Stolen de Kooning Restored

Willem de Kooning, Woman-Ochre, 1955. University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson. Willem de Kooning Foundation/Artists Rights Society, New York; J. Paul Getty Trust  
A New York Times piece by Jori Finkel has post-conservation images of the University of Arizona Museum of Art's de Kooning Woman, stolen in 1985, recovered in 2017, and restored at the Getty. The Getty Center will show the painting (June 7–Aug. 28, 2022) before its return to the Arizona Museum Oct. 8, 2022.


And still, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the world wait.
Anonymous said…
Delighted to see the Getty’s new Cailleboite acquisition ready to be worked on in the studio background photo. I hear it needs a bit of touch up. In the Getty’s hands, it’ll no doubt come out looking brand new.
Anonymous said…
Subscribe to the New York Times if you want to know what is happening in the LA art world.

... You are not going to learn much from the LA Times.
I'm loathe to let NYT off the hot seat. I sent the following screed to Culturegrrl back in 2009, which she graciously posted on her site.
I post it here now, and say hardly anything has changed since then to alter my opinion:

BlogBack: Reader Rues NY Times’ Performing Arts Emphasis

October 1, 2009 by CultureGrrl

Reader Ted Gallagher writes:
There is a marked preference on the part of the Times’ editors for coverage of performing arts over fine arts in the cultural pages. My dream for a new NY Times is that editors nurture long-form art criticism and reviews —3,000 words, even— in the great tradition of such papers as The Guardian of London and the defunct New York Sun.
One need only look back in The Times’s distant archives and see how the paper gave enormous depth to its fine arts subjects — far more than we see today.
I know the paper has it to give.
Flood the zone.
Anonymous said…
I watched a very lengthy, interesting Netflix documentary on the theft of artworks a few decades ago from the Gardner. The lack of proper security in 1990 is even more naive and careless when set against the backdrop of today's very graspy, tricky, hard-edged world.
Anonymous said…
When the Los Angeles Times moved its offices to a building near LAX, in or around El Segundo, that was at the very least the symbolic end of an LA-based newspaper.

Much of the media in general are existing in a brave new world.

Maybe a newspaper that somehow accommodates people's short attention spans and love of selfies will be lucrative?