Volume 15, No. 9

September 1994

Moholy-Nagy Copy: "A II" x 2
— Nancy J. Little
A painting submitted to IFAR was a larger copy of a Moholy-Nagy owned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The unsigned work was probably copied from a reproduction since Moholy-Nagy did not authorize any copies to be made of his work

Two Turners and a Friedrich Stolen
— Constance Lowenthal
Three paintings insured for a total of 40 million dollars were stolen from Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle on July 28. Turner’s Shade and Darkness—The Evening of the Deluge and his Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory)—The Morning After the Deluge. Moses Writing the Book of Genesis were taken along with Caspar David Friedrich’s Nebelschwaden. The insurers are offering a reward of up to $250,000.

Oldest Extant Thomas Jefferson Stolen
— Anna J. Kisluk
A 1786 portrait of Thomas Jefferson by the American painter Mather Brown was stolen from a safe at the Polaroid Museum Replicas studio in Boston, MA between the night of July 28 and the early morning of July 29.

Geneva Art-Law Centre to Focus on Conservation
— Jonathan S. Kaufman
The Art-Law Centre of Geneva is sponsoring a one-day seminar on conservation issues in the restoration of works of art. It takes place on October 17 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Center Art Principals to Serve Time
— Constance Lowenthal
In May 1990 the principals of Center Art Galleries, Hawaii, were each convicted of more than 60 counts of wire and mail fraud for selling fake Dali, Chagall, and Miró prints and fraudulently representing "celebrity art." This May, their attorney filed a motion for delay of execution of their sentence based on a conflict of interest of one of the attorneys who represented both the defendants and Center. The motion was denied, and the defendants begin serving time this October.

Thieves Raid Museum in Lexington, Kentucky
— Anna J. Kisluk
103 pieces of jewelry and works of art were stolen from the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington, Kentucky on July 17.