DNA test proves Salvador Dalí is not Pilar Abel’s father The sixty-one year-old tarot card reader filed a lawsuit against the foundation and the Spanish state after she alleged that her mother had an affair with the painter while working as a maid in Port Lligat, Spain. In June, a judge in Madrid ordered the exhumation of the artist’s body, with biological samples taken from his hair, nails, and bones.
London’s Carroll/Fletcher gallery to close The London-based commercial gallery is to close after five years with co-founders Jonathon Carroll and Steve Fletcher parting to independently run a commercial and non-profit space respectively. In other gallery news, Laura Bartlett Gallery in East London, which represents artists including Sol Calero, Becky Beasley and Marie Lund, is also closing after 12 years.
Louvre Abu Dhabi to finally open on 11 November Due to construction delays, the inauguration of the Jean Nouvel–designed building has been pushed back a number of times since the project was launched in 2007. Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, the museum’s holdings consist of over 600 artworks.
Brazilian surfer’s war photography revealed to be fake BBC Brazil has issued an extensive report revealing Eduardo Martins had photoshopped images of war-torn countries and co-opted the identity of a British surfer. The images of soldiers and dilapidated cities were culled from the internet, with the blonde man photoshopped into each of the settings not Martins but a British surfer named Max Hepworth-Povey.
Trove of rare Monet artefacts to be sold at auction Christie’s is to auction objects including artworks by Monet himself and his friends such as Édouard Manet, Auguste Rodin and Paul Signac; Japanese prints that he owned and that inspired him; and more personal items such as photographs, his spectacles and a garden pot.
Lost for 136 years: ‘fake’ Tom Roberts painting bought for £7,500 could sell for $1m Rejection, bought by the former mayor of Maroochydore, is deemed to be first self-portrait by the father of Australian impressionism. The painting by Tom Roberts had been in unknown private hands until 2013 when it was listed by Bamfords Auctioneers in the UK for an estimated £60 to £100.
Miami arts institutions prepare for Hurricane Irma The Perez Art Museum Miami, the Wolfsonian, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, the Margulies at the Warehouse, Dimensions Variable, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Faena Art are among the cultural venues that shut their doors and have announced that they will remain closed through the weekend. All public programs and other events scheduled to take place during this time have been cancelled.
Dakota Elders decide to bury Sam Durant’s controversial sculpture Scaffold was removed from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden last June following protests from outraged Dakota groups. The decision arrives after lengthy discussions between Dakota people over what to do with a public artwork that put on display a painful part of their history: a depiction of seven historical gallows used in state-sanctioned hangings.
Stolen art by Georg Baselitz, worth $2.9 million, recovered by German authorities The 15 stolen paintings and drawings have been recovered from a man arrested in Germany. He was trying to sell the works after returning from an overseas trip.
1. Salvador Dalí 1939. Photo: Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress. Creative Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salvador_Dal%C3%AD_1939.jpg