Category Archives: Art News

Yale moves to drop museum suits

Yale moves to drop museum suits Nora Caplan-Bricker – Yale Daily News – October 27, 2009

The University filed one motion Oct. 5 to dismiss Pierre Konowaloff’s claim to ownership of “The Night Café,” a painting by Vincent Van Gogh housed in the permanent collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, and another on Oct. 16 to dismiss the Republic of Peru’s suit for the return of Inca artifacts housed in the Peabody Museum of Natural History.


Yale Fight for Van Gogh’s ‘Night Cafe’ May Open More Battles


The great-grandson of collector Ivan Morozov, from whom Van Gogh’s ‘Night Cafe’ was stolen by the Bolshevik government after the 1917 revolution,  has filed suit against Yale claiming rightful ownership.

So whose is it? That turns on the legitimacy of the Bolshevik government and its acts: a matter for international lawyers. Though, I might add, if the world’s museums were to disgorge all the works that have in the past been stolen by armies or expropriated by revolutionary regimes there are going to be an awful lot of gaps. The National Gallery in London and the Hermitage both have works looted by Napoleonic troops; the Louvre and Prado are full of works from the collection of Charles I, sold off by Cromwell’s government. And so on, and on.

Yale Fight for Van Gogh’s ‘Night Cafe’ May Open More Battles Martin Gayford Bloomberg 6/30/09


Yale sues to keep “The Night Cafe”

Picture from Dannman’s

Yale sues to keep artwork – Danika Fears and Harrison Korn – Yale Daily News – March 25, 2009

Yale filed suit Monday against Pierre Konowaloff, who claims to be the rightful owner of Vincent van Gogh’s renowned 1888 painting “The Night Café,” which is housed in the Yale University Art Gallery.

According to the suit, filed in the United States District Court in Connecticut, Konowaloff claims to be the heir of Ivan Morozov, a Russian aristocrat who owned the painting in 1918. Last July, Konowaloff’s attorney sent a letter to Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery, threatening legal action, according to the suit. Yale will fight to keep the painting, Reynolds told the News on Tuesday night.


Inaugural show at the new School of Art Gallery

Thomas McDonald for The New York Times

“The inaugural show in the gallery, ‘Shifting Shapes — Unstable Signs,’ brings to New Haven works by 13 artists and one artists’ collective from India and the Indian diaspora. It was organized by Mr. Storr and Jaret Vadera, a student in the School of Art, and focuses on works that manipulate signs and symbols of cultural, national and gender identity. All told it is a handsome, thoughtful exhibition that feels both relevant and timely.”

“Shifting Shapes — Unstable Signs,” the School of Art Gallery, Yale University School of Art, 32 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, through Feb. 27. Information: (203) 432-2605.

For a Fresh Gallery Space, Contemporary Indian Art Benjamin Genocchio NYT 2/20/09

More here, here and here.

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‘Newly found’ Caravaggios on show



Two newly discovered paintings by the Italian artist Caravaggio will go on display in Scotland for the first time.The pictures were among several cleaned in a conservation studio for the exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery at Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse.

During that process, specialists found that two paintings thought to be copies of lost originals had actually been painted by the 17th Century artist.

‘Newly found’ Caravaggios on show BBC News 11/12/08

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First Doubt

“My morning at the press preview of ‘First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography’ was like something out of an episode of ‘Gossip Girl.’”

Trust your first doubt at YUAG Lauren Motzkin Yale Daily News October 10, 2008

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Lia Halloran, “Dark Skate”

Dark Skate/Backyard, Courtesy DCKT Contemporary

Lia Halloran is not your typical skater girl. The daughter of a scientist, she was featured in Thrasher magazine at age 16, and went on to get an M.F.A. from Yale University’s department of painting and printmaking. These cosmic forces collided when she received a grant to study the night sky with scientists in Chile in 2000.

Lia Halloran, “Dark Skate” Time Out New York Sept 4-10, 2008

Check out some of Halloran’s work at DCKT Contemporary here.

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