Top ART News: Week In Review | Dec. 6 - Dec. 13

Police Seize Stash of Masterpieces Hidden by Disgraced Parma Dairy Owner | NEW YORK (12/06/09) — The Italian police have recovered 19 masterpieces hidden in attics and basements of three apartments in the city of Parma. Valued at more than $149 million, the art stash belonged to Calisto Tanzi, the disgraced founder of the recently-collapsed dairy company, Parmalat Finanziaria SpA. More >

In Paris, Museum Visitors Are Spared From Strikes on Sunday | PARIS (12/6/09) — Tourists take note: if you're planning to spend the holidays in France this year, you'll want to make sure your favorite museums are actually open before spending on Metro fare to reach your cultural destination. Workers at many of the top museums in Paris were on strike this week, prompting numerous closures - at least periodically. More >

Upcoming Global Warming Summit Fuels Artistic Creativity | COPENHAGEN (12/6/09) — Starting Monday and through Dec. 18, scientists and world leaders from over 190 countries will meet in the Danish capital  of Copenhagen to negotiate a way to curb greenhouse gas emissions. More >

Underdog Painter Wins the Prestigious Turner Prize | LONDON (12/07/09) — Against all odds and in his last year of eligibility, 49-year-old Glasgow-based artist Richard Wright has been awarded the 2009 Turner Prize. Organized by the Tate gallery, the annual Turner Prize is presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50. More >

Google Goggles Visual Search: Identify Art in a Snap | MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (12/07/09) — Sometimes you just don't have the time or energy to type keywords into an internet search engine, so the folks at Google have devised a creative alternative - Google Goggles. Unveiled Monday at a Search Event, the new Google Goggles application will allow users to use images to search the web. More > 

Future Generation Art Prize Will Offer Celeb-Judges and Hefty Cash Award | NEW YORK (12/08/09) — One lucky artist will be $100,000 richer this time next year, thanks to Ukranian billionaire/art collector Victor Pinchuk. Announced Tuesday, the Future Generation Art Prize hopes to encourage the support of one generation of artists for another, hence the contest's only eligibility requirement that entrants must be under the age of 35. More >

Can't Afford a Michael Jackson Painting? Buy His Opus | (12/08/09) — Just when Michael Jackson mania seemed to quiet down a bit, the King of Pop is back in the news this week; the sale of his portrait at Art Basel Miami Beach and the release of the ginormous Official Michael Jackson Opus are making headlines. More >

Two Old Masters Set Auction Records in London | LONDON (12/09/09) — An auction Tuesday night in London earned the largest recorded total at a sale of its kind. Artists Raphael and Rembrandt were the stars of the Christie's Old Masters and 19th Century Sale, which fetched an impressive $112.4 million. More >

Mysterious B.N.E. Stickers Slap Manhattan | NEW YORK (12/10/09) — His iron-grip stickers are affixed to all things stationary from Prague to Hong Kong. This week, he and his monogram are in New York for their very own gallery show. But who is he? More >

Celebrity Paintings Translate to T-Shirts for a Cause | LOS ANGELES (12/10/09) — With paintbrushes in hand, High School Musical star Corbin Bleu, socialite family The Hiltons (sisters Paris and Nicky with mom Kathy), singer Colbie Caillat, Disney actress Demi Lovato and The Hills reality star Audrina Patridge, all applied their creativity to canvas for a good cause. More >

USPS Stamp Designs for the Winter Holidays | (12/11/09) — This year, the United States Postal Service is getting into the spirit of the holiday season by issuing a series of 2009 Holiday Stamps, commemorating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Eid. More >

In Memoriam: Former Met Museum Director, Thomas Hoving (1939-2009) | NEW YORK (12/12/09) — Former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Hoving, died of lung cancer on Thursday morning. He was 78. More >

Unsolved Mysteries: The Death of Caravaggio | PORTO ERCOLE, ITALY (12/12/09) — What killed Italian Baroque master Caravaggio? Nobody knows for sure, but new DNA research may soon solve this real life unsolved mystery. More >

Whitney Museum Announces 2010 Biennial Artists | NEW YORK (12/12/09) — Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art hosts an exhibition featuring artists who reflect the latest trends in contemporary American art. On Friday, the Whitney released the names of the 55 artists who will be participating in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, which will run from February 25 through May 30, 2010. More >

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