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Top Ten Art Forgery Facts

Top Ten Art Forgery Facts From Venable Art Law co-chair, Joshua Kaufman’s lecture, “The Art of Deception: Art Fakes & Forgeries” held at Christie’s Beverly Hills  #1 Art Forgery VS. Collaborating with the Enemy Professor Kaufmann commenced his lecture with the case of notorious Dutch painter Han Van Meegeren, one of the most talented forgers of the twentieth century who was obsessed with the work of Vermeer. After World War II, Van Meegeren was arrested and accused of collaborating with the enemy because he had ostensibly sold Dutch cultural property, a Vermeer painting, to Nazi leader Hermann Göring. This crime carried the ultimate punishment, the death penalty. Van Meegeren confessed that he had, in fact, forged the painting, which carried with it the much lesser charge of one year in prison. According to Kaufman, a dubious judge responded, “Prove it to

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Our hearts are with the people of Paris

Editor’s Note: Leticia Marie Sanchez Devastated to read about the fire at Notre Dame Remembering a peaceful morning stroll this summer with my son from Notre Dame to the bird market. CNN’s latest report is that ”The entire wooden interior of Notre Dame Cathedral has been lost.” https://www.cnn.com/…/nortre-dame-fire-oak…/index.html What a terrible artistic loss. Our hearts are with the people of Paris.    

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This weekend’s MUST SEE- “20th Century Highlights” at Christie’s Beverly Hills

  Culture Lovers, do NOT miss a Cultural Cocktail that blends a dash of David Hockney, a fizz of Frank Stella, and blend of Basquiat. Shaken, Not Stirred. A thrilling artistic experience featuring the works of artists including: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jonas Wood, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol to Balthus, Man Ray, Georgia O’Keefe and Fernand Leger. You will have a chance to view highlights from the Post- War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern and American Art sales, ahead of major New York auctions in May. Together, the exhibition encompasses over $120 million worth of art and represent various collections, including those of S.I. Newhouse and Drue Heinz. Christie’s welcomes all to the exhibition free of admission. CCH selected this as a MUST SEE experience, because when else do you have the chance to view (in one space)

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CCH is reading “Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails to celebrate the novels of Jane Austen”

       Gin Austen: A book that’s Top Shelf! by Leticia Marie Sanchez  The introduction to Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails To Celebrate the Novels of Jane Austen includes a revealing quote from Jane Austen to Cassandra Austen: “I believe I drank too much wine last night at Hurstbourne; I know not else how to account for the shaking of my hand to-day.” Despite being an Austen fan, I never realized how freely drinks flowed at the social engagements during her time. I could not put down the book down, mainly due to the chuckle-factor and wit of Colleen Mullaney. Firstly, the names of the concoctions are hilarious, from Jane’s Addiction to Bloody Elliot to Gin and Bennet to No Weymouth. Secondly, the author integrates, with finesse, the literary works of Jane Austen, with each chapter devoted to novels like Sense and

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Badabing Badaboom: Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Mafia den

Badabing Badaboom  Two Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in home of Naples Mafia boss In honor of Van Gogh’s birthday this week (Happy Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh!) a Flashback to a news story from 3 years ago, 2016, when 2 Pilfered Van Gogh Paintings were found! by Leticia Marie Sanchez Two Vincent Van Gogh paintings that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam fourteen years ago have been recovered in the house of a mafia lord at Castellammare di Stabia, near Naples. The two paintings, Seafront at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in 2002 by thieves who climbed to the roof of the museum using a ladder and then absconded by means of a rope. One of the agile art thieves earned the alias “The Monkey,” and the FBI Art Crime Team

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This week in LA

  Hiking the Poppy Reserve in Lancaster this week, March 2019 “Through the dancing poppies stole a breeze, most softly lulling to my soul.” John Keats All Photography  © 2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez  

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Review: Oscar Rejlander and Reenactment in Contemporary Photography at the Getty Center

Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography On View March 12-June 9, 2019 By Leticia Marie Sanchez With the advent of I-phones, Instagram, and social media, photography is the artistic medium most often at people’s fingertips. Aided by the use of filters, users attempt to curate frothy artistic images out of everyday items like cups of Espresso or Pumpkin Chai. But photography was not always viewed as an artistic medium on par with Fine Arts like painting and sculpture. The Getty Center’s new exhibit Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer sheds light on an artist who became known as “the father of art photography.” The exhibition, curated by Lori Pauli, curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Canada, and Karen Hellman, assistant curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, is comprised of 150 photographs and includes images

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Art and Nature

“Great art picks up where nature ends”- Marc Chagall. On a post-rain walk at the Huntington where clouds combine with Alexander Calder’s sculpture “Jerusalem Stabile“ Photography  © 2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez

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Art News: Is the world’s most expensive painting a fake?

The latest Da Vinci mystery  by Leticia Marie Sanchez The Salvator Mundi, supposedly painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, sold for a staggering $450.3  million at Christie’s in New York was bought by a Saudi prince. Yet rumors have surfaced that the Louvre Abu Dhabi postponed an unveiling of this painting, due to disputes about its authentication. The painting is  set to make a cameo appearance at the Louvre Paris this Fall to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Da Vinci. What is mind-boggling is that this “Da Vinci” was purchased at a Louisiana estate sale in 2005 for a measly $10,000. And tracing its provenance, further, the Kuntz family purchased it in London in 1958 for a mere $120, not as a Da Vinci painting, but instead attributed to the “school of Da Vinci.” * Jonathan Jones’ informative

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On A Winter Walk at Descanso Gardens

On A Winter Walk at Descanso Gardens Photography  © 2019 Leticia Marie Sanchez “Each moment of the year has its own beauty,” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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