IFAR Journal

Volume 4/5, No. 4/1


Edited Proceedings: September 11th: Art Loss, Damage, and Repercussions—An IFAR Symposium. Introduction
— Sharon Flescher
The tragedy of September 11th destroyed not only thousands of lives, but millions of dollars worth of public art. An estimated $100 million worth of art was ruined in addition to a large decrease in museum attendance and philanthropic support of the arts

September 11th Art Loss: Public Art at the World Trade Center
— Saul S. Wenegrat
Descriptions by the curator who commissioned the World Trade Center’s public art collection, of the 7 public art works destroyed at the World Trade Center- includes artists, dates, and locations of the works.

September 11th Art Loss: The World Trade Center Memorial
— Elyn Zimmerman
Description by sculptor Elyn Zimmerman of her World Trade Center memorial project—a fountain—created in 1994-95 in memory of the six people killed in the 1993 terrorist bombing. The fountain was destroyed on 9/11.

September 11th Art Loss: The Artist Residency Program in the Twin Towers
— Moukhtar Kocache
Report of the Artist in Residency program located on the 91st and 92nd floors of the North Tower. Detailed account of many of the works that were created as a part of the Residency program and were destroyed on 9/11.

September 11th Art Loss: The Art Lost by Citigroup on 9/11
— Suzanne F.W. Lemakis
Much of the corporate collection belonging to Citigroup was destroyed when Seven World Trade Center collapsed. Citigroup’s curator, Lemakis, discusses the art that was in the building that was the headquarters of Salomon Brothers, owned by Citigroup.

September 11th Art Loss: Response from the Insurance Industry
— Dietrich Von Frank
Von Frank, CEO of AXA Art Insurance Corporation, talks about the Insurer’s role after 9/11, specifically his company, which put up millions to pay for the loss of 3 corporate art collections destroyed in the attack.

Art Damaged on 9/11: The Insurance Adjuster’s Role
— Gregory J. Smith
Smith talks about his role as an insurance adjuster, and what it was like placing a value on and dealing with the losses of art after 9/11.

September 11th Art Loss: The Downtown Institutional Impact
— John Haworth
Haworth, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, located near the World Trade Center, discusses the impact of the tragedy on his museum and the staff.

September 11th Art Loss: The Heritage Emergency National Task Force
— Lawrence L. Reger
The Heritage Emergency Task Force, which Reger heads, is composed of more than 30 federal agencies and national service organizations concerned with protecting the nation’s heritage. The Task Force assessed the damage created by the attacks on 9/11, and this article summarizes the findings.

Jackson Pollock’s Studio Floor: Uncovering the Secrets
— Editor
Introduction to two-part article containing edited transcripts of two talks and the Q&A from an IFAR Evening devoted to Jackson Pollock on November 28, 2001.

Pollock’s Studio and Evolution
— Helen A. Harrison
An account of Jackson Pollock’s studio in The Springs, East Hampton, located next to the home he shared with his wife Lee Krasner. Includes a description of the converted barn and studio with its paint-covered floor (a true artifact of Pollock’s work and technique).

The Scholarly Potential of Jackson Pollock’s Studio Floor
— Francis V. O’Connor
O’Connor, co-author of the Pollock Catalogue Raisonné, explores how we can use the paint-splattered floor in Pollock’s studio to learn more about Pollock as a painter and why this would be important.

Putting the IFAR Cuzco Inventory to Work
— Frederic J. Truslow
This article explores the additional steps needed to turn the data—a photographic emergency inventory—compiled by IFAR in the 1980’s pertaining to Spanish Colonial paintings in and around Cuzco, Peru, into a useful tool for art protection and academic research.

Del Sarto Rediscoveries Aided by Science—Workshop Practices Redefined
— Gertrude Wilmers
Del Sarto paintings, which originally were thought to be copies, have proved to be authentic. Infrared reflectography of these paintings revealed unquestioned del Sarto cartoon sketches underneath the surface of the paint.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Judge Goes Into Reverse in Egon Schiele Case
— Sharon Flescher
Judge orders Egon Schiele painting, Portrait of Wally (1912), to remain in NY while the two claimants in the WWII stolen art case await a court decision.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Mediation Over Disputed Klimts Ends
— Sharon Flescher
Court ordered mediation has failed in the case of California resident Maria V. Altmann, niece of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer (a Jewish patron and collector of Gustav Klimt whose art collection was confiscated by the Nazis). Altmann filed suit against Austria in California federal court.

Updates & Newsbriefs: The French Waiter and His Vengeful Mom
— Sharon Flescher
Stéphane Breitwieser, a French waiter, was arrested for stealing 239 objects of art over a six year period. His mother has also been arrested, along with his ex-girlfriend.

Stolen Art Alert
Thefts include: Paul Cézanne, La Forêt près Arles; Jan Breughel the Elder, View Over Alost; Jacob Lawrence, The Life of John Brown; The Master of Moulins, The Lady of Moulins; Henri Matisse, Reclining Figures (drawing).

In Memoriam: Arthur G. Altschul
— Jack A. Josephson, Chairman of the Board, IFAR
Memorial to Arthur G. Altschul, a member of the IFAR Board of Directors, and a former Chairman of the IFAR Board