PARIS (AP) – William Klein, an American photographer whose innovative portraiture style strongly influenced fashion and street photography in the second half of the 20th century, has died at 96.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle returned to the White House on September 7 for the unveiling of official portraits with a modern vibe: him standing expressionless against a white background and her seated on a sofa in the Red Room wearing a formal light blue dress.
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago/Wright announces that Chicago auction house Toomey & Co. will join the brand, building on the company’s continued momentum and growth in the industry. As with Rago/Wright’s 2021 partnership with LA Modern Auctions (LAMA), Toomey & Co. will maintain its name while all four houses work together to share technology, expertise and marketing efforts. Based in the suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, the Toomey & Co. office and galleries will relocate to Wright’s Chicago headquarters at 1440 W. Hubbard St. in the fall.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal agents in Memphis have seized a potentially 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact that was shipped in from Europe.
SAO PAULO (AP) – It took nearly a decade of renovations, but finally one of Brazil’s most popular museums is reopening as part of the country’s bicentennial celebrations.
BERLIN (AP) – An American court has thrown out a lawsuit against a German museum foundation about a medieval treasure trove that was filed by heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers, saying that the U.S. lacked jurisdiction to hear such a lawsuit.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Tehran’s contemporary art museum has issued an apology and temporarily closed to handle a pest infestation, raising concerns after footage of insects scuttling across world-famous work spread widely on social media.
ROME (AP) – On August 18, Italian environmental activists staged a second museum protest in as many months, gluing their hands to the base of one of the Vatican Museums’ most important ancient sculptures, the Laocoon.
ROME (AP) – Italy has been so successful in recovering ancient artworks and artifacts that were illegally exported from the country that it has created a museum for them. The Museum of Rescued Art now operates in a cavernous structure that is part of Rome’s ancient Baths of Diocletian. The Octagonal Hall exhibition space was designed to showcase Italy’s efforts, through patient diplomacy and court challenges, to get valuable antiquities returned to Italy, often after decades in foreign museums or private collections.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) – Unionized workers at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, frustrated with the progress of contract negotiations, have authorized a one-day strike for later this week.