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A Saskatoon judge has ordered Gregory Burke, former director of Saskatoon’s Remai Modern, to be removed from a complaint to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
A lawsuit over the alleged “non-delivery” of three Jeff Koons sculptures worth millions of dollars has come to an end.
On Friday, collector Steven Tananbaum and Gagosian reached a settlement in a suit over the sculptures, which Tananbaum first brought against the gallery and Koons’s studio in 2018. The lawsuit had become one of the art world’s most high-profile legal actions, and even spurred a second lawsuit involving the alleged non-delivery of Koons’s work to a different collector that has since been settled. The terms of Tananbaum and Gagosian’s settlement were not disclosed, and all claims and counterclaims were dismissed.
“Mr. Tananbaum is a passionate collector, and we look forward to our continuing relationship,” Gagosian gallery and Koons said in a joint statement.
Tananbaum, who ranks on ARTnews‘s Top 200 Collectors list, said in a statement that he “continues to be a proud collector of works by Mr. Koons, whom he considers one of
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James Geurts, Trajectories II-Prebiotica, 2019; image courtesy the artist
In the early hours of August 21, 1911, a handyman walked out of the Louvre with a bundle concealed under his white worker’s smock. He was in a hurry, having just stripped the Mona Lisa from its protective glass case and wooden frame. The man entered the nearby Quai d’Orsay train station and boarded the an express train out of Paris. More than a day passed before anyone noticed the blank wall space.
That dramatic chapter of art history will be adapted into a film helmed by Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster. According to Deadline, Foster will base her movie on Seymour Reit’s 1981 book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, which recounts the brazen heist and ensuing media circus.
The thief, an Italian petty criminal named Vincenzo Perugia, entered the Louvre disguised as an employee and hid until the museum closed for the night. As the crime remained unsolved despite a team of 60 detectives assigned to the case, and the Louvre was forced to reopen without resolution, the shocking heist transformed into a national scandal.
Screenwriters for the upcoming film will have no shortage of colorful characters: modernist writer Franz Kafka was among the curious onlookers who came to gawk at the vacant wall. Police arrested French poet Guillaume Apollinaire on the base of a tip from his disgruntled secretary. He pointed the police toward Pablo Picasso, who was also interrogated for the theft (he was cleared of any suspicion but was forced to return some Iberian Bronze Age statues).