News Recap: April 7, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

Lazy Bones by Norman Rockwell

Stolen Norman Rockwell Painting Returned to Owners After 40 Years
More than 40 years after a painting by American illustrator Norman Rockwell was stolen from the home of the Grant family in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, The FBI Art Crime Team has returned it to the rightful owners. Purchased for only $100 by Robert Grant in the 1950s after he damaged it at a friend’s house in a game of billiards, the painting is now valued at $1 Million. The piece was stolen from the Grant residence in 1976 along with a television and silver coin collection. Last year, an anonymous antiques dealer contacted the FBI’s art crime division to say he was in possession of the stolen work. He is not believed to have been involved with the theft.
Read the full story (artnet News)

NEH Awards $173,833 to VMFA to Digitize Louis Draper Archive
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts a $173,833 grant to digitize, preserve, and share the archive of photographer Louis Draper. Richmond-born Draper was influential in his portrayal of African Americans during the civil rights movement. He was a founding member of the collective of African American photographers, Kamoinge Workshop, in 1963. Draper’s archive includes over 2,800 photographs, over 42,000 negatives, 748 contact sheets, 4,378 slides, cgi images, computer disks, and camera equipment.
Read the full story (VMFA)

Photojournalist Peter Johns Dies at 86
British photojournalist Peter Johns has died at the age of 86. Johns was part of Britan’s new wave of photojournalists in the 1960s and 70s, though not part of the Fleet Street Pack. For 20 years he worked for the Guardian and other newspapers where he developed a decidedly artistic style of photojournalism. Johns’ biggest story was on the Aberfan disaster in 1966, where 140 people were killed.
Read the full story (The Guardian)