News Recap: May 20, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Tintoretto’s “Samson” recovered by Ukrainian border guards (screenshot via YouTube)

Tintoretto’s “Samson” recovered by Ukrainian border guards (screenshot via YouTube)

Stolen Paintings Discovered in Ukrainian Forest
Stolen from the Museo di Castelvecchio six months ago, 17 Old Masters paintings valued at over $18.3 million have found on an island in Ukraine. Border guards near the Moldovan border found the paintings, which include works by Rubens, Tintoretto, and Mantegna, wrapped in plastic bags and buried underneath a pile of leaves. Italian experts will authenticate the paintings before they are returned to the museum.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Photo London On View This Week
The second edition of the international photography fair, Photo London, is currently on view at Somerset House this week. 85 galleries from around the world are exhibiting the best of photography both old and new. Additionally, 50 satellite events are scheduled at many locations around the city.
Read the full story (The New York Times)

YouTube Pranksters Serve Time for Fake Art Heist
After staging a fake art heist in the National Portrait Gallery, members of Trollstation, the YouTube channel that posts videos of disruptive public antics, have pleaded guilty to two counts of “using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behavior with intent to cause fear of, or provoke unlawful violence for their involvement in the two hoaxes.” This same group has also been charged for feigning a kidnapping and theft at the Tate Britain on the same day. Each participant received a jail sentence from 16 to 20 weeks.
Read the full story (BBC)