Transom

Art History According to George Clooney

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“What a great combination: killing Nazis and saving art,” said the artist Tom Sachs. “It’s kind of like my day job—my dream day job.”

Mr. Sachs was talking to The Observer about The Monuments Men, the new Hollywood film celebrating the unlikely band of art historians, conservators, curators and others that rescued Nazi-looted artwork toward the end of World War II. It’s not every day a mainstream movie revolves around, or even mentions, art, and the city’s cultural mavens are more or less on board. Read More

Art Crime

$800 M. in Nazi-Looted Art May Be Hidden in German Silver Mine

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Some art historians now believe that 250 to 500 artworks taken by the Nazis and valued today at £500 million ($800 million) may be buried inside a silver mine under the Erzgebirge mountains in Germany, not far from the Czech border, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Specialists will descend into the mine in May in search of the art. (Thank you to Artspace’s A+ blog for bringing the item to our attention.) Read More