In a court case with repercussions for the art world and millions of dollars at stake, a US judge ruled Tuesday in favor of an artist who was sued for denying a painting was his. A US District Court judge in Chicago decided that Peter Doig, a world-famous artist who insists he did not create a desert landscape painting, is telling the truth. The man who owns the disputed piece of art, a retired Canadian corrections officer by the name of Robert Fletcher, sued Doig for refusing to acknowledge that the painting is one of his works -- which means its value is significantly diminished. Judge Gary Feinerman ruled that there was "conclusive" evidence that Doig did not paint the disputed work, and that he had the right to say a painting was not his. The facts surrounding the case date back to Canada in the 1970s, when Fletcher met a man named Peter Doige -- spelled with an e -- and watched him study art while jailed for a drug offense. Fletcher says he remembers being impressed by one of Doi
A Royal Collection: the contents of an English Country House goes under the hammer at Bonhams on 11 October. Removed from the familyâ€™s English country residence, surrounded by walled gardens and a private deer park, A Royal Collection offers a wonderful selection of 18th and 19th century English and European furniture, old master paintings, fine carpets and rugs, Silver, Chinese and European works of art and 19th century paintings. The sale is particularly strong in the visual arts, with a wide selection of paintings by British, Dutch, French and American artists. Among these is the top lot, The Lovers by the French Orientalist painter Etienne Dinet (1861â€“1929), estimated at ÂŁ50,000-70,000. Dinet was unusual among Orientalist painters in that he fully embraced Arabic culture, converting to Islam
At the Tribute Celebration for William Chiegoâ€™s 25 years as leader of the McNay Art Museum, Marie Halff, emeritus museum trustee and trustee of the G.A.C. Halff Foundation, announced a $1 million donation to the McNay to establish an endowment for the acquisition of American art. Museum supporters gathered on June 6th to celebrate the vision, intellectual curiosity, and creativity that have defined Dr. Chiegoâ€™s influential 25-year tenure as director of the museum. With this gift, the Halff Foundation honors Dr. Chiegoâ€™s, indelible legacy and dedication which transformed the McNay into an institution recognized internationally by peers and the public. Dr. Chiego, the second director in the museumâ€™s 62-year history retires September 9th. â€śThe G.A.C. Halff Foundation has been a generous supporter of the McNayâ€™s exhibition program for many years, and Marie and her late husband Hugh have
The MusĂ©e cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne is presenting the first museum exhibition in Switzerland of the work of Piero Manzoni (1933â€“1963). Centred on the Achromes â€“ the white monochromes the artist worked on during his brief career (1957â€“ 1963) â€“ the exhibition comprises 70 outstanding works ranging from the famous wrinkled canvases to the final polystyrene pieces, not to mention his few sculptures and works on paper. A major figure on the art scene of the 1950sâ€“1960s, Manzoni enjoys the same status as Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein as one of the most innovative artists of the time. Like them he experimented with monochrome, but took the concept further by opting for the a-chromatic: the very absence of colour. Driven by a determination to free the work of art from the painterly tradition and from the
Paul Kasmin Gallery, Brandon Davis Projects and Jose Mestre announce Bosco Sodi: MalpaĂs, the artistâ€™s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, on view from August 25 through October 8 at 143 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. Curated by Matthew Schum, the exhibition will present a selection of Sodiâ€™s solid clay cubes, volcanic rocks and object paintings. MalpaĂs references the term used in Spanish-speaking regions for a rough and barren landscape, or "badland,â€ť bringing to mind the richly pigmented and textured, monumental paintings for which Bosco Sodi is known. The artist creates dense monochromes using raw pigment mixed with sawdust, wood pulp, natural fibers, and glue, which he applies, layer by layer, to large canvases. As the pieces dry, the surfaces begin to crack. Well-known antecedents of color field painting here telescope into the beauty of badlands, as seen from miles above the earth. The results are aesthetic and otherworldly, like the desert itself.