Abraham Bloemart's "Moses Striking the Rock," a painting from 1596 now in its collection. The museum said it had investigated and did not find compelling evidence that Curt Glaser had been forced to sell the painting. Metropolitan Museum of Art via The New York Times. by Catherine Hickley
(NYT NEWS SERVICE)
.- The Nazi authorities removed Curt Glaser from his post as director of the Berlin State Art Library in April 1933 because he was Jewish. He was also evicted from his home and, the following month, sold most of his art collection at two auctions. Since 2007, 13 private collectors or institutions including the Dutch Restitutions Committee, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the city of Basel have concluded that Glaser sold his collection in May 1933 as a result of Nazi persecution, and agreed to either return or pay some compensation to his heirs for art he sold that wound up in their collections. But the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have repeatedly rejected the heirs claims for paintings that were sold at the same auctions. They argue there is not enough evidence that Glaser sold under duress. The disparity in the decisions highlights how, 76 years after World War II ended, the criter ... More
Hauser & Wirth
As a leading international gallery of modern and contemporary work, Hauser & Wirth does not disappoint, hosting American abstractionist Jack Whitten’s first solo exhibition in Asia. Until July 31, this collection of rarely seen paintings, sculptures and works on paper includes significant works that track Whitten’s evolution as an artist. Included in the exhibition is his ‘Black Monolith’ painting series, which honours African American visionaries and uses an eclectic mix of materials to capture the essence of his admired subjects.
Left: David Adjaye, “Khufu”, 2021 @ David Adjaye, courtesy Pace Gallery. / Right: Adam Pendleton, “Untitled (WE ARE NOT)”, @ Adam Pendleton, courtesy Pace Gallery