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Theaster Gates Joins Ava DuVernay to Chair Diversity and Inclusion Council for Prada

February 14th, 2019

Artist Theaster Gates and filmmaker Ava DuVernay will co-chair a new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council for Prada, Art News reports.  “Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting, and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company. In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with longtime collaborators Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates on this important initiative,” the company said in a statement.
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Serial Art Thief Arrested in Alsace

February 14th, 2019

Serial art thief Stéphane Breitwieser the has been arrested again in Alsace. He has been under surveillance since 2016, and was found with €163,000 in cash stored in buckets at his mother’s house.
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Artsy Alerts Users to Potential Data Breach

February 14th, 2019

Artsy has alerted users to a potential data breach on its site, exposing information to hackers. “We have no evidence that commercial or financial information was involved, and to date we have not received reports from Artsy users of actual or attempted fraud as a result of this incident,” an alert email read. 
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Baroness Marion Lambert

Collector’s Birthdate: NALambert, wife of collector Baron Philippe Lambert of the prominent Belgian banking family, is one of the first collectors and patrons of contemporary photography.

Her photography collection Veronica’s Revenge was assembled thanks to her close relationships to artists as well as her keen collector’s sense. The exhibition was shown at the family-founded Bank Brussels Lambert in 1996 in Geneva. Subsequent protests from the bank director led to its removal and ultimate sale at auction in 2005.

Key works include Mike Kelley’s “Ahh… Youth”.

On collectors:

“Collectors are hoarders, and probably fodder for shrinks. I am no exception, although with the years I have learned to control myself while weeding out the mediocre and superfluous from the essential and best…Collectors often do not make an attempt to establish a discourse between the works, and do not build something coherent. They buy names, fashions, trends, and what their neighbor has.”

She adds, “people who only buy art to invest, sooner or later will fall flat on their faces.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.