Lost Kurt Cobain Art Found in Storage, Cambodian Theft Haunts Sotheby's, and More Must-Read Art News

Lost Kurt Cobain Art Found in Storage, Cambodian Theft Haunts Sotheby's, and More Must-Read Art News
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain
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– Kurt Cobain's Art Subject to Legal BattleMaer Roshan, founder of the addiction news Web site The Fix, has stumbled upon a trove of five long-lost artworks by the late grunge god Kurt Cobain while working on a book about Courtney Love's battle with drugs. "Painted in 1993, during the recording of In Utero, they illustrate the young genius's fascination with decay, conception, nourishment, and waste," Roshan says of the paintings, which depict tortured puppet-like figures and swirling eddies of blood and fire. Though Love wants to auction off the art, Cobain's publishing company has threatened to block the sale because it paid for the storage facility in which the art was found. [The FixFuse

– Feds to Seize Antiquity from Sotheby's: Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are poised to seize an ancient Cambodian statue from Sotheby's, alleging that the house put the warrior up for sale despite knowing that it had been stolen from a temple. According to the complaint, the scholar employed to write the catalogue essay told Sotheby's in an e-mail that the sculpture, worth an estimated $2.5 million, "was definitely stolen...as the feet are still in situ." Sotheby's said it plans to defend itself "vigorously." [NYT]


– Aitken to Transform Face of Seattle Museum: In what marks Doug Aitken's first permanent installation for a museum,  the Seattle Art Museum has commissioned the artist — whose projection "Song 1" is currently decorating the facade of the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C. — to realize "Mirror" on its facade, consisting of a glass-covered LED screen that will show scenes from around the Pacific Northwest. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]   

– Frieze Art Fair Will Be Tasty: We all love to hate on art fair food, but Frieze New York may make such kvetching difficult. The British fair will be serving up trendy New York staples for its American debut, including Roberta's pizza, sandwiches from Fat Radish, and coffee from Intelligentsia. The Standard Biergarten will also serve up brews on an outside deck. [NYT]

– MCA Chicago Gets $10 Million Gift: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has received $10 million from collector couple Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. The museum will rename its theater the Edlis Neeson Theater in the pair's honor. [Artforum]

– Jackass Gets Art Show: One of the stars of MTV's stunt show "Jackass" is about to have his first exhibition. Bam Margera's gloomy figurative expressionist paintings will go on view at Philadelphia's James Oliver Gallery on Saturday in the group show "Bam Margera & Friends," which, according to the gallery, "explores edgy, satirical and contemporary punk imagery on topics such as social reform, sex, religion and law." Pretty much exactly like an episode of "Jackass," then. [HuffPo]

– Spring Sales to Make Bank: Works by Francis Bacon and Yves Klein are among the highlights of what looks to be a blockbuster spring season at New York auction houses. Klein's 10-foot-wide "FC 1" (1962), whose creation required two nude models and a blowtorch, could go for as much as $40 million at Christie's on May 8, the same high estimate floated for Bacon's "Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror" (1976), which hits the auction block at Sotheby's the following day. [Businessweek]

– Joan of Arc's House Reopens: The house where Joan of Arc stayed in Orleans in 1429 — when she freed the city from the English siege — will re-open to the public after a year-long renovation. [AMA]

– Super-Stingy Super: The super of a building in New York's Tribeca neighborhood who was entrusted with the safe-keeping of 450 paintings by the abstract expressionist painter (and long-time building tenant) Shirley Almeda West has refused to reveal what happened to the canvasses. Mihaly Kovacsezics, 62, stayed tight-lipped yesterday in a Manhattan court, despite the tearful pleas of the artist's niece, Roxanne West. [NYDN]

– Coveted Collection Will Be Split UpHannelore Schulhof, who died in February, amassed a major collection of 350 post-war American artworks, including pieces by Ellsworth KellyCy Twombly, and Donald Judd. Now, one third of those works will go to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (which will receive 83 pieces) and the Israel Museum (14 pieces), but the six family members who will inherit the remainder may look to sell. [TAN]

– Ghandi Mania: The Berlin-based organization GhandiServe has launched Gandhimedia.org, an online database gathering 22,000 documents concerning the life of Mahatma Gandhi, including photographs, cartoons, videos, audio recordings, and more than 5,000 texts. [AMA]


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