"Avengers" Fan Art a Hit for L.A. Gallery, Dealers Battle Egon Schiele Ruling, And More Must-Read Art News

"Avengers" Fan Art a Hit for L.A. Gallery, Dealers Battle Egon Schiele Ruling, And More Must-Read Art News
Nathan Stapley's "Group Hug" (detail)
(Courtesy Gallery 1988)

– Tapping the Blockbuster Market for "Avengers" Art:  Since when did fine art become part of major studio marketing campaigns? Following the success of the superhero ensemble action movie "The Avengers," Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have partnered with Los Angeles's Gallery 1988 for an exhibition of art inspired by the movie and its beloved comic book characters. Like screenings of the film, the exhibition — which includes works by Dave PerilloRhys CooperScott Campbell, and 27 others — sold out quickly. Meanwhile, in the South Bronx, the graffiti collective 4Burners has done their own "Avengers" mural tribute. [Bangstyle, MTV]

 Schiele Ruling Could Give Nazi-Loot Victims Unlimited Power: The Art Dealers Association of America, the Society of London Art Dealers, and New York collectors Charles Katzenstein and Nelson Blitz are among those battling what they view as potentially disastrous legislation that could result from the drawn-out dispute over Egon Schiele's "Seated Woman With a Bent Leg (Torso)." A U.S. court decision in the case could affect the so-called "laches doctrine," which pertains to artworks purchased in good faith, and thereby make descendants' claims to artworks stolen from their ancestors virtually limitless. [TAN]


Art Handlers Make Little Headway at Sotheby's Board Meeting: Five art handlers who have shares in the Sotheby's attended its annual shareholders meeting this week, but made little headway in the ongoing labor dispute between their union and the auction house. "The plans are to do our best at the bargaining table," said board chairman Michael Sovern. "It does take two, you understand." He added that the extra security and temporary labor costs caused by the art handler lockout are less burdensome than acceding to the contract demands of the Teamsters. [Bloomberg

 Iraq Turns to Satellites to Protect Cultural Heritage: To address the shortage of guards keeping watch over its archeological sites, Iraq has begun monitoring the areas via satellite. A specialized department within the Tourism Authority will oversee the satellite images, which they hope will prevent artifacts from being smuggled out of the country and reduce protected sites' vulnerability to random exploration. [AKNews

– Why Are Australian Art Hotels So Cool?: An Australian hotel is giving away a $20,000 Andy Warhol painting to a guest who can pick the real one out of a group of fakes. The task will get easier as time goes on; one forgery will be revealed each week. Earlier this year, the same hotel chain challenged its guests to try to Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-one-hotel-dares-its-guests-to-steal-his-works" target="_blank">steal an original Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy-14779">Banksy artwork from its lobby. [Daily Telegraph]

– Jerusalem to Host Performance Art Conference: Some 50 artists and scholars from Israel and abroad are slated to participate in the first-annual performance art conference at the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem. The three-day conference, kicking off May 22, is open to the public and will feature performance, video art, and lectures. [YNET]

– Collector Extends Deadline on $100K Art Prize: Attention artists! The foundation of Ukranian collector Victor Pinchuk has extended the deadline for this year's $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize to May 20. Artists 35 or younger can apply, and on December 7 a winner — selected by a jury that includes Massimiliano Gioni, Nancy Spector, and Hans Ulrich-Obrist — will receive $60,000 in cash and $40,000 for the production of new work. [TAN]

– The Right's New Art Star: Utah painter Jon McNaughton — best known for his painting of Barack Obama burning the Constitution — is having his moment following the popularity of his latest large-format canvas in which a pan-historical assembly of Presidents watches aghast as Obama steps on the Constitution. "I like to use multiple levels of meaning," McNaughton is quoted as saying in an appropriately derisive "Colbert Report" segment. [Gawker]

– Akron Art Museum Makes Changes: The Akron Art Museum, which sold Cindy Sherman's "Untitled #96" at Christie's for $2.9 million on Tuesday, may already be spending some of its new cash. The museum's board of trustees recently approved the purchase of Kiki Smith's sculpture "Seer (Alice I)" and Trenton Doyle Hancock's painting "My Hooked Hand." Free admission is now also extended from children 12 and under to children 17 and under. [Aurora Advocate]

– Iowa Museum Flooded, But Not With FEMA Support: The University of Iowa Museum was badly damaged during flooding in 2008, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied UI's second appeal for funds to repair the museum. “I am disappointed in this decision by FEMA,” Iowa Homeland Security administrator Mark Schouten said in a news release. [Iowa City Press Citizen]

– Instagram Goes Highbrow: Haven't you always wanted to see your Instagram photos offline? No? Well, now you can anyway. Instacanvas, a new online service that launched yesterday, allows customers to create online galleries and then print and sell their Instagram photos as works on canvas. In its first day of business, some 25,000 new online galleries were created by users in 30 countries. "We're building perhaps the first amateur design marketplace where the artists bring with them tremendous followings of people who already love their work," said founder and CEO Matt Munson. [Market Watch]


A video message from Cinthia Marcelle, Winner of FGAP 2010, about the Future Generations Art Prize:


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