New Theories on Long-Missing De Kooning, Stonehenge Tunnel War, and More Fresh News

The recovered painting by Willem de Kooning prior to examination by (left) UA Museum of Art Exhibitions Specialist Nathan Saxton, and Kristen Schmidt, Registrar. Image courtesy of University of Arizona Museum of Art


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Investigators are exploring a few left-field theories as to how Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre, missing for 32 years, ended up in a New Mexico home. Valued at $160 million, the painting was stolen in 1985 from the University of Arizona Museum of Art. [Read more from KRQE]
  • Druids don’t like it. Neither do archaeologists and conservationists. Nevertheless, a road tunnel is going to be dug under Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, as a traffic bypass in England’s West Country. [Read more from The Guardian]
  • The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., has ended its four-year relationship with the Smithsonian Institution due to irreconcilable differences on one point in particular. The Berkshire Museum disagreed with the Smithsonian’s decision this summer to sell off some of its art as a means of bolstering its endowment and funding an extensive renovation. [Read more from the Berkshire Eagle]
  • Ever wondered where legendary mystery authors like Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle drew their inspiration? In some cases, it may have been in their genes. [Read more from Jasper52]

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