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Jail for Spanish Forger Who Attempted Sale of 15 Fake Works

February 21st, 2023

A Spanish court has sentenced an art collector to prison for selling a set of fake works, including a series of forged works attributed to Edvard Munch and Roy Lichtenstein.
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The Guardian Interviews Former Subjects of Painter Alice Neel

February 21st, 2023

The Guardian has a piece this week on what it was like to be painted by Alice Neel. “One day Alice said she wanted to paint me and to bring some things I could wear, so I packed a little suitcase and had various costumes,” says artist and sex activist Annie Sprinkle. “I’d just had my labia pierced and I was showing it off, and she really wanted to see that. She picked a leather outfit and I put a feather in my hair.”
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Alice Walton’s Art Bridges Foundation Behind $4.5 Million Robert Colescott Buy

February 21st, 2023

Alice Walton’s Art Bridges Foundation is apparently behind the $4.5 million purchase of a Robert Colescott at Bonhams this month. “This work in particular presents a hopeful and powerful message, and we are pleased that it resonated so strongly with individuals and institutions alike,” says Ralph Taylor, Bonhams’s global head for postwar and contemporary art.
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Peter Brant

Collector’s Birthdate: NA

Brant, an art dealer based out of Connecticut, is the Chairman and CEO of Brant-Allen Industries, Inc. and is owner of Brant Publications, Inc. specializing in art-related publications.

He has collected with his wife, supermodel Stephanie Seymour for many years. He engages in other creative projects, such as film production, credited in the 1996 film Basquiat and 2000’s Pollock as well as the 2006 documentary Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film. He is the owner/breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses, including the winner of the 1984 Kentucky Derby. He is also the owner of Greenwich Polo Club. He has accumulated numerous works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Christopher Wool. Notable pieces include Warhol’s “Thirty Are Better Than One” a collage of thirty Mona Lisas and Koon’s “Pink Panther”.

In regards to negative reviews, Brant explained, “I pay attention: if people are critically against somebody, that’s a sign to me that there’s some interest there, that there’s an interesting statement there. IF I hear that somebody’s getting really bad reviews, that sometimes attracts me because historically, many great artists have gotten very bad reviews.”

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

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