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In the news: The missing Caravaggio and “the Pizza Connection”

 The missing Caravaggio and the “Pizza Connection” By Leticia Marie Sanchez A pilfered painting by Caravaggio has been in the news this month, thanks to an article from Smithsonian magazine that offers new clues to the art mystery. The missing 17th century work, the Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence is on the FBI’s list of Top Ten Art Crimes. The painting was stolen in 1969 from the Oratorio di San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily where it hung above the altar. One theory posits that the painting ended up in the hands of Gaetano Badalamenti, a mobster who spent his last seventeen years in prison as the leader of a “pizza connection” drug trafficking ring.  Other hypotheses include that the painting was gnawed by rats, damaged in a fire, or left in deserted farmhouse. According to Smithsonian, Gaetano Badalamenti, the mobster who ran

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In the news: Rembrandt found under ping pong table fetches millions

 Three brothers from New Jersey discovered a valuable Rembrandt under their Ping Pong Table. Better than finding toxic mold! Here is the news link: http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2018/01/how_an_old_painting_turned_out_to_be_a_11_million.html

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In the news: Classical Music to be played in north London to reduce crime

  by Leticia Marie Sanchez In Broadwater Farm, an area of North London, Adam Weber, a 23 year old constable in charge of law and order, will be playing Beethoven and Mozart in an effort to reduce crime. In the past the Broadwater Farm region was plagued by riots and violence, and Weber is hoping that classic music will have a similar effect to the use of music on the London Underground, where music was blared from speakers in 40 stations. In the subway experiment, Weber revealed that incidents of verbal and physical aggression were reduced during the time period when the music was played. As Bernard Berenson observed in 1952 at  Villa I Tatt in Florence, “Without art, visual, verbal and musical our world would have remained a jungle.” For more details, please read: http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/classical-music-broadwater-farm/

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In the news: Selfies and artistic collateral damage

Selfies: Artistic Collateral Damage? by  Leticia Marie Sanchez One cannot deny the preponderance of selfies in today’s art world. One cannot enter a gallery, museum, or even concert venue without encountering a selfie taker, some more subtle and considerate than others. Taking a selfie as a souvenir of an artistic experience is one thing. What is disconcerting is when I-phones become Weapons of Mass Destruction. Unfortunately, the latest artistic destruction caused by a selfie apparently occurred this summer at the 14th Factory, a pop-up gallery in Los Angeles, where a clumsy student taking a selfie caused more than $200,000 worth of damage to a series of crowned pedestals by Hong Kong based multimedia artist Simon Birch. Birch decided not to press charges against the individual because 1) she was a student and 2) it was an accident. In a statement released by Birch, the artist

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In the news: Jackson Pollock painting found in garage?!

A man apparently found a painting allegedly done by Jackson Pollock in his garage. When the Arizona man called an auctioneer to appraise a signed Laker poster valued at $300, the auctioneer stumbled upon a painting possibly worth 15 million. The tale and provenance involve a New York Socialite, a Scottsdale garage, and a tenacious art appraiser. It seems as though the Laker fan may have found himself a real slam dunk. For the news story, please read CNN’s coverage here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/us/lost-jackson-pollock-painting-garage-trnd/index.html

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Strolling through a Sea of Picassos; “States of Mind”- A Must See Exhibit at the Norton Simon

Review: “States of Mind” at the Norton Simon October 14, 2016- February 13, 2017  By Leticia Marie Sanchez The act of artistic creation is often a mystifying process, in which a mysterious alchemy of genius, inspiration, and hours of labor combine to form the masterpieces that we see hanging on museum walls today. Although we may be connoisseurs and consumers of output, it is rare to have an opportunity to view the artistic process firsthand. Strolling through a sea of Picassos at the Norton Simon one is struck by the ability to have a window into an artist’s thoughts and vision. Unlike oil paint, which covers the artist’s work, the flexible medium of lithography allows one, as explained by Picasso himself, to “show the picture underneath the picture.” The insightfully curated exhibit of 86 prints juxtaposes various states of a

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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 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 listed the brazen heist as one of the Top 10 Art Crimes. What is murky is how the stolen Van Gogh paintings made their way from the hands of the original Dutch

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In the news: Flooding near the Louvre

  Photo outside Louvre Copyright© 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Venice de Milo surrounded by storage boxes. Twenty feet of water rising from the Seine. Due to the past week’s flooding in Paris, curators moved many of the Louvre’s antiquities to safety. According to the New York Times, “Some 150,000 artworks in storage rooms, and an additional 7,000 pieces in galleries, were deemed vulnerable to flooding, and many of them were moved to higher floors starting on Thursday evening.”  For the full scoop, see the NY TIMES article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/04/world/europe/eerily-empty-louvre-what-its-like-when-floods-keep-tourists-away.html?_r=0

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In the news: “One of the World’s Greatest Art Collections hides behind this fence”

Treasures from Ancient Rome, Da Vinci, Van Gogh, 1,000 works by Picasso, and this exquisite painting from Gustav Klimt: “Water Serpents II,”         For the full scoop, read the NY TIMES article: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/arts/design/one-of-the-worlds-greatest-art-collections-hides-behind-this-fence.html?emc=edit_th_20160529&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=16294325&_r=0&referer

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Picasso and Monets– burnt to a crisp?

 Picasso and Monets—Burnt To a Crisp? by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Left:  Matisse, Reading Girl in White and Yellow(1919) Will she ever see the light of day? Carmelized Monet. No, this is not a trendy Crème Brule whipped up by a chef obsessed with molecular gastronomy, but quite possibly one of the most heinous art crimes covered by Cultural Cocktail Hour. Olga Dogaru, mother of art thief Radu Dogaru, confessed to using her oven to set ablaze seven masterpieces valued at between 100 and 200 million Euros including works by Picasso, Matisse, Gaugin (and two by Monet) as if they were no more than slices of pizza. Dogaru’s son Radu was the ringleader of a group of six Romanian art thieves who broke into Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum last October with a set of pliers. After her

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