A weekly recap of art world news.
Hollywood Photographer George Barris Dies at 94
George Barris, known for his portraits of Mariyln Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin, and Clark Gable, has died at the age of 94. Barris served as a photographer in the army during World War II before working for publications including Cosmopolitan, Real Detective, and Parade. He also worked as the set photographer for the 1963 film Cleopatra. In 1995, Barris published the book Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe’s Revealing Las Words and Photographs, for which he is best known.
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Old Masters Paintings are Suspected Forgeries
French police are investigating $225 million worth of paintings attributed to Old Masters that are suspected to be forgeries. The investigation is being called “the biggest art scandal in a century” and could ruin the reputations of the experts who originally authenticated the works. After a painting titled “Venus” attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder was seized from an exhibition in March, a French judge launched the investigation. The painting, “Venus” was thought to have been painted in 1531 and was sold to the Prince of Leichtenstein in 2013 by Colnaghi Gallery in London. When the painting was sized, experts warned that it could be one of several forgeries recently sold in London. The Louvre is currently assessing its authenticity. Other paintings under investigation include a $10.6 million portrait attributed to Frans Hals.
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Photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans Killed in Libya
Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans was shot in the chest by an ISIS sniper while covering the city of Sirte. He was 45 years old. In 2012, Oerlemans was kidnapped and wounded by ISIS in Syria, but was released after a week and continued to cover wars in Afghanistan, Syria, and Lybia.
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