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Acceptance in Lieu: NPG gets work from Freud

A recently found self-portrait of the late British painter Lucian Freud has been handed to the nation to settle an inheritance tax bill. The unfinished portrait, thought to have been executed in the mid-1980s, will join other items in the Freud archive in the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced.

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German Association of Artists’ Estates will be established soon

As one of the distinguished guests at the symposium “Anlass – Nachlass – on dealing with artists’estates” at Schloss Neuburg ( Passau ), the chairman of the Federal Association of Visual Artists Werner Schaub had introduced an initiative that becomes reality this spring. The association establishes a special department ” Bundesverband Künstlernachlässe” in Berlin . The statutes are already in place, the association will soon be officially registered in Berlin, said Schaub to the PNP.

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‘Genetic fingerprints’ for paintings

IS THIS the end for fake art? British entrepreneurs have developed a DNA-like technology for works of art to make passing off forgeries much harder. A “genetic fingerprint” that can be attached to any picture to prove its maker’s identity has been developed over 18 months in a Cambridge lab.

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In 2016 four international fellows will research the life and work of the artists Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp supported by the Stiftung Arp e.V. The ARP-Research Fellowships were awarded for the second time. The fellowships are intended for both junior as well as senior scholars and curators whose research encompasses the work of Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp and its wider cultural and intellectual contexts.

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Why Courts Dramatically Overvalue Artist Estates

Valuations of art for estate and gift tax purposes (as well as for divorce and sale) present difficult issues when the art consists of many works by only one artist, chiefly because the art market can only absorb a limited number of works, yet the appraisal must decide value as of a certain date—in an estate, the owner’s date of death.

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New Writings by Donald Judd Coming to Light

The Judd Foundation and the David Zwirner Gallery, which represents the artist’s estate, announced a two-part project intended to put Judd’s writings back into the art world’s critical discourse. The first part, by the Judd Foundation, will be a republication, in March, of “Donald Judd: Complete Writings 1959–1975,” (often known, because of its original cover, as “the Yellow Book,”) which collected some of his seminal essays and his early gallery reviews for magazines like “Arts,” “Arts Magazine,” and “Art International.”

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Bacon’s Brilliance bound up in a new catalogue

A new catalogue listing all the paintings of Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon is to be published in April and will sell for £1,000 (approximately €1,300). The late artist’s estate has announced that Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonnéwill present “the entire oeuvre of the artist’s work for the first time”.

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