Scared Thief Returns Stolen Rembrandt Very Quickly, MFA Boston to Charge $200 to See "The Clock," and More Must-Read Art News

Scared Thief Returns Stolen Rembrandt Very Quickly, MFA Boston to Charge $200 to See "The Clock," and More Must-Read Art News
Self portrait of Dutch painter Rembrandt
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MFA Charges $200 for "The Clock" Tix: MFA Boston is charging $200 for tickets to the first complete showing of Christian Marclay's film phenomenon "The Clock," to be shown in conjunction with the opening of the museum's new contemporary wing on September 17. According to the museum, the fee will pay for the overnight party marking the event, but critics are decrying sky-high price tag. As the film runs through the night, the admission fee will drop (costing $100 at 11 p.m. and $50 at 3 a.m.). The MFA says it will organize a free 24-hour screening before the end of the year, but hasn't set a date yet. [Boston Globe

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Nurture Art Moves to Bushwick: Nurture Art, a non-profit gallery previously based in Williamsburg, will be moving to Bushwick. It will open on the same block as Momenta Art, another non-profit gallery that recently ditched Williamsburg for its less expensive, arguably more exciting neighbor. The announcement follows news that blue-chip Luhring Augustine gallery would open a Bushwick project space this fall, not far from Nurture Art's future home. [Hyperallergic]

Coming Along: A USA Today article about AliceWalton's megarich American art museum in Bentonville doesn't add muchnew, but it does have a slide show of photos from the construction sitethat give the best view of the museum's Moshe Safdie-designed buildingthus far as it nears its November completion. [USA Today

Hercules Statue Found in Israel, Mocked: A marble statue of the hero was unearthed in the Jezreel Valley, standing a foot and a half tall and leaning on his knotted club, the skin of the Nemean lion draped over his shoulder. Found at the site of an ancient bathhouse pool, the statue is in great shape — just check out those abs — but the Jerusalem Post couldn't help but get a dig (archeological pun intended) in: "Although Hercules was considered the strongest man in the world, this statue was found without his head." [Jerusalem Post]  

Aspen Art Museum Breaks Ground: AAM breaks ground today on its 30,000-square-foot Shigeru Ban-designed new building in central Aspen. The new museum will triple the amount of gallery space in the current building and feature a roof deck sculpture garden. The decision to break ground follows a record-setting artCRUSH benefit week, which raised $1.7 million toward the museum's $50 million capital campaign goal. The new building is slated to open in late 2013. [Press Release]

Ever Wanted to Lick a Hopper Painting?: Now's your chance! On August 24, the American artist's 1935 painting "The Long Leg" will become a U.S. postage stamp. The stamp features a cropped image of the original painting, a serene image of a sailboat breezing past a lighthouse near Provincetown, Mass. [LAT]  

Moody's Downgrades LACMA Bond Rating: Moody's Investors Service has downgraded LACMA's bond rating from A2 to A3. Though LACMA earned high marks for its regular financial operations, Moody's was concerned that the museum had raised only $335 million of the $450-million capital campaign it launched in 2005. (When museums fail to raise sufficient capital campaign funds, they must draw from other accounts to pay the interest on their bonds.) Director Michael Govan downplayed the severity of the rating, saying that the museum's investments are more conservative than they were during the 2008 financial crisis and that rating services have become tougher graders in general. [LAT]

Peacocking: Public visitors to the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art will now have a rare opportunity to see James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room on the third Thursday of every month starting August 18. The art nouveau/orientalist-style room holds canvases and patterned wall designs by Whistler, as well as an overall design created by the room's architect, Thomas Jeckyll. [Monsters and Critics]

Ann Arbor Cuts Cops, Keeps Arts Budget Intact: Here's something you don't hear very often: Ann Arbor has laid off police officers and but kept its $1.5 million public art budget untouched. Some people are not so happy about that. (Granted, there is some irony in the department's plan to put $150,000 worth of public art in Ann Arbor's police and courts building.) Though some say taxpayers should not be obligated to have arts money "extracted from them," the public art department's funds are hardly free-flowing, coming from one percent of the budget for capital improvement projects that are $100,000 or larger. [Michigan Capitol]

Art Trophies: To mark Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, the Yankees have bestowed upon the baseball star a steel sculpture weighing 225 pounds. The subject? Jeter himself, waving his cap above a giant number 3,000. The narcissism is almost Jeff Koons-worthy. [USA Today]

Mumbai to Get First Christian Art Museum: Slated to open next month, the 2,000-square-foot museum will display over 150 objects, from a 200-year-old church altar to the headdress of a past Pope. The museum hopes to inspire India's Christian population to preserve their heritage. "We will get people to dig out the history of their own parish churches," said museum official Warner D'Souza. "This is only the beginning." [Times of India]  

Neuberger Museum Founder's Apartment Sells for $10.5 Million: The late art collector and financier moved into the three-bedroom Manhattan co-op apartment, on the 10th floor of the Pierre Hotel, in 1991. He lived among works by Alexander Calder, Adolph Gottlieb, and Milton Avery. David Helfand, a property investment manager, was listed as the buyer. [Bloomberg

Breaking Up: Filmmaker and artist Julian Schnabel has broken up with his Italo-Palestinian journalist girlfriend Rula Jebreal. Perhaps it was the grueling publicity tour for the duo's feature film flop "Miral" that did them in. Apparently, they called it quits shortly before this year's Venice Biennale. [ITA]

Van Gogh, the Game?: Aled Lewis's "How Appropriate. You Fight Like a Post-Impressionist," now on view at Los Angeles's iam8bit gallery, mashes together old-timey PC games with iconic works of art. Check it out! [ITA]