening. A museum official said that the damage to the work, which has not been identified, was minimal. The suspect’s possible motivations are not yet known.[The Irish Times]
Golden State Warriors starAndre Iguodalaand his wife,Christina, have filled their home in the San Francisco Bay Area with art by artists likeOdili Donald Odita,Sadie Barnette,Isaac Julien,Hebru Brantley, andElisa Gomez.[Architectural Digest]
In case you missed it: Art once owned by the late billionaire tech legendPaul Allensold on Wednesday atChristie’sin New York for $1.5 billion, the largest auction total in history. New records were set for a whopping 20 artists, includingGustav KlimtandAndrew Wyeth.Angelica VillaandDaniel Cassadyhave a full report.[ARTnews]
DESIRE.Letters that musician, painter, and Nobel laureateBob Dylanwrote to his high-school sweetheart in the late 1950s will be offered atRR Auctionwithan opening bid of $250,000, theAssociated Pressreports. At one point in the material, the then-Robert “Bob” Zimmerman apparently mulls changing his name to Little Willie or Elston. (Not quite as catchy!) He also says he wants to sell one million records. As theAPpoints out, he ended up being quite a bit more successful, with sales now totaling 125 million.[The Associated Press]