The Neue Galerie has reached an agreement with heirs of a Jewish shoe manufacturer and art collector over a Karl Schmidt-Rottluff piece seized by the Nazi’s before WWII. The museum has returned the work to the family of Alfred and Tekla Hess, and then promptly bought it back at its current fair market value. “This case is an example of how provenance research has evolved and how much more we know today than we knew 20 years ago,” says Agnes Peresztegi, a lawyer and expert on Holocaust-era property claims.
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New York, NY
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
Hunter College MFA, New York
Pratt Institute BFA, Brooklyn
Perez, the son of an art critic, was heavily exposed to art throughout his childhood in San Juan. Arriving in New York in 1986, he emulated Warhol’s silkscreen painting technique, layering paint to capture an array of subjects from feminine portraits to modern architecture, typically basing his paintings on previously existing photographs.
Recent works demonstrate his range and versatility. His 2006 series titled “New York” captures many of the city’s tallest and most famous buildings in oil paint and is chilling in the wake of September 11th. Other works, like “Ron Superior,” a watercolor painting of a bottle of rum and accompanying glass, resemble Impressionist art.
His work is also part of the permanent collection of Puerto Rico’s Museum of Modern Art.