Artwork Attacked at Dallas Museum of Art – And More Art News –

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The headlines

ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, A 21-year-old man has been arrested for alleged burglary Dallas Art Museum and at least four pieces on display are seriously damaged, including a 6th-century BC Greek amphora Dallas morning news reports. Initial reports had put the value of the damaged works at $5 million, but the museum’s director, Augustine Arteaga , said the actual figure could be “a fraction” of that. The man was charged with criminal mischief in the amount of $300,000 or more, which the court said carries a possible sentence of five years to life in prison Guardian. Dallas police said the suspect told the guard who arrested him that “he got mad at his girl, so he broke in and started destroying property.”

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CHINA SHIPPING. The exact date has not been announced, but Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that the Palace Museum Hong Kong will be inaugurated this summer as part of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China South China tomorrow post reports. Over in Shanghai, an intense Covid lockdown has ended but cultural venue facilities remain closed and it has not been announced when they will be allowed to reopen art newspaper reports. A representative for UCCA EdgeBranch of the Beijing-based museum in the city said it will soon be able to install exhibits, which will facilitate reopening when allowed.

The abstract

Paul Gunthera distinguished cultural administration expert who held posts at the City Art Clubthe New York Historical Societyand the Institute for Classical Architecture and ArtShe died at the age of 65. [The New York Times]

That Dulwich picture gallery in London has quietly stopped billing its director as the Sackler Director. The move comes as many museums have removed it Sackler Name from projects supported by the family, members of which some are accused of fueling the opioid crisis by selling OxyContin through their company Purdue Pharma. [The Art Newspaper]

Rich brancheswho was at the top of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, for nearly six years, said he would step down in January to become an executive coach at the University of California, Irvineand establishes his own practice in this field. [San Antonio]

That Museum of Modern Art in New York has acquired his first painting by the pioneering African American painter Archibald Buntwhich was the subject of much publicized tour polling in the mid-2010s. Tongues (Holy Scrolls)1929, is now on display on the fifth floor of MoMA. [MoMA Magazine]

ANOTHER STRONG DAY FOR ARTIST INTERVIEWS: Judith Baka is in that New York Times, Wangechi Mutu is in T: The New York Times Style Magazineand Christopher Wolle— making his second breakfast appearance this week — is in the Guardian.

The kicker

GOOD ARTIST COPY. An artist in the Czech Republic commissioned to create a reproduction of a 19th-century painting as part of a renovation of Prague’s famous astronomical clock has been accused of deviating from the original Joseph Manes, the Guardian reports. The reproduction was unveiled in 2018, but a recent complaint alleges that the painter, Stanislav Jirčik changed the clothes of characters and maybe even added the faces of his friends. Jirčík did not comment. Adam Scheinherra local politician told the newspaper: “I would like to have a serious conversation with him and ask him about the quality of the painting, what was his inspiration, whether he studied Josef Manes.” [The Guardian]

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