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CRIMINAL EVIDENCE VIEWABLE. As promised, British MuseumWe will be exhibiting some of the smaller Roman gemsA former senior curator of the museum is accused of stealing and pocketing nearly 2000 objects. Over 350 items have been found in the ongoing investigation which continues to shake this institution. One of the pieces that will be displayed in the coming months is a bust from the 1stOr 2ndCentury BCE. “We promised we’d show the world the gems that were stolen and recovered – rather than hide them away,” George Osborne, chair of museum Board of Trustees told the BBC.

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FRANKENTHALER FED. The amended legal complaint against the Helen Frankenthaler FoundationBy, Frederick Iseman, the artist’s nephew. He has expanded on earlier allegations against members of the artist’s family, including his cousin, the artist Clifford Ross, whom he says was using foundation funds to bolster his own artistic career in a “pay-to-display machine.” [ARTnews]

The Digest

The following are some of the ways to get in touch with each other: Museum of Art at University of New HampshireThe school will permanently close due to declining enrollment and attempts to reduce annual costs by $14 million. The UNH laid 75 of its 3,700 staff members off in mid-January. [ARTnews

Local feminist groups and critics have criticized an exhibition in Genoa’s Palazzo DucaleThe artist was rapped and described in detail Artemisia Gentileschi in 1611, via a multimedia installation, they say amounts to “voyeurism,” and “pornography of pain.” The exhibit called “Artemisia Gentileschi: Courage and Passion” includes some 50 paintings by the artist, and an unavoidable, darkened room detailing her rape at the age of 17 by the artist Agostino TassoThis led to his trial. [The Art Newspaper]

Rediscovered William TurnerThe auction house will sell a watercolor painting found in an attic of a rural England property. The painting was probably completed in 1796 when the artist, who was 21 at the time, was working. Hampton Court in HerefordshireIn March, the estimated value of the property is between $38,000 and $63,000. Minster AuctionsIn the UK. [BBC]

The historic winery, which houses a collection of rare wines worth $1.6 million, has been robbed. La Tour d’Argent restaurant. The restaurant, founded in 1582, discovered that 80 bottles of fine wine were missing. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, while conducting an inventory check and filed a complaint last week. [Le Parisien]

You can learn more about it here. Centre Pompidou in Paris has launched a new collection of “urban art,” encompassing street and ephemeral art installations. It includes art by Gérard ZlotykamienThe artist duo Lek & SowatThe artist Miss.Tic, who died in 2022. [Le Quotidien de l’Art]

Unionized Philadelphia Museum of ArtStaff say management refuses implement their agreement which ended an historic strike at the institution. [The Art Newspaper]

The Italian parliament has delayed a vote of no confidence against Vittorio SgarbiThe junior culture and art critic was under investigation for laundering a 17th-century painting. [The Art Newspaper]

[Update 2/2/24: The Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter originally stated that a new complaint had been filed against the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The newsletter has been updated to reflect that Frederick Iseman, the artist’s nephew, expanded on a prior complaint.]

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