Friday’s Art Notes
Paris Modern Art Museum, which was closed after five works — including paintings by modern masters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso — were stolen. Photo by Bertrand Langlois/ AFP/ Getty Images” src=“http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/images/0521_musee.jpg” width=“550” height=“366” class=“mt-image-left” style=“float: left; margin: 0 20px 20px 0;” />
A woman sits on the stairs at the entrance of the Paris Modern Art Museum, which was closed after five works — including paintings by modern masters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso — were stolen. The canvases, worth a total of more than $100 million dollars, were discovered missing from the city-run Musee d’Art Moderne when it opened its doors. Photo by Bertrand Langlois/ AFP/ Getty Images
Correction: Art Notes used a figure of as much as $635 million for the value of the stolen works, but late on Thursday that estimate was downgraded to about $112 million.
The Los Angeles Times assesses the security lapses that made the big heist possible.
Mohammad Nourizad, another imprisoned Iranian film director, has also declared a hunger strike, following his colleague Jafar Panahi, via Reuters.
The Times has a story of a gay Iranian actress who fears violent punishment by her government if she returns after being deported from Britain.
The Wall Street Journal looks at internal challenges and arguments at the developing Museum of Hip-Hop, including questions about compensation for Hip-Hop legends (coming from those legends themselves).
The death masks of three members of Germany’s radical leftist group the Red Army Faction (also known at one point as the Baader-Meinhof Group) are on public display for the first time as part of an art exhibit about the 1960s, via The Art Newspaper.