|The Cardo Maximus in Apamea in Syria|
- Widespread looting in Libya has not taken place, but perhaps not enough attention has been paid to Syria, where several sites in the city of Apamea have been vandalized and looted according to Syria’s news agency.
- The Minneapolis Institue of Arts announced last week that it will repatriate a “star” krater to Italy which appeared in Medici polaroids, and was acquired in 1983 by Robin Symes.
- The Getty will repatriate two objects to Greece, unsolicited. Does that mean James Cuno is ‘kindler and gentler‘? David Gill thinks this “makes sense”, and as usual has more questions (but no answers).
- ARIS announces a global art fund (Artemundi) will use title insurance as “part of its standard risk management protocol”.
- Applications for the VLA’s Art & Law Residency Program are due Oct. 17.
- The story of Montreal’s art-theft unit:
On a two-week trip to Paris, Mr. Lacoursière found himself loitering in the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre, which were in so many ways the exact opposite of his beat at home where he toured the dirtiest corners of the human psyche. He returned to Montreal, vowing to find a way to incorporate his long-time love of art with his police work. So he enrolled in an art history night course at a local university.
- Lee Rosenbaum is fired up that the city of Denver is selling four works by Clyfford Stills but did not give public institutions enough time to purchase the works (here’s my remedy).
- A Goya found, under a Goya.
- A Renoir has been stolen here in Houston.
- A terrific profile of Sada Mire who is uncovering a rich array of rock art in Somalia:
She has a fellowship in the department of art and archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and is head of the department of antiquities in the breakaway territory of Somaliland, in the north-west region of Somalia. She is the only archaeologist working in the region.
It’s a remarkable journey for a girl who fled Mogadishu in 1991, aged 14, as Somalia descended into the chaos of civil war. Driving her forward is the urge to uncover and preserve a cultural heritage that has been systematically looted, both in colonial times and more recently by warlords trading national heritage for guns.